The first man in Waterloo to be drawn in Washington yesterday for the great citizens army is ready and willing to fight in defense of his country and world democracy.
Clifford R. Slaven is a blacksmith in the factory of the Waterloo Gasoline Engine company, where he has been employed for two years. He is not married and rooms at 204 Commercial street. His home is near Lucasville, O., where his mother now lives. For three years his home has been in Waterloo and the first year of his residence here he was employed by the Northey Manufacuring company. Prior to that time he was a cowboy for two years in Wyoming and while at that work he sustained a severe blow which may render him physically unfit for servce in the army. In spite of this physical disability, he said today "I am ready and willing to be drafted and go to Europe. I hope that I pass the exemption board and have an opportunity to go to the front."
Waterloo (Iowa) Evening Courier and Reporter, July 21, 1917.