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: 31)

  • Olds, Vern M
    Serial#: 1572
    Address: 340 Myrtle
    Draw: 1st Hundred
  • Ondrovie, Steve
    Serial#: 3918
    Address: 111 Delony
    Draw: 7th Hundred
  • Olish, Frank L
    Serial#: 1933
    Address: 747 Fremont
    Draw: 13th Hundred
  • Olson, Helmer
    Serial#: 3499
    Address: 43 Straight
    Draw: 1st Hundred
  • Oviatt, John C
    Serial#: 3236
    Address: 123 Richards
    Draw: 7th Hundred
  • Overkleeft, John
    Serial#: 96
    Address: 851 North
    Draw: 13th Hundred
  • Olson, Paul E
    Serial#: 3232
    Address: 928 Chatham
    Draw: 2nd Hundred
  • Overbeek, John
    Serial#: 736
    Address: 1140 Widdicomb
    Draw: 7th Hundred
  • Orlando, Bianchi
    Serial#: 3919
    Address: 1052 Butterworth
    Draw: 14th Hundred
  • Ostrowcki, Tony
    Serial#: 2330
    Address: 816 Third
    Draw: 3rd Hundred
  • Owczarzak, Marion
    Serial#: 738
    Address: 901 McReynolds
    Draw: 8th Hundred
  • Owczarzak, Floyd
    Serial#: 1213
    Address: 844 Davis
    Draw: 15th Hundred
  • Obuchowski, Foliks
    Serial#: 726
    Address: 919 McRenyolds
    Draw: 4th Hundred
  • Oosse, John Jr.
    Serial#: 292
    Address: 1124 Leonard
    Draw: 8th Hundred
  • Oshinski, Charles
    Serial#: 3922
    Address: 231 Gunnison
    Draw: 15th Hundred
  • Orintos, Tony
    Serial#: 1211
    Address: 1236 Hamilton
    Draw: 4th Hundred
  • Ohaisian, Miekerdick
    Serial#: 1932
    Address: 751 Stocking
    Draw: 9th Hundred
  • Opacki, Charles
    Serial#: 1937
    Address: 740 Fremont
    Draw: 15th Hundred
  • Ottenwess, Victor R
    Serial#: 1574
    Address: 1243 Turner
    Draw: 4th Hundred
  • Owczarzak, Louis
    Serial#: 1214
    Address: 844 Davis
    Draw: 9th Hundred
  • Ostrowski, Walter
    Serial#: 735
    Address: 929 McReynolds
    Draw: 16th Hundred
  • Olsen, Ole R
    Serial#: 3916
    Address: 160 Straight
    Draw: 6th Hundred
  • Ormsby, Harry G
    Serial#: 2950
    Address: 157 Lexington
    Draw: 10th Hundred
  • Osytek, Stanley
    Serial#: 3925
    Address: 1125 Park
    Draw: 17th Hundred
  • Orgyilan, Lasar
    Serial#: 93
    Address: 1563 Seward
    Draw: 6th Hundred
  • Olsziwski, Felex
    Serial#: 2948
    Address: 146 Straight
    Draw: 10th Hundred
  • Ornee, Ralph
    Serial#: 734
    Address: 841 Leonard
    Draw: 17th Hundred
  • Orlowski, Stanley
    Serial#: 3921
    Address: 941 Butterworth
    Draw: 6th Hundred
  • Olson, Albert
    Serial#: 1934
    Address: 1253 Fourth
    Draw: 10th Hundred
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  • Olejniczak, Stanley
    Serial#: 3915
    Address: 352 Gunnison
    Draw: 7th Hundred
  • Olds, Clarence F
    Serial#: 1571
    Address: 1300 Broadway
    Draw: 11th Hundred
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    Serial#:
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    Draw:
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