1917: eligible for the Great War
"As the United States entered World War I in 1917, Howard County participated in its own way," writes local historian Joetta M. Cramm. "June 9, 1917, registration for the service brought out 1,193 young men, ages twenty-one to thirty-one, 894 white and 290 'colored.' Of this number, 518 had dependents, 8 were disabled, 15 declared occupational exemptions, leaving 514 eligible for service. The entire list of names was published in the newspaper."
[Source: Howard County: A Pictorial History by Joetta M. Cramm]