First Draft Army (WWI Draft)
Grand Rapids
, MI

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Click on the image for a larger view. WARNING: The image is approximately 2.5MB.The following database was compiled from a copy of the Grand Rapids Press of Grand Rapids Michigan on July 20 and July 21, 1917. Grand Rapids was responsible for supplying 204 soldiers by draft to fill its army quota of 1445 men. This number was relatively small as 1241 local boys had already enlisted. Each ward was responsible for supplying approximately 1/3 of the 204 soldiers. "It is sure therefore that all these named among the 1st hundred drawn are drafted and must go to war unless exempted later on. The expected exemption will render considerably more than the first hundred from this ward liable to service in the first draft army.

The names are given in the order in which the serial numbers were drawn. The 1st ward embraces all of the west side of Grand Rapids from the river to the western limits."

The order of the draws are listed as "1st Hundred, 2nd Hundred, 3rd Hundred, etc." In some cases, not all the draws have exactly 100 people as there were some duplications removed. However, the order listed in this database is the order in which the serial# of the draftee was drawn in each set and thus not in alphabetical order. To find a surname of interest, click on the letter of the first letter of the surname. You can return to the original listing by clicking on the link "Original View".

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NOTE: These listings are for the 1st Ward only.

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Original View
(Total Number of Records in Database: 16)

  • Evarts, Gordon B
    Serial#: 3383
    Address: 106 Valley
    Draw: 1st Hundred
  • Everet, Stephen
    Serial#: 3722
    Address: 1043 Pulawski
    Draw: 7th Hundred
  • Elzinga, Cornelius
    Serial#: 544
    Address: 826 Courtney
    Draw: 14th Hundred
  • Esch, Edward J
    Serial#: 3382
    Address: 715 California
    Draw: 1st Hundred
  • Erhardt, John F
    Serial#: 2548
    Address: 337 Sixth
    Draw: 8th Hundred
  • Eddy, Orno G
    Serial#: 1028
    Address: 823 Broadway
    Draw: 16th Hundred
  • Evert, Toney
    Serial#: 3721
    Address: 1043 Pulawski
    Draw: 1st Hundred
  • Erhardt, Anthony J
    Serial#: 2546
    Address: 623 Front
    Draw: 9th Hundred
  • Erickson, Fred J
    Serial#: 1453
    Address: 1305 Scribner
    Draw: 16th Hundred
  • Elkins, William H
    Serial#: 542
    Address: 1424 Alpine
    Draw: 3rd Hundred
  • Englishman, Peter
    Serial#: 2177
    Address: 417 Roselle
    Draw: 9th Hundred
  • Eifer, Konstanty
    Serial#: 2831
    Address: 208 Lexington
    Draw: 16th Hundred
  • Eaton, William W
    Serial#: 194
    Address: 1256 Frederick
    Draw: 3rd Hundred
  • Emorey, Claude W
    Serial#: 3718
    Address: 900 Hovey
    Draw: 11th Hundred
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  • Ekwert, Stanley
    Serial#: 3715
    Address: 1032 Park
    Draw: 4th Hundred
  • Evarts, Jay L
    Serial#: 2178
    Address: 507 Lincoln
    Draw: 13th Hundred
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