Columbia City Post ~ Wednesday, July 4, 1917
The local young men who volunteered to become members of the Ft. Wayne battery have taken the physical examination which resulted in two of them being rejected. Harlow Erne, one of the first to take the examination, is too small, and Hayes Smith has flat feet. Mr. Erne is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Jake Erne and Mr. Smith is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Clel Smith. Both young men were greatly disappointed over failure to pass the examination. Those who passed were Lester Johnson, Homer C. Hatfield, Robert Baker and Geo. Hawn. Harry Ray and Roy Walker, two young men who served with the battery on the Mexican border have re-enlisted.