Decatur County Kansas
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.
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
Last updated Thursday, May 02, 2002