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2597Re: [RedHotJazz] Sidney Arodin

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  • loerchen2@aol.com
    May 8 7:43 AM
      The 1902 date is from the death certificate; 1900 is probably right. That would have meant that his mother was 6 months pregnant when she got married, but that wasn't unusual in Louisiana at that time :-)

      I hear that some kids falsified their age on the draft cards so that they would get called up, because their parents wouldn't let them enlist. But in this case, I think you're right and whoever filled out the death certificate was misinformed.


      -----Original Message-----
      From: Howard Rye <howard@...>
      To: RedHotJazz@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Mon, 8 May 2006 15:21:00 +0100
      Subject: Re: [RedHotJazz] Sidney Arodin

      on 8/5/06 14:56, loerchen2@... at loerchen2@... wrote:

      > Born March 29, 1902 in Westwego -- but on his WWI draft registration card, he
      > lied and said he was born in 1900.

      Have you any idea why he would do this? Surely increasing his age from 16 to
      18 would make him more likely to be drafted, which would be insane. (If he
      had wanted to serve he could have just joined up.) On the other hand,
      subsequent reduction of his age would just be common show-biz practice.

      And he is 9 in the 1910 census so his parents thought he was born in 1900
      too. Have you actually seen a birth record or is the 1902 date from standard

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