Monday, May 24, 2010

John Sylvester Smith's WWI Draft Card

I found John Sylvester Smith's WWI draft card today. I love these draft cards, because they sometimes give information you can't find anywhere else.

John filled out his card when he was 34 years old, in September 1918.

At the time, he was living at 221 North 8th Street, Fredonia, Kansas. He was working as a foreman for a Mr. E.D. Russell, whom John listed as his emergency contact. When asked for "nearest relative," John, being an orphan, listed "no near relatives."

He had blue eyes, light colored hair, a medium build and medium height.

A year or two after completing this draft card, John married Floy.

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