WWI Draft Card of Max Augustus LINN
Six weeks after the United States declared war on Germany on 6 April 1917, all men in the U.S. were required by law to register according to the ‘Selective Service Act’ passed by Congress May 18th to build up it’s military. There were three separate registrations:
1st – 5 June 1917 for men age 21 to 31 who were born between 6 June 1886 and 5 June 1896
2nd – 5 June 1918 for men who turned 21 since the first registration or otherwise did not register
3rd – 12 Sept 1918 for men age 18 – 21 and 31 – 45
Max registered in the 2nd group since his birthday came after the cut off date for the 1st registration. It is estimated that 24 million men in the U.S. completed a World War I registration card which accounted for about 98% of the men under the age of 46.
There are several bits of information that can be gleaned from this card:
Max Augustus LINN 1896-1952
- Proof of Max’s birth date and place
- Residence where Max lived
- His closest family member which was his wife Eula Mae HOLDER
- Where he worked (he was a barber)
Seeing his signature, ‘Max A. Linn” helps personalize this kindred man.
This is what Crew Street in Atlanta looks like today.
Eula Mae HOLDER was the 3rd child of Alma Josephine JACKSON and James Solomon HOLDER the 10th of December 1900. Locust Grove, Henry County, GA was where her family resided and she was born.
On the 2nd of Sept 1917 she married Max Augustus LINN in Griffin, Spalding County, GA.
She and Max had 4 children together; 2 that grew to adulthood and 2 that died as babies.
Eula Mae worked at a dress making factory in the finishing department. She would add belts and sashes to finished dresses among other things.
She was an avid seamstress at home making her own clothes as well as dresses for her sister Mamie, quilts, and doll clothes for her grandchildren. If she wasn’t sewing she was crocheting. She could crochet anything. She had the ability to look at a finished crocheted article and duplicate it. Some items she crocheted were bedspreads, turtle bags to cover Ivory soap bars, and lots of laced edges on women’s dime store handkerchiefs.
Reading was a great hobby of hers with romance novels being the genre of choice. She had a jewelry box of costume jewelry brooches (as seen in the picture) and on a shallow, little shelf were displayed her collection of miniature ceramic pitchers.
She and her son bought a victorian house in the Little Five Points area of Atlanta in the 40″s – 50’s and lived in the upper apartment until the last few years of her full life.
She died at home in Covington GA, 1993.
Max Augustus LINN 1896-1952
Max Augustus LINN was born on the 30th of August 1896 in White, Bartow County, GA. His father was Western Hardy LINN (yes, Western) and Martha A. GILREATH.
Besides Max’s birth, here are a few other things that occured in 1896:
- George Burns and F. Scott Fitzgerald were born too.
- Utah was admitted as the 45th state.
- John Philip Sousa composed “Stars & Stripes”.
- The 1st known women’s basketball game was played between Stanford and California.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe and Anton Bruckner died.
- The 3rd deadliest tornado in the U.S. hit St. Louis killing 255 people and injuring 1000.
- An earthquake and tsunami hit Japan killing 27,000.
- H.L. Smith took the 1st X-ray photograph.
- The first modern Olympics were held in Athens.
- Gold was discovered in Klondike, Yukon.
He married Eula Mae HOLDER on the 2nd of September 1917 in Griffin, Spaulding County, GA.
He was a barber by trade.
Max and Eula had 4 children together. Two died in infancy
His death occurred on the 30th of June 1952 at the age of 55 in Milledgeville, Baldwin County, GA.
Nice bow tie! He’s looking rather dapper.