Without a doubt, prohibition was a big deal in Kansas, particularly during the early part of the 20th century.
From 1905 to 1909, Kansas governor Edward Hoch was considered a Progressive Republican as he supported several reforms in state government. Before being elected as governor, Hoch served two terms in the Kansas House of Representatives and was a Republican leader during the “Legislative War.” That was the winter of 1893, when Lorenzo Lewelling was inaugurated as the state’s 12th governor and angry words and fists flew in the Kansas House of Representatives. The Republican and Populist parties were determined to be the majority party, so each elected its own speaker and tried to bring the House to order.
But, in 1905, Hoch began reforms such as a child labor law, a maximum freight rate bill and a commission to authorize the review of railroads. He sought changes in the way voters nominated candidates in the state primary election and advocated improvements in the state’s hospitals, prisons and juvenile courts.
But Hoch raised eyebrows when, in 1905, he and his daughter were asked to commission a U.S. Navy ship.
Hoch balked at breaking the traditional bottle of champagne over the ship’s bow.
Question: What did Hoch use to commission the ship instead?
Don’t forget: The contest Saturday.
Answer to Tuesday’s question: One of the projects for which Millie Hill championed the longest and hardest was the Orpheum Theatre. Beginning in the early 1970s, she was a member of the original group that helped save the building. She helped get the Orpheum listed on the National Register of Historic Places, replace the roof, repair its walls, upgrade utilities and waterproof the building.
Check back in this spot Thursday for the answer to today’s question.