The County and the Kaiser Blog

A continuing series of observations and accounts of
Genesee County, New York during World War I.

Posted November 2017

Updated January 2018 – Identifications!

“The Boys of Battery D” — Was Your  Relative Among Them?

In the fall of 1917, Genesee,  Orleans, and Wyoming counties sent off their first WWI draftees.  Most were initially assigned together in the same unit, shown here. Can you help identify them?

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Posted July 2017

A Census, the Draft—and “Distant Battlefields Come Close to Home”

With the nation newly at war, the summer of 1917 was a time to line up, sign up, and be counted in Genesee County.

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Posted May 2017

On a Snowy Good Friday, War—and “Months of Fiery Trial and Sacrifice”

On April 6, 1917, Genesee County awoke to a hushed, snow-covered  landscape.  Ordinarily, the word “peace” might have come to mind. But everyone in the county knew that this day, and many months to come, would bring the opposite.

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Posted March 2017

Winter’s Fury, Spring Beckons–and “Days of Anxious Waiting”

If it hadn’t been for the Kaiser, February and March of 1917 in Genesee County would’ve echoed almost any earlier year’s transition from winter to spring in western New York.

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Posted February 2017

Mad Dogs, Blizzards, A Fireball, Buffalo Bill’s Demise–and “That War Over There”

In hindsight, perhaps they were hints of things soon to come, connections to the coming conflict between county and Kaiser hidden between the lines of the local news in Genesee County in the winter of late 1916 and early 1917.

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