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Finding My Grandfather, Emory Wallace Vance, Sr. in 1942

I was just working on answering questions on Genealogy! Just Ask! when I went over to Ancestry.com to look for a collection of records for a patron when I saw information on Emory Wallace Vance in the collection, U.S. WWII Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947:

The National Archives in St. Louis, Missouri; St. Louis, Missouri; Draft Registration Cards for South Carolina, 10/16/1940-03/31/1947;Record Group: Records of the Selective Service System, 147;Box:194

What a surprise! I did not know my grandfather filled out a U.S. WWII Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947. He lived in Gadsden, SC then with his wife, Otis E. Tucker Vance, and they only had one child at the time. He put the town of his birth which I know to be Carlisle. His date of birth is 25 August 1901.

Emory worked at Victory Savings Bank at 1107 Washington St. in Columbia, SC. He put that as his mailing address. The phone number was 24059. Of all the information, it was wonderful to see his signature.

Victory Saving Bank happens to be one of the locations on The Green Book of South Carolina: A Travel Guide to SC African American Cultural Sites:

Victory Savings Bank

919 Washington St., Columbia, SC 29201 on Google Maps

The historical marker for Victory Savings Bank is in front of this building.

919 Washington St., Columbia, SC 29201 on Google Maps

You can see where the Victory Saving Bank is on 919 Washington Street. Before Emory moved to Gadsden, he lived with his wife and child in the Waverly District. Before had any children they both worked downtown. Otis owned the Greenleaf Cafe, another location in the Green Book.

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