Cowper, William LaFayette


Grand Forks County (North Dakota) in the World War (World War I), The Page Printerie Inc, Grand Forks, North Dakota, approx 1920

William LaFayette Cowper

First Lieutenant, Transport Division, Medical US Army, son of Mrs Jessie Blackburn of Grand Forks; graduate of Grand Forks High School in 1890; graduate University of North Dakota, with degree of BA., in 1894; received Doctor's degree from Univ of Minn; after graduation he practiced medicine at Lakota, Michigan and Grand Forks ND being at one time partner of Dr H.H. Healy of Grand Forks; Lieut Cowper enlisted in the Medical Corps in June, 1917, receiving his commission in September 1917; assigned as Surgeon on USS "Celtic" and later transferred to the USS "Olympia." An attack of pneumonia confined him to Liverpool while his ship was there and from this affliction he died in a Navy Hospital on March 9, 1919. The body of Lieut Cowper was the first to be returned to Grand Forks under the policy of the War Dept, to return to the United States the remains of soldiers and sailors who died in the AEF. His remains arrived in Grand Forks in August, 1920, and he was given a Masonic funeral on Sunday, August 29, 1920 from the Masonic Temple at Grand Forks.

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