This is a newspaper made in Kennewick, where Robert W. Ely was from. It shows that Kennewick was an agricultural town with small businesses.
In 1905, Robert W. Ely received the roll of honor.
The Kennewick courier. (Kennewick, Wash.), 03 Nov. 1905. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress
Between 1905-1915 a form was made which noted jobs of workers where they mention our soldiers job and birthplace.
On September 24, 1918, Robert W. Ely left for France on a ship known as USS Saxon.
The National Archives at College Park; College Park, Maryland; Lists of Outgoing Passengers, compiled 1917-1938; NAI Number: 6234477; Record Group Title: Records of the Office of the Quartermaster General, 1774-1985; Record Group Number: 92; Roll or Box Number: 565
This document shows what problems that the city of Kennewick faced during that ti
In this draft registration card, we learn that Robert Ely middle name is Walker. We also learn his birth date, 11 Jun 1891.
This document shows what it was like to award soldiers
Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Office of the Chief Signal Officer, 9/18/1947 - 2/28/1964, Series: Moving Images Relating to Military Activities, 1947 - 1964, Record Group 111: Records of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer, 1860 - 1985
This source gives specific information on Robert W. Ely
This is a source about the training camp, where Robert Ely and the 34 division trained.