Columbia City Post ~ Saturday, July 7, 1917
James Blain, son of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Blain, of Troy township, arrived home from the Officers' Training camp at Ft. Benjamin Harrison, Wednesday evening, having been discharged on account of defective vision. He had enlisted for service in the infantry. He is undecided about his future but may attempt to get into the hospital corps or into the quartermaster's department. Mr. Blain regretted very much that he was discharged on account of his eyes as he is almost physically perfect with the exception of the one defect. He will spend a week or two with his parents before taking up any line of work.
James D. Adams arrived home Wednesday morning having been discharged for defective hearing. Maurice Neizer, democratic candidate for mayor of Ft. Wayne, was also discharged for the same cause.
This leaves three Columbia City boys in the camp: Phil M. McNagny, Tom Pontius and Elmer Bump. They have all passed the examinations thus far, and are making good progress and working hard. Don Livengood and Charles Hire of Thorncreek township, are also still at the camp, the former having gone from this city, but his home is in South Bend.