In the local Lindsborg Newspaper, the boys working reserve was mentioned. They discussed how the reserve would work broadly across the nation and school districts but also within Lindsborg, KS. The boys working reserve was created by the United States Government through the Division of Labor during the war for a multitude of reasons. They drew from boys aged 16-21 — they needed older boys because the work to be done was hard labor. A major part of the work was going to be in the fields, especially in places such as rural Kansas, to help fill in where labor had been depleted due to men being enlisted and selected into the war.