|Birth: ||Dec. 18, 1877|
|Death: ||Mar. 9, 1919|
William LaFayette Cowper was born in Elora, Ontario on December 18, 1877. Dr. Cowper became a naturalized citizen of the United States. Dr. Cowper received the call to report for duty at Ft. Riley, KS. He was appointed from civil life and commissioned 1st Lieutenant in Officers Reserve Corps in January 1918. He was called into active service as a 1st Lt. Medical Corps on June 26, 1918.
Assigned to Medical Corps, 1st Lt. Cowper was sent overseas on November 16, 1918. He was ill from the first day on board the SS Celtic. He was transferred to Camp Hospital No. 40 Knotty Ash, Liverpool, England on February 21, 1919 where he passed away on March 9, 1919 of pneumonia.
1st Lt. Cowper was buried at Liverpool on March 13, 1919 in the Everton Cemetery, grave 64, section G in the United States division of the cemetery. The Red Cross authorities in Liverpool reported by letter to Mrs. Cowper, "Your husband was buried on March 13th, with full Military Honours in the Everton Cemetery, Liverpool. A beautiful "Triumph" wreath was placed on the casket from the American Red Cross consisting of green cycas leaves, daffodils and acacia.
The body was shipped back to Grand Forks, ND and was buried at Memorial Park Cemetery in Grand Forks on Sunday, August 29, 1920 with the solemn rites of the Masonic order. Services were held at the Masonic temple and at the grave. Rev. J. Jonathan Watson and T. B. Elton, master of Acacia lodge, A. F. and A. M., officiating. Pallbearers were Dr. H. H. Healy, Dr. R. D. Campbell, Dr. A. C. Dean, Dr. John H. Moore, Dr. W. C. Wilson and Dr. W. H. Witherstine, all of whom were former officers of the United States medical corps. He is survived by his wife Doris and 12-year old daughter Ruth, St. Paul, MN, his mother Mrs. Jessie Blackburn, Los Angeles, CA, and one sister Mrs. James A. Dinnie, Grand Forks, ND, who were all present at the services. Many friends were also present at the services.
William L. Cowper was raised in Grand Forks, graduating from Grand Forks High School, the University of North Dakota and the department of medicine of the Hamline University, St. Paul, MN. He was formerly a practicing physician at Michigan, ND and practiced at Lakota, ND before locating at Michigan. In June 1899, Dr. W. L. Cowper formed a partnership with Dr. Healy who already had a practice in Michigan and formed the medical team of Drs. Healy & Cowper, physicians and surgeons. At the time of forming the partnership, the Lakota Herald and Nelson County Independent both paid tributes to Dr. Cowper. The Lakota Herald - "He is a physician of ability and a gentleman" and the N.C. Independent - "Dr. Cowper is not only an excellent physician and surgeon, but one of the most pleasant gentleman socially that it has been our fortune to meet."
In January 27, 1927, Michigan, ND named their American Legion Auxiliary Unit the W. L. Cowper Post No. 238, in honor of their hometown physician and WWI veteran. Bio taken from various issues of the Nelson County Independent, Nelson County Arena, Michigan, ND Centennial book and WWI roster of ND veterans.
Note: Internment Date
Memorial Park Cemetery
Grand Forks County
North Dakota, USA
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Record added: Feb 09, 2008
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Thank you William for your service|
Added: Jun. 24, 2012