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A presidential proclamation of 16 November 1917, pursuant to section 4067 of the Revised
Statutes of the United States, required "all natives, citizens, denizens or subjects of the German
Empire" age 14 and older who were "within the United States" to register as "alien enemies."
The actual registration was conducted by various marshals designated by the regulations; in
Newton, the chief of police carried out the registration. Each "alien enemy" was issued a
registration card, which he was required to have on his person at all times. He also needed
permission from the local registrar to travel or change place of residence. The initial registration
included only men; the regulations stated "females are not alien enemies." An act of Congress of
16 April 1918 changed the definition of "alien enemy" to include women age 14 and older, and a
presidential proclamation followed on 19 April 1918.
The list below was compiled from a set of registration affidavits held at the Mennonite Library
and Archives, Bethel College, North Newton, Kansas. Also used as sources were a few
registration cards, and a few letters granting permission to travel or change place of residence.
The registration affidavits are all from residents of the city of Newton or of Harvey County. It is
unknown how complete this set of affidavits is.
Each affidavit includes quite complete information, including birth date and place, parents'
names, maiden names in the case of married women, photographs, and fingerprints.
In compiling the following list, we did the best we could in reading the handwriting. Spellings of
both personal names and place names varied, sometimes even within the same family. In general,
we spelled place names as they appeared on the form. For married women, maiden names are
given in parentheses where they were recorded on the form.
Name Birthdate Birthplace Behrendt, Frieda 2 July 1902 Elbing, West Prussia Boehnke, Anna (Trampnau) 24 July 1870 Bomgardt, Germany Boehnke, Augusta 26 Mar 1900 Bomgardt, Germany Boehnke, Elisabeth 10 Dec 1903 Bomgardt, Germany Boehnke, Herman 3 Feb 1869 West Prussia Boehnke, Herman H., Jr. 10 June 1891 West Prussia Boehnke, Karl August 1 Mar 1892 West Prussia Brucks, Dietrich 21 June 1857 Neuteich, Germany Brucks, Maria 4 Nov 1847 Neuteich, West Prussia Burkowsky, John 14 Mar 1839 Marienburg, Germany Dambrowsky, Francis (Winarsky) 6 June 1881 Grinkagen, West Prussia Dambrowsky, John M. 20 June 1882 Marienburgh, West Prussia Dambrowsky, Mary (Elerwood) 23 Feb 1854 Marienburg, Germany Dambrowsky, Mary (Widowski) 5 July 1877 Brodsack, Germany Dambrowsky, Michael 8 Oct 1856 Marienburgh, West Prussia Dambrowsky, Robert J. 9 Nov 1884 Marienburg, West Prussia Eichhorn, August 23 Feb 1900 Ganeshein, Germany Eichhorn, Fred, Sr. 26 May 1870 Hirschfeld, Germany Eichhorn, Fred, Jr. 30 May 1898 Geeresheim, Germany Eichhorn, Maria (Kater) 4 Apr 1870 Bamgardt, West Prussia Enz, Catharine (Bartel) 19 Sept 1860 Monterbert, West Prussia Fischer, August 11 Dec 1890 Baumgarth, Germany Fischer, Marie (Boehnke) 18 Oct 1894 Bangardt, Germany Fleischauer, Carl F. 11 Jan 1879 Elbing, Germany Fleischauer, Henrietta (Coleman) 27 Jan 1882 Florence, Marion County, Kansas Grapengeter, Henry A. 3 Oct 1879 Oldenburg, Germany Grapengeter, Mary (Nicoll) 27 May 1889 Carnira, Ellsworth County, Kansas Grochowsky, Andrew James 14 Sept 1880 Marienburg, Germany Grochowsky, John J. 18 Sept 1877 Marienburg, Germany Grochowsky, Mary Ellen (Anderson) 9 July 1886 Climax, Greenwood County, Kansas Grochowsky, Paul A. 30 Aug 1882 Marienburg, Germany Grochowsky, Selma (Krueger) 11 Nov 1880 Tiegenhoff, Germany Guentert, Bertold 26 Jan 1887 Freiburg, Baden, Germany Guentert, Lena (Bolt) 28 Mar 1882 Basel, Switzerland Gunther, Rudolf George 18 June 1880 Zwickau, Sachsen, Germany Hoyer, Mary 19 Oct 1859 Hanover, Germany Huebert, John M. 24 June 1869 Tiegenhof, Germany Huebert, Maria (Andres) 7 Apr 1875 Samara, Russia Henry, Theodore (is he Theodore Henry or Henry Theodore; only a letter in file; no affidavit) Hensy, Christian 17 Aug 1844 Hanover, Germany Herzog, Mrs. M. H. (Shaw) 3 July 1886 Bloomville, Mo. Iserhardt, Frederick William 15 Aug 1886 Duesseldorf, Oberkassell, Germany Iserhardt, Maria (Nellissen) 10 July 1884 Germany Kater, August (letter only; no affidavit) Kater, Elizabeth (registration