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Back in the Day: Did would-be Inland World War I soldier kill himself or flee to Mexico?

By in Press Enterprise on October 12, 2017

By Kim Jarrell Johnson

In July 1917, Riverside County’s first contingent of soldiers drafted for World War I was called up.

One man in that group was Herbert Arthur Cuttle of Armada, a town located in today’s Moreno Valley area at Perris and Alessandro boulevards.

Cuttle, 26, who was more than 6 feet tall and weighed 210 pounds, passed his physical exam with the highest of ratings.

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But, on Sept. 5, it was reported in local newspapers that Cuttle had not reported yet and his local draft board was wondering if he had received his notice. Cuttle had a general trucking business that took him across the county. The draft board speculated that he had not been back to Armada to receive the notice.

The board and the sheriff continued trying to find Cuttle, but were unsuccessful. His place in the first group of men to leave for training was taken by Clarence Yoder of Perris, who the Riverside Daily Press said had been “tingling with hope all day that he would be permitted to […]    

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