Joseph Hyrum Ranson WWI Draft Card


Joseph Hyrum Ranson, abt. 1915

I’m prepping for a trip to the Family History Library tomorrow and was collecting all the information I already have about the Joseph & Vilate Ranson family and, more importantly, what I don’t have.

In these searches, I came across Joseph’s WWI Draft Registration Card. I love that it includes his signature! It’s amazing to consider that he signed this paper nearly 100 years ago! I also love the way they list his physical description…he could really be anyone, it’s not very specific!


Order Number: 139
Joseph Hyrum Ranson
Randolf, Rich, U[tah]
Age: 33
DOB: April 27, 1885
White, Native Born
Electrician – Utah & Wyo. Tel. Co.

Nearest Relative [Spouse]:
Vilate Elizabeth Ranson
Randolph, Rich U[tah]


Signed: Joseph Hyrum Ranson

Height: Medium
Build: Medium
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Dark Brown
Date of Registration: 9/12/1918

"United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918," digital images, Family Search ( : downloaded 28 July 2014), Joseph Hyrum Ranson, draft registration; citing GS Film Number: 001983887, Digital Folder Number: 005243490, Image Number 03121.

“United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918,” digital images, Family Search ( : downloaded 28 July 2014), Joseph Hyrum Ranson, draft registration; citing GS Film Number: 001983887, Digital Folder Number: 005243490, Image Number 03121.


Posted by on 28 July 2014 | Posted in Military Records, Photograph, Ranson | Comment

WWI Draft Card – Victor E. Lund

The United States joined World War I on April 6, 1917. The Selective Service Act of 1917 required all males aged 21 to 30 to register for military service. Later the age range was expanded to include ages 18 to 45 and to ban volunteering. 4.8 million Americans served during World War I, and about 2.8 million of those were drafted. Approximately 24 million men registered for World War I.

Victor Erastus Lund took part in the first registration, on June 5, 1917 which was for all men ages of 21 to 31. The draft cards are two sided with the draftee filling out the front side and the official completing the back.

click on image to enlarge.

Source: “World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918,” digital image, United States, Selective Service System, ( : downloaded 6 May 2011), Victor Erastus Lund Registration Card; citing World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, form 664, card no. 10233.


Registration Card

Form 664

No. 10233

·         Name in Full – Victor Erastus Lund, age in yrs. 28

·         Home address – Plain City, Utah

·         Date of Birth – Dec 13, 1888

·         Are you – “natural born”

·         Where where you born? – Plain City, Utah

·         If not a citizen, of what country are you a citizen or subject? —

·         What is your present trade, occupation, or office? – Farming

·         By whom employed? – myself

·         Where employed? – Plain City

·         Have you a father, mother, wife, child under 12, or a sister or brother under 12, solely dependent on you for support (specify which)? – wife – one child

·         Married or single (which)? – married

·         Race (specify which)? – Caucasian

·         What military service have you had? – none

·         Do you claim exemption from draft (specify grounds)? —

I affirm that I have verified above answers and that they are true.

(signed) Victor Erastus Lund

Registrar’s Report

A 43-1-34

·         Tall, medium or short (specify which)? – Tall

·         Slender, medium, or stout (which)? – Medium

·         Color of eyes? – Dark Brown

·         Color of hair? – Dark Brown

·         Bald? —

·         Has person lost arm, leg, hand, feet, or both eyes, or is he otherwise disabled (specify)? —

I certify that my answers are ture, that the person registered has read this own answeres, that I have witnesssed his signature, and that all of his answers of which I have knowledge are true, except as follows: _______.

(signed) ???Jackman

Precinct – Plain City

City or County – Weber

State – Utah

Date of registration – June 5


  • I found this card on Ancestry last year, before I had a photograph of Victor. I love that it lists his characteristics.
  • The triangle at the bottom of the front side says: “If person is of African descent, tear off this corner.” Not sure why they wanted this information displayed prominently…they already asked for race on the card.

Posted by on 9 March 2012 | Posted in Lund, Military Records | Comment

Learning more about James K. Harvey

The Lund Family book is complete…thus the quiet blog. I’ve focused all my energy on getting that done, and then took a few weeks off. Well now I’m back and decided that the next book will continue where the first left off. Since The Lund Family focused on the Lund’s immigration to America and concluded with Mathias and Pauline, the next will continue with the Victor-Edith and Eugene-Alene generations.

Alene Anderson, Troy’s paternal grandmother, was married three times.
All I know about her first husband is –
Name: James Kenny Harvey
Married: 1 June 1939 to Alene Anderson
This comes from Alene’s own “Book of Rememberance”

According to Brent, Alene’s son, she divorced James a few years before she married his father Eugene in 1946. So, my search begins for James Harvey. Unfortunately, since he was born after 1911 his death certificate is not available online. I did a general search on just to see what was out there. I found one hit that looks promising:

Source: “Veterans with Federal Service Buried in Utah, Territorial to 1966,” digital image, Utah State Historical Society, Family Search ( : downloaded 5 January 2012), entry for James Kenneth Harvey, died 26 February 1966; citing Veteran Records, FHL microfilm 485,503; Family History Library Salt Lake City, Utah.

