WWI Registration for Beaver Township in Decatur County

Beaver Township, Decatur County Kansas
World War I Draft Registration


Thanks to Kathy Godgluck for sharing this wonderful information with us. Kathy we really appreciate it!  What a valuable source of history for our county.

On May 18, 1917, the Selective Service Act was passed authorizing the President to increase temporarily the military establishment of the United States. The Selective Service System, under the office of the Provost Marshal General, was responsible for the process of selecting men for induction into the military service, from the initial registration to the actual delivery of men to military training camps

During World War I there were three registrations. The first, on June 5, 1917, was for all men between the ages of 21 and 31. The second, on June 5, 1918, registered those who attained age 21 after June 5, 1917. (A supplemental registration was held on August 24, 1918, for those becoming 21 years old after June 5, 1918. This was included in the second registration.) The third registration was held on September 12, 1918, for men age 18 through 45..  

For more information about the draft you can read this from the National Archives and Records Administration

 The following is an article taken from the Cedar Bluffs' Beaver Valley Booster newspaper. 

Nineteen Register Here June 5th
   Registration Day, Tuesday, June 5th, passed off quietly here.  Nineteen registered in Beaver Township.  Old Glory was in evidence, flying from most all business houses.  A parade was talked of but the rain interfered.  Mrs. H. S. Kennedy and Levi Tilton had charge of the Registration.  Mr. Bickley did not serve as he was away on Monday, and we suppose it was thought that he could not be here in time to serve so Mr. Tilton was asked to serve.  Mr. Bickley came in late Monday evening.
   It is believed that but one or two will be drafted from this Township, however, we are all in the dark as to just how    many, and who, will be drafted.

This Receipt Card shows that Beaver Township was given 25 blank registration card, 22 being used and 3 blanks.  Mrs. Fannie (H. S.) Kennedy was in charge of Registration.

Handwritten copy of names who registered from Beaver Township.
June 5, 1917


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