|"World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918," digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 23 May 2008), card for Jacob Garber, no. 277, Kings County Draft Board 80, citing World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917 - 1918, National Archives microfilm publication M1509; imaged from Family History Library microfilm roll 1,754,612.|
Back in June 2012 I posted an article about my great grandmother Chana (Anna) Mazewitsky Garber. At that time I used birth dates of grandchildren, especially those whose names were clearly bestowed in memory of Chana, to postulate when she might have passed away in the Russian Empire. Now, here, with this draft card record, I have another independent source showing that on 5 June 1917, Chana was, likely, still alive.
1. Name in full Jacob Garber
2. Home Address 453 Williams Brooklyn NY
3. Date of birth Dec 15 1893 
4. Are you (1) a natural-born citizen, (2) a naturalized citizen, (3) an alien, (4) or have you declared your intention (specify which)?
5. Where were you born? Lubin Voline Russia
6. If not a citizen, of what nation are you a citizen or subject? Russia
7. What is your present trade, occupation, or office? Glazier
8. By whom employed? IM Meyers 
Where employed? 66 - 6th Ave NY
9. Have you a father, mother, wife, child under 12, or a sister or a brother under 12, solely dependent on your support (specify which)? Wife & Mother & Father
10. Married or single (which)? Married
Race (specify which)? Cauc.
11. What military service have you had? Rank, branch, years, Nation or state [blank]
12. Do you claim exemption from draft (specify grounds)? Support of Family
I affirm that I have verified above answers and that they are true.
/S/ Jacob Garber
31-9-80-A REGISTRAR'S REPORT
1. Tall, medium, or short (specify which)? Tall
Slender, medium, or stout (which)? Med
2. Color of eyes Gray
Color of hair Black
3. Has person lost arm, leg, hand, foot, eye, or both eyes or is he otherwise disabled (specify)? No
I certify that my answers are true, that the person registered has read his own answers, that I have witnessed his signature, and that all of his answers of which I have knowledge are true, except as follows
/S/ Robert Weine
Precinct 55 ED 22 AD
City or County Kings 6/5/17
City or County Kings 6/5/17
Now, of course, we all know that there would have been ample reason to lie or, at least, stretch the truth if one did not want to serve in the U.S. military. But, in this case, Jacob would have achieved the desired effect without additionally listing his mother (i.e., "have a wife and father to support" would have been sufficient to meet the conscription exemption criteria). In addition, Jacob and his wife Dora had their first child Leah three months later. Had Chana been dead at that point, Jacob and Dora would likely have named their daughter after her grandmother. So, I think the footing on determining Chana's date of death is getting firmer.
1. On other documents, Jacob's birth date is listed as 15 Dec 1894: application for Social Security Card (SS-5 filed 28 May 1937), World War II Draft Registration Card (April 1942) and Petition for Naturalization (26 June 1924).
2. Myer Myers, Dora Morris Garber's great uncle, owned a glass store at 66 - 6th Avenue in Manhattan at this time.