Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Great War: May 12, 1917

On May 12, 1917, the Selective Service Act of 1917 was a few days away from being enacted. That would happen on May 18--exactly one hundred years ago today. The first registration day, for all men between the ages of 21 and 31, took place on June 5, 1917. Before either of these things happened, though, there was concern about men being sent off to war. A following want ad appeared in the Hudson Evening Register for May 12, 1917. 

H. C. Miller is Harry C. Miller, who according to the 1910 census was the manager of a hotel located at 213-215 Warren Street--the Worth Hotel. The census lists his wife's occupation as "Lady of the House" at the hotel. It also lists all the people employed that the hotel, as porters, housekeepers, chambermaids, and waitresses, as well as the people who were long-term residents of the hotel. Among the latter were Volkert Whitbeck, photographer; L. Royce Tilden and J. Rider Cady, both lawyers; and Alfred A. Benson, the office manager of a woolen mill.

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