I really love the WWI and WWII Draft Registration cards available on Ancestry. The cards are so informative and have helped me out a lot in “fleshing out” my research – literally.

I like that I’m able to tell what their height and build, and eye and hair colors are.  I also get a surprise once in a while and learn about medical problems that they may have had.

In this case, from the WWI Registration, I found out that Loveman Jackson Cossabone of New Jersey was missing his right leg at the knee.  I’m now interested in learning about how he may have lost it. He was only 34 years old at the time he filled this out, so that must have been a great blow when it happened and affected his work and life.

He was also in the WWII Draft Registration, but at age 59 he wasn’t a likely candidate.  This form doesn’t even mention the fact that he’s missing a leg.

  • Mariann Regan - June 3, 2013 - 9:24 pm

    Fascinating. Your post motivates me to go to the original record. In my “forward march” to archive our entire family tree at the state historical society, I’ve just made note of WWI and WWII registrations without exploring the details. I’m making a mental note to revisit, “flesh out,” and tell some stories. Thanks for this post.ReplyCancel

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I love it when newspapers post things from 10, 20 or 50 years ago on that date. This particular obituary is for my husband’s 3rd great-grandfather, Hedger C. Pierce. It was in the “Twenty Years Ago Today” section.  I was surprised and excited to find it. It was in the 18 December 1912 edition of the Bridgeton Evening News, Bridgeton, New Jersey.  Have you ever had a great find in one of these sections?

Hedger C. Pierce, an old soldier, died at the home of his son, Ward Pierce, 196 Broad street.  He had been in poor health for several years.  The deceased was a member of the Tenth Regiment, New Jersey Volunteers.

  • Mariann Regan - June 3, 2013 - 11:30 am

    Yes, I too like the “twenty years ago today” billing. Let’s see, Tenth Regiment, New Jersey volunteers. Is this a state militia? Is this why they call him an “old soldier”? Or was there another war that he had participated in on a national level? It is indeed great to have an ancestor’s anniversary marked.

    In my family, the only newspaper anniversary I can think of is the 75th anniversary in 2009 in the Sumter, SC newspaper of my Uncle Coit (in 1934) as a young motorcycle officer, stalking and shooting two armed robbers at the Claremont Hotel in Sumter. He got the robbers as they were in the act or robbing the safe and threatening the hotel clerk and the elevator boy with guns. Uncle Coit killed one robber, but the other escaped, wounded, and was later found. Eventually Coit became Chief of Police. (All in my book.)ReplyCancel

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Here is yet another great photograph of my 3rd great-grandmother, Louisa Pottgen Thornton (1836-1919).  This was taken by H. A. Seymour in Sioux City, Iowa.

  • Mariann Regan - May 30, 2013 - 9:31 am

    Here she looks more wistful and thoughtful. And what an attractive lace collar!ReplyCancel

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This is the gravestone of Palmer M. Melhus (24 Oct 1900- 31 July 1966), son of Peter Lornts Melhus.  He is buried in Riverside Cemetery, Dunseith, Rolette County, Nebraska.

  • Mariann Regan - May 28, 2013 - 8:21 pm

    I have a special respect for WWII veterans. My father was in WWII, an Army Captain/Major.ReplyCancel

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