MOSES FRIEDMAN'S DRAFT CARD
MOSES FRIEDMAN and LONE STAR DIETZ - both checked "Indian" on their draft registrations....
I found this on the ancestry.com website. It's Moses Friedman draft card for the First World War dated 1917. For some reason, he ticks his race as White and Indian! It also looks like he has purposefully written Carlisle as his address before crossing it out. A desire to be remembered perhaps?
Wonder why he is using Carlisle as his permanent address.
Also, the race thing is very curious. I don't see a date on this thing.
Where is the date?
He obviously filled this out while in Taos. Also, is there any connection between this "Indian" identity wierdness and Lone Star Dietz' passing himself off as Indian?
My mistake! The date is on the card, next to the o'Reilly signature, but it is Sept 1918. You have to scrunch up your eyes to see it. Even if he was drafted, I doubt he would have made it to Europe by the armistice in November 1918. My initial thoughts were of Lone Star Dietz, but why would he attempt to pass himself off as Indian with such a German sounding name?
He could pass off the Moses as a given name perhaps, but not Friedman, especially considering that students kept an anglicized version of their Native name.
My second thought was that he was perhaps attempting to be exempt from the draft by claiming to be Indian. Records of births on the reservations were far from perfect and it is doubtful that someone from New Mexico would travel all the way to Cincinatti to find his birth certificate (As an aside, even though I have his date of birth I cannot find any Moses Friedman born in America, let alone Cincinatti, on that date or even in 1874!) However, Native-Americans were not exempt from the draft, so that idea quickly disappears.
My third thought was that it was symbolic. Maybe he is trying to show he is an Indian sympathiser by declaring it on a form where it would make little difference. Maybe it was a tactic used by 'Friends of the Indians' to show their support? This idea needs a little more research before it can be proved. However, I suspect this might be the most likely of the three.
The address thing is very puzzling. Could be argued that it was a slip of the mind. But this combined with Friedman declaring he was Indian makes it seem as if it is done on purpose. Perhaps he is trying to show off by connecting himself with the institution. I'll have to give this bit some more thought.