This Day in History: 1942-03-17
The number one man in the North Bergen area was Henry Pruiksma of Saddle River. He was the first name listed on the Draft Board #1’s list of 100 armed men to be considered for induction into the armed services. This did not mean that he would be the first to go, since the Board had to consider health, marital status, fatherhood and employment in other industries before drafting a person, but if he were to be classified 1A he would go first. Mahwah names on the list were Herbert T. Parson, listed as number 4, George R. Henlon (?), 20th, George C. Straut, No. 27, James H. Williams, 34th, C. Edson Wiley, 38th, Charles L. Plumb, 43rd, Michael Martis, 61st, Andrew Seaman, 73rd, & Charles B. Straut 85th.