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No. 9 Breaker: 1911

No. 9 Breaker: 1911

January 1911. Boys working in the #9 breaker of the Pennsylvania Coal Co. mine at Hughestown Borough near Pittston, Pennsylvania. In this group are Sam Belloma of Pine Street and Angelo Ross of 142 Panama Street. View full size.


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Draft Age

While the draft age was 21, there were plenty of examples of younger draftees due to fibbing about the age. Then plenty of time to regret it after the fact.

My great-grand uncle Emmitt went into the Army when he was 22, and died the next year, of the Spanish Flu. They buried him the next day in a trench, with many others. This trench has no marker, no real idea where it is.


many of these were drafted. Draft age in World War I was 21.

Don't let anyone ever call them...

the good old days. These boys would have grown up just enough by 1917 to get sent off to France and World War I.

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