In 1917 the United States declared war on Germany. Due to only moderate amounts of citizens enlisting in the military at the time, the draft was initiated in an effort to gather more troops. On three days in 1917 and 1918, 24 million men born between 1872 and 1900 provided information for draft registration cards. More than 80% of these men were awarded exemptions or referrals and were not asked to serve.
At the time of the draft the only two Zesut’s eligible were my great-grandfather Anthony and his younger brother Joseph.
Following is a microfilm scan of Joseph’s WW1 draft card. Click on the image to view enlargement.
Source: Ancestry.com. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005. Original data: United States, Selective Service System. World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. M1509, 4,582 rolls. Registration Location: Hartford County, Connecticut; Roll: 1562000; Draft Board: 1.
Joseph Zesut’s WW1 Draft Card
- 1. Name In Full? Joseph Paul Zesut
- 2. Permanent Home Address? Box 2 Glastonbury, Htfd Conn
- 3. AgeIn Years? 18
- 4. Date Of Birth? March 18, 1900
- 5. Race? White
- 14. Alien?Non Declarate
- 15. If not a citizen, of which country are you a citizen or subject? Austria, (Galicia)
- 16. Present Occupation? Fireman
- 17. Employers Name? N.Y.N.H.+H.R.R. Co
- 19. Nearest Relative? Mrs. Annie Zesut (Mother)
- 20. Nearest Relative Address? Box 2 Glastonbury Htfd Conn
The reverse side contains the following information:
- 22. Height? Medium
- 25. Build? Medium
- 27. Color Of Eyes? Blue
- 28. Color Of Hair? Brown
The form indicates he has no reasons for exemption from the draft.
The card is signed by the survey taker Stancliff Hill.
Nothing new here genealogically but I wanted to post everything I had about Joseph since the next post regarding him is fairly important.