TGIF & Happy Memorial Day Weekend!
26,384 Detroitiers were to be drafted in the summer of 1917 to fight in WWI. On Jul 21, The Detroit Free Press printed the first 7000 names of service eligible men who were to report to Lansing. By the 26th of July, 30,000 Detroit men were changing their summer plans. Rather than going to the beach and courting their sweethearts, they would be settling their affairs before leaving for boot camp.
You can check for your WWI first call Detroit ancestors on the following days with a Detroit Free Press subscription.
- July 21
- July 24
- July 25
- July 26
The Detroit Free Press from 1837-Sept 2015 is available by subscription for either $7.95/month or $59.95/year. For more information or to subscribe, go to www.freep.com and click on Archives at the top of the page.