I posted this on the General message board. Someone suggested I ask here. Wanted to post my original post, and ask this question:
How were WWI Draft cards filled out? Were they mailed out, or did people congregate in an office and have to stand in line to fill them out?
I was looking for the death of a Roy Ferdig.
First, I found his name in his brother's 1932 obituary from South Dakota. So, I knew his name and that he died before 1932. Next, I found him on the 1900 U.S. Federal Census as Royal Ferdig age 1/12 (one month old) born in May 1900. Then I noticed a Roy B. Ferdig who died on June 6, 1927 in Union County, South Dakota, and figured it was the person I was looking for. It was even confirmed when I found a book listing where he was buried, giving the dates 1900-1927.
Then, I got to the WWI Draft Card.
Apparently, he lists his name as Roy Bryan Ferdig, birth date May 24, 1880, yet his age as 18. I double checked the image to make sure it was the person who I was looking for, and it was. The birth date is hand-written, so it wasn't a typing error. He listed his employer as John Ferdig of Elk Point, which means he was probably a farmer working for his parents, as that is the name of his father.
Guess I'm just confused as to why he would write 1880, yet give his age as 18. His parents were married in 1889, and would've been 13 and 8 in 1880, so right there, I know it's an improper and implausible birth year.