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Our goal is to celebrate ALL Toomer family members today and yesterday. This blog will include history, genealogy, and reunion news. Additionally we will share our talent in poetry and prose, along with spotlight news on family members.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Poppa's WWI Draft Registration Card

The United States declared war in April of 1917. In May, the Selective Services Act was passed. There were three registrations. The first registration took place on June 5, 1917. This was for men between the ages of 21 and 31. The second registration occurred on June 5, 1918 and this was for men who turned 21 since the last registration. They had a supplemental registration in August. The third registration, which took place on September 12, 1918, appears to be a registration of desperation, as they increased the age requirement to 45 years old. Previously not required to register, poor Poppa, the father of six children, reported to the local draft board. Maybe he was patriotic and wanted to do his civic duty.

This is a copy of his registration card. Not all registrant actually served in the military. You will notice that he is living in Philadelphia and working as a laborer in Gloucester, NJ. (Yes Gloucester.) At the bottom of the first card we get to see Poppa's signature.

Source Information: World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database online] Provo, UT:, 2002. National Archives and Records Administration. World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. M1509, 20,243 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration.


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