While he faced an uncertain future personally, the world he lived in was also rapidly changing. Much of the world was in a state of unrest as the tensions began to mount in Europe. At the time, few could possibly anticipate how deeply the coming events would impact their lives.
On the 5th of June 1917, approximately two weeks after Congress passed a law to enact a draft, twenty four year old Ernest Ganus joined the ranks of young American men who registered for the draft.
I wasn't surprised to learn that Ernest was part of the throng of young men working in the oil fields. In the early 1900's, Oklahoma was in the midst of a huge oil boom as hundreds of gallons of thick black crude were pumped from the ground. Along with the flow of oil came a steady flow of men, hopeful that they could make some of the big money.
|Oil Boom Town (Whizbang)|
Oklahoma early 1920's
Meanwhile things were heating up overseas and soon even bigger changes would take place in Ernest's life.
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