11 July 2016

Harry Klingelsmith WWI Draft Registration

"World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918," [database on-line], Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed ), Entry for Harry LeRoy Klingelsmith; number 4; 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. Imaged from Family History Library microfilm.

The record doesn't state the wife of Harry, but Harry Klingelsmith married my grand aunt, Maggie Graf, on 21 November 1916 in Manistee, Michigan.  Harry signed this registration on 5 June 1917. Harry and Maggie had one child, Doris, at this time.  This is the family that Harry is claiming he has to support. Harry was 27 years old and living in Chief, Michigan.  Chief is a very small place in Manistee county, Michigan. 

World War I draft registrations can be filled with information.  The piece of information that I appreciated having from this record was his birth date, 3 June 1890, and birth place, North Grove, Miami, Indiana. One would hope that this information is accurate because Harry provided the information.   One would still want to find a primary record of his birth to verify it.

Harry died at the age of 70 and is buried in Brethren Cemetery, Brethren, Michigan.  To my knowledge he never fought during WWI.

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