From The Lowell Tribune, Apr. 19, 1917, page 1, column 3:
Soldier Boys Leave
The first soldier boys from Lowell left for Ft. Wayne Saturday morning. They were Chester Wood, John Windbigler and Cleon Wisner. Letters received from the boys stated they had arrived at Ft. Wayne all right and were immediately sent to the barracks at Columbus, Ohio. These boys will all serve in the infantry. On Monday morning Walter Bater went to Hammond and will later go to a barrack. He enlisted in the cavalry.
These boys are the first from Lowell to answer the call of their country for volunteer soldiers, and everyone of them was anxious to get to training so they would be in a position to fight for Uncle Sam. The best wishes of the entire community go with the boys, and many prayers will go up for their safe return.
Boyd Davis left yesterday morning for Ft. Wayne, where he went to enlist and will probably leave at once for some training camp.
from The Lowell Tribune, May 3, 1917, page 4 (page 8 on microfilm), column 2:
Two More Enlist
Two more Lowell boys, Charles Tanner, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Tanner, and George Minninger, son of the late Mat Minninger, have enlisted in the army, both boys going into the coast artillery service. They will leave today for Ft. Wayne and from there will go to Columbus, Ohio.
This makes nine of our boys who are now serving Uncle Sam as follows: Harvey Windbigler and George Holmes, coast artillery; John Windbigler, Chester Wood, Cleon Wisner and Boyd Davis, infantry; Donald Quincy, navy, and the two men mentioned above.