6/5/1917 Arthur, IL was his address when he registered for the draft. He verified his birth date and place and said he was engaged in farming. He had a wife and 4 children and gave support of the family as reason for exemption. He was of medium height, stout build with blue eyes and light hair. Registrar Joseph Hance said support of the wife was reason enough for deferment.
1918 Arthur, R1 N Okaw Sec32 O 80a Sec11 T80, Coles Co, IL. A listing of county farmers said he owned 80 acres in S11 as well as being tenent farmer of 80 acres owned by May Ellison located at S11. The names of his wife and children were also included: Irma Ellison, Omer, Elmer, Orvil, and Francis.