As registration soared in America during WWI, the Selective Service Act of 1918 required all able bodied men from the ages of twenty one to thirty to register for the draft on Registration Day (June 5th). As a state “Montana’s registration [was] at least twice as what was estimated,” but Montana newspapers took it a step further by printing the names of all those listed in the registrar's each weekday and boasting of their accomplishments as a state. Those that did not attend to solidify their enlistment were considered terrorists under the Montana Sedition Act of 1918 under crimes of being “anti-war,” “unpatriotic,” and guilty of German sympathizing and were promptly arrested. In Ravalli County alone, Sula registered 11, Darby 90, Grantsdale 46, Hamilton 241, Corvallis 97, Woodside 40, Victor 109, Stevensville 253, and Florence 49 for a grand total of 849 who registered. The few that did not had been unaware of the day’s significance and pleaded accordingly in court.
"Ten Million Americans Register." Western News [Hamilton] 07 June 1917: 34. Print.
Written by Mary Royce, Heidi Nisly, and Dylan Josey