6/5/1917 RFD#4, West Salem, Wabash Co, IL was his address when he registered for the draft. He gave his birth date as 7/7/189 and did verify the place. His occupation was farmer with his father and gave mental disability as a reason for deferment. The registrar described him as medium height, slender build, with gray eyes, dark brown hair and mentally unsound.
Following the death of his parents, he and brother Joe lived with sister Sylvia and George Strine in Lancaster, Wabash Co, IL where he was listed by the 1920 census at age 30.
In 1930 he was 40 and living with the family of brother Albert in Lafayette, Coles Co, IL.