Jefferson County Records
Located in the North Country of New York State, Jefferson County spans approximately 1,300 square miles and borders Lake Ontario and Canada, It is comprised of twenty-two towns, twenty villages, and one city.
With the passing of the Selective Service Act on May 18, 1917, which required all men in the U.S. between the ages of 21 and 30 to register for military service, the president was given the power to draft soldiers for war. Jefferson County was divided into three draft districts. District two was comprised of Adams, Brownville, Ellisburg, Henderson, Houndsfield, LeRay, Lorraine, Rodman, and Worth. There were four Federal registrations and one State registration. The State registration was one of preparedness and included an industrial as well as a military census of the people, both men and women between the ages of 16 and 50 years of age, while the Federal registration included those of 21 to 30 inclusive. The last registration expanded to include those between the ages of 18 and 45. The first registration was held on June 5, 1917 between 7 A.M. and 9 P.M. On this day, 1,726 individuals registered from draft district two. The second registration was held one year later on June 5, 1918 and targeted all boys who reached the age of 21 during that past year. A third registration was held on August 24, 1918. As call was so great for men and so many of them had been called for service of the previous draft, the government changed the registration to 18 to 45 years. The fourth and last registration was held September 12, 1918. The total number registered of Draft District No, 2 was 2, 847.
J. Frank Morgan, Local Historian, Town of Brownville and Village of Dexter, 1922, New York State Education Dept. Division of Archives and History World War I Veterans' Service Data and Photographs, 1917-1939. NYSA_A0412-78.