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Thursday, August 02, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-2-2018

Pittsburgh Press, August 2, 1918:

Larry Doyle has discovered that he was born on July 31, 1885, instead of a year later, and consequently is not in the army draft. He says he was 33 years old Wednesday. Doyle has obtained an affidavit from the priest who christened him at the time of his birth in Caseyville, Ill., and the document will be filed immediately with his local board.

I’m not going to say Doyle was lying, and I’d understand his motivation if this were a lie. But in 1913, he applied for a passport listing his birthdate as 1886. This would have been an extremely convenient time to find out that birthdate was wrong.

Weirdly, the 1930 census lists Doyle as being 41 years old, so I have no idea what to make of any of this.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 02, 2018 at 10:11 AM | 34 comment(s)
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