Harvey, James Kenneth
Serial Number: 6552063
Rank: Pvt
Organization: Inf
Branch: Army
Period of Service: Peacetime
Date of Enlistment: 16 January 1934; Place: Fort Douglas, Utah
Date of Discharge: 3 August 1935; Place: Fort Douglas, Utah
Date of Birth: 30 March 1917; Place: Ogden, Utah
Place of Death: 26 February 1966; Place: Ogden, Utah
Place of Burial: City: Ogden; County: Weber; Cemetery: City; Plot Location: P1 R B1 10 L 3
Remarks: {blank}
Marker: Govt Ogden City Cem Fwded 4/25/66

I believe this to be the correct James Harvey and this gives me a bit more information about him including his birth and death dates and next of kin. I’m not sure if Marietta Harvey is his wife or mother. I also need to find a marriage record for James and Alene.

Posted by on 5 January 2012 | Posted in Harvey, Military Records | Comment

Who is Lloyd Lund? … the investigation continues

Last time, I wasn’t sure which Lloyd Lund was “my” Lloyd. I had two choices…Lloyd W. and Lloyd H.

3. Next, I decided to do a general Ancestry search for Lloyd Lund born 1918 ± 1 yr, born in Utah. The 1920 Census I’ve already looked at came up, along with the 1930 England Family and Thomas Lund Family Censuses. But…I also got hits for Lloyd Wayne  Lund and Lloyd Harold Lund’s Military Records. Now we’re on to something! So, I looked at both and found the connection…to Sadie Lund!! BINGO!

So “my” Lloyd is in fact – Lloyd Wayne Lund. Born 7 Oct 1918 to Sadie Lund Lyon. A father isn’t listed so that leads me to believe that he was born out of wedlock. Sadie didn’t marry George Benjamin Lyon until 1939 – Lloyd would have been nearly 21 years old! I doubt that George was his father and then waited 20 years to marry his mother. To find that, I guess I’d have to find his Birth or Death Certificate…both of which aren’t available for free on the Utah Archives website, yet. I could pay to money, but I’ll probably just wait.

4. From additional research I found Lloyd’s obituary.

Lloyd Wayne Lund
Standard-Examiner (Ogden, UT) – July 10, 2004
Together Again

OGDEN – Lloyd Wayne Lund , 85, passed away Tuesday, July 6, 2004 at the Crestwood Care Center in Ogden, of causes incident to age.

He was born October 7, 1918 in Plain City, to Sadie Bardella Lund. He was raised in Plain City by his uncle and aunt, Peter M. and Elvira L. Folkman. He graduated from Weber High School.

He married Bessie Grow on October 23, 1942 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Their marriage was solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on September 22, 1943. They loved and cherished each other throughout their lives. They had just celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary before

Bessie passed away October 31, 2003. They lived in Ogden throughout their married life.
Lloyd was a veteran of World War II and was a true patriot.

He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and had a strong testimony of the Gospel. He served in many church capacities throughout his life. He was a member of four bishoprics, a high priest leader, and a temple worker. He was very organized and gave his best in all he did.

He was a Rural Letter Carrier for the U.S. Postal Service for 30 years, retiring in 1979. He was a member of the United Rural Letter Carriers Association and was a member of the Veteran of Foreign Wars Association. Lloyd loved his home, yard, and his church responsibilities. He was an exceptionally kind and loving man to all who knew him.

The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Crestwood Care Center, as well as the Applegate Hospice nurses for their loving care and attention. It was greatly appreciated.

Surviving are several nieces and nephews.

Lloyd was preceded in death by Bessie, his parents, one sister/cousin, Amy Robson, four brothers/cousins, Clair Folkman, Roy Folkman, Cliff Folkman, and Royal Carver.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 10, 2004 at 3 p.m. at Lindquists Ogden Mortuary, 3408 Washington Blvd., with Bishop Neil Garner, presiding.

Family and friends may call at the mortuary on Saturday from 2 to 2:45 p.m.
Interment, Lindquists Washington Heights Memorial Park, 4500 Washington Blvd.
Email condolences to the family at

Section: Obits
Record Number: 10AE162C8C1FBBD3
Copyright 2004, 2005 Standard-Examiner

It doesn’t appear that he and Bessie had any children. His family preceding him in death are listed as sister/cousin or brother/cousin. So according to this he was raised by the Folkman’s. So who are the England’s? Amy Robson was the reference in the 1930 Census.

It all seems a bit jumbled still but at least now I know that Lloyd Lund is Sadie Lund’s son, most likely born out of wedlock. She later married George Lyon and I don’t think had any more children. Lloyd was raised by the Folkman’s, but at some point was living with the England’s and is referenced in connection with Amy Robson. I guess I’m left with more questions than answers, but know more than I started with…which is the goal.

Posted by on 22 June 2011 | Posted in Folkman, Lund, Lyon, Military Records, Obituary, Robson | Comment