Columbia City Post ~ Wednesday, April 11, 1917
Hays Linvill, formerly of this city and a brother of Drs. D. S. and Ben P. Linvill, has enlisted as a private in the new battery that is being formed in Fort Wayne. He decided to take the step without informing his friends of his intentions and his papers were made out and signed Monday. Mr. Linvill was born in this city and spent the greater part of his life here. He located in Fort Wayne two years ago and has since resided there. He is a lawyer and lecturer and stands high among the socialists.
The Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette had the following to say about the enlistment: "Hays Linvill, a lawyer and lecturer on the theories of socialism responded to the call of his country yesterday and enlisted as a private in the new battery in formation here. Few men are better known in Fort Wayne than Linvill, and his action yesterday was a surprise to his friends, to none of whom had he declared his intention. Linvill's home is at Columbia City, but for years he has been spending most of his time here."