THE LOCAL BOARD OF MADISON COUNTY
by Leonard L. Saunders
Chairman of the Local Board
| The Local Board of Madison County was organized
under the direction of our honored guest of this day, Provost Marshal
General Enoch H. Crowder, with Clarence G. Taylor chairman. Leonard L.
Saunders secretary, Dr. George F. Mills medical member. Dr. Mills soon
resigned to accept a commission in the service.
Dr. Nelson 0. Brooks was appointed to succeed him in March, 1918. Mr.
Taylor resigned and B. Fitch Tompkins was appointed in his place. The
organization of the Board was then made with Leonard L. Saunders
chairman, B. Fitch Tompkins secretary, Dr. Nelson 0. Brooks medical
member. Mrs. Addie B. Rockwell of
Canastota was the first chief clerk. She was succeeded by Eva Ruth of
Oneida, and in May, 1918, Miss Matilda C. Saunders became the chief
This organization was continued until the Board was relieved
March 31, 1919. Hon. E. A. Kiley was county appeal agent during the
entire organization. Hon. J. D. Senn, Hon. E. A. Kiley and A. F. Devitt
were the legal advisory board. The Medical
Examining Board consisted of Dr. G. W. Davis, Peterboro; Dr. Donald
Parker, New Woodstock; Dr. Frederick Rommel, Canastota; Dr. Frank C.
Drake, Oneida; Dr. A. V. Needham, Oneida.
The registration was made by election districts, and in June,
1917, 2,934 men registered; August 26, 1918, 279; September, 1918,
4,604, making a total of 7,817 men. From this number 1,103 men were
inducted into service through the board. Only
45 men appealed from their decision; 23 of these were refused, leaving
the nominal number of 22 times that the Local Board were reversed; 710
persons gave assistance voluntarily in this great work. We regret that
space will not permit a more personal
review of these splendid men. It would take, however, thousands of pages
to write what should be written in their praise. It is sufficient to
say, every man served with diligence and honor. Every quota assigned to
this county was met exactly on the
day and hour with a hundred per cent response.
This tremendous task could only have been accomplished by the
united support and assistance of all citizens of Madison County.
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