card only; no affidavit) Klaassen, Carl 13 Sept 1874 Marienburg, Germany Klaassen, Fred 10 Aug 1902 Höntrap, Germany Klaassen, Henrietta (Winkler) 25 Oct 1879 Horntrop, Germany Klaassen, Herman 1 June 1879 Schloss Kalthof, West Prussia Klaassen, Herman, Jr. 23 Mar 1900 Eppendorf, Germany Klaassen, Lizzie (Gardner) 27 Mar 1893 Marienburg, Germany Klabau, Jacob 16 Oct 1880 Neidick, Germany Klabau, Mattie (Green) 17 Oct 1880 Sterling, Kansas Kliewer, Eva (Wett) 22 Mar 1860 Scharrau, West Prussia Kristofory, Andy 10 Oct 1876 Rechtiza, Austria- Hungary Kusnofsky, Josephine (Hoffman) 31 Oct 1852 Kalve, West Prussia Kusnofsky, Peter 26 Feb 1850 Greenfield, West Prussia Lingnau, Gertrude 9 Feb 1902 Dusseldorf, Germany Mull, Anna (Herrtum) 24 May 1879 Lichtheim, Bayern Mull, Charlotte (Kasitz) 23 Oct 1869 Bomgardt, West Prussia Mull, Ferdinand 17 Oct 1893 Dekhart, Germany Mull, Frank 1 July 1902 Fofbruch, Germany Mull, George 4 Dec 1902 Dusseldorf, Germany Mull, Gottlieb 5 Aug 1877 Baumgarht, Germany Mull, Maria 28 Apr 1900 Doseldorf, Germany Mull, Samuel, Jr. 14 Aug 1867 Baumgart, Germany Mull, William 4 July 1898 Dusseldorf, Germany Nellissen, John 28 Feb 1903 Erkrath, Germany Nellissen, Karl T. 16 Oct 1878 Süchteln, Rhine Prov., Germany Nikel, Albert 14 Oct 1868 Plahnen, Germany Oser, Elsia (Ludwig) 28 Aug 1895 Great Bend, Kansas Oser, Otto (letters only; no affidavit) Pasemann, Margaretha 29 Feb 1904 Lingnau, Germany Pasemann, Marie (Pimpler) 4 June 1880 Landsberg, Germany Pasemann, William 7 June 1874 Vorsfelde, Germany Pappe, Charles (letter only; no affidavit) Pollackowski, Elizabeth (Widowsky) 5 June 1863 Brodsack, Germany Pollackowski, Jacob 10 June 1858 Highboden, West Prussia Pries, August 20 Oct 1856 Segerberg, Germany Pries, Minnie (Wagner) 31 Dec 1862 Hichingberg, Germany Rauber, Adolph 19 Jan 1885 Hamburg, Germany Rauber, Ella Mae (Brown) 11 Aug 1883 Eldorado, Kansas Regier, Anna (Claassen) 14 Dec 1861 Marienburg, West Prussia Regier, Cornelius R. 27 Mar 1878 Marienburg, Germany Regier, Jacob H. 19 Jan 1844 Marienburg, West Prussia Ritter, Allie (Strain) 2 Oct 1882 Mattoon, Illinois Ritter, Herman 9 Jan 1880 Pomberberg, Germany Ritter, Minnie (Roveck) 10 Dec 1847 Pomberberg, Germany Rogalsky, Mary (Fast) 26 Feb 1846 South Russia Rosenkranz, Hilda 6 Dec 1885 Dresden, Saxony Schiewe-Schiff, Sam (no affidavit; just change of residence form and letter) Schill, Andy 11 Dec 1889 Grosender, Germany Schill, Flora (Kasshinski) 24 Nov 1892 Grosinder, Germany Schlensky, Anne (Grolewsky) 3 June 1856 Trampenau, Germany Schlensky, John Peter 27 June 1881 Echwald, Germany Schlensky, Rosa (Babinsky) 14 Mar 1889 Newton, Kansas Schoenhoff, Amelia (Goerke) 3 Oct 1880 Lichtenau, West Prussia Schoenhoff, August 17 Jan 1878 Prangenau, Germany Schroeder, Florentine (Schultz) 2 Apr 1868 West Prussia Schroeder, Henry D. 23 Oct 1859 Holstine, Germany Sieg, Jacob 14 Apr 1880 West Prussia Sieg, Mary H. (Sadowsky) 14 Oct 1888 Newton, Kansas Sorg, Christopher Ludwig 22 Sept 1876 Kuenzelsau, Wuerttemberg Sorg, Wayne V. 20 Nov 1878 Deerfield, Illinois Stark, Anna (Bauer) 17 Aug 1870 Zscharlow, Germany Stark, Herman 26 Dec 1861 Neustadtel, Germany Stark, Fred 2 Feb 1869 Bochum, Germany Sturd, Lizzie (Safe) 26 Dec 1879 West Prussia Toews, Wilhelm 6 Sept 1837 Orloff, West Prussia Walters, Gus Adolph 21 Dec 1882 Alt Mersau, West Prussia Walters, Helen (Zarnowski) 17 May 1886 Newton, Kansas Wagner, Carrie D. (registration card only; no affidavit) Wagner, Christ 9 Dec 1872 Smilisdorf, Germany Wechensky, John 19 Oct 1873 Laske, Germany Wechensky, Thresa (Dombrowsky) 23 Aug 1880 West Prussia Wetchensky, Frank 21 Nov 1875 Trampnau, Germany Wetchensky, Katherina (Schlowsky) 23 Dec 1883 Warenburg, Germany Wetchensky, Mary (Schervensky) 14 Jan 1846 West Prussia Widowski, Martin Brodsk, Germany Wiebe, Ernest 3 May 1880 Marienburg, Germany Wiechert, Peter 17 Sept 1847 Schenberg, Germany Wormeck, Gus 2 June 1877 Montauerweide, Germany Wunderlich, Anna (Nichols) 4 June 1872 Elbing, West Prussia Wunderlich, Fred 26 Feb 1901 Dortmund, Germany Wunderlich, Hellen 23 Aug 1896 Elbing, West Prussia Wunderlich, Jacob 18 Oct 1867 Elbing, West Prussia Wunderlich, Karl 1 Mar 1899 Dortmund, Germany Zarnowski, Frank W. 17 Nov 1882 Marienburg, Germany Zarnowski, John, Jr. 4 Mar 1881 Marienburg, Germany Zarnowski, Minnie (Rodenbaugh) 8 Mar 1891 Newton, Kansas