I can't find my great grandfather, Davey Stirman Smith, in the 1940 census. I thought his WWII Draft Registration Card could help me find him, but I'm left with more questions than answers. Why are there so many different locations on his draft card:
- His address is initially recorded as Box 224, Tipton, Tillman, Oklahoma. Note that the form instructs the applicant to print the address, but his was typed.
- However, the typed address is crossed out using what appears to be a blue inked pen. A different address is written about it in what appears to be a black inked pen, Rt 2, Iowa Park, Texas.
- The penned address corresponds to the information about the registrar for Precinct 33, Iowa Park, Texas, who signed his registration card on 16 October 1940.
- The typed address corresponds to the local draft board in Frederick, Tillman County, Oklahoma that stamped his card, indicating that he belonged in that jurisdiction.
- His place of employment is Globe News Publishing Company in Amarillo, Texas.
Many questions arise from this record.
- If the registrant was suppose to print his address, why was his typed? Why was it crossed out and written over? Was it crossed out at the same time the new address was recorded? If not, why does the color of ink appear different for the line placed through his old address and the updated address written above?
- When was the address changed?
Some Background Information:
These locations are along the Texas/Oklahoma border (except Amarillo, that's west Texas). Tipton, Oklahoma is about an hour drive from Iowa Park, Texas.
Davey married his wife Myrna in 1934 in Comanche County, Oklahoma. Myrna's parents lived in Tillman County from 1909 - 1970, and they apparently stayed in the area until the mid 1940s, when they moved to Iowa Park, Texas. Davey and Myrna didn't relocate to Iowa Park until after their first two children were born. They also worked together as owner-editors of a southern/southwestern Oklahoma newspaper, The Gould Democrat. So, I'm just trying to figure out when that Iowa Park address might have been recorded.
Note: The draft card can be viewed on Ancestry. I've attached an image showing the proximity of the locations to each other.