Walter Van Brunt, Duluth and St. Louis County: Their Story and People, Vol. II (Chicago and New York: The American Historical Society, 1921), p.630-631, p.631-633, p.633-635, p.635-637, p.637-639, p.639-640, p.640-642, p.642-644, p.644-646, p.646-648, p.649-652, p.652-654, p.654-656, p.656-658

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The Honor List of St. Louis County

John Fairgrieve, Jr., was well-known in Duluth. Until he was called into service on October 21, 1918, he was a salesman for the Knudson Fruit company, of Duluth. He was born on November 26, 1893, in Galashiels, Scotland, the son of John and Margaret Fairgrieve. After enlistment, he was sent to Camp Cody, Deming, New Mexico, and there assigned to Company E, Three Hundred and Eighty-Eighth Infantry. He, however, was taken sick soon after arrival, and died in Deming, New Mexico, November 5, 1918. He was a married man, his widow, Edith (Hamilton) Fairgrieve still living in Duluth.

Guy Raymond Forbes, who died in France, was a volunteer much over draft age. He was born January 29, 1879, at Grand Rapids, Michigan. He enlisted on May 13, 1917, his technical experience causing him to elect to join an Engineer Service Battalion, with which he went to France. He died of cerebral hemorrage, near Toul, France, on May 5, 1918. His widow, Grace, now lives in Minneapolis.

Frank Leo Fox, a Duluthian killed in action in France, was the son of Michael Fox, of 213 North Fifty-Third Avenue, Duluth. Frank enlisted in Duluth April 26, 1918, and soon went overseas.

Mozart Fredland was known to very many business men of Duluth. He was a barber in the Wolvin Building, Duluth, for some time before returning to his former home, Madison, Wisconsin, in May, 1918, to take military service. He was sent to Camp Grant, Illinois, and there died of influenza on October 10, 1918.

Leland Chester Giddings, who was killed in an aeroplane accident at Scott Field, Belleville, Illinois, on July 11, 1918, was a native of Duluth, born in that city on January 27, 1896, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Giddings, of 19 East Victoria Street, Duluth. He was one of the early volunteers, enlisting in the aviation branch of the U. S. Army on May 3, 1917.

Walter Glockner, of Grand Forks, went with a Duluth quota to Camp Dodge, and eventually reached France. He was killed in action on August 2, 1918.

Cornelius Bertram and Frederick Norbert Goodspeed, brothers, were the sons of Alvin and Rose M. Goodspeed, of Kinney. Both boys were born in Virginia, Minn., Cornelius on February 15, 1898, and Frederick on November 10, 1899; and both were educated in the local schools. Cornelius was a brakeman at Kinney before entering the army, and Frederick was a locomotive fireman for the Swallow and Hopkins Mining Company, at the same place. The elder brother was called to military service in April, 1918, and sent to Camp Dodge, Des Moines, Iowa, to join a Regular Army infantry regiment. He became a member of Company C, Twentieth Infantry, Tenth Division, and was stationed at Fort Douglas, Utah, for a period, and later at Fort Riley, Kansas. He was appointed corporal on September 1, 1918, and probably considered himself unfortunate in having to pass the whole of his service at a home station. He contracted scarlet fever at Fort Riley early in 1919, and died there on February 2d. His younger brother, Frederick Norbert, enlisted on May 6, 1917, at Virginia, as a private, and left without delay for Fort Bliss, El Paso, Texas, where he was assigned to the Headquarters Company of the Sixteenth Regiment, First Division. He was only at Fort Bliss for one month, leaving in June, 1917, for Port of Embarkation. He sailed from Hoboken on the "Havana," on June 14, 1917, and arrived safely at St. Nazaire, France, on June 25th, being thus with one of the first American units to set foot in France. The regiment remained in the Gondrescourt Area until October 10, 1917, and was in action on October 21, 1917, in the sector north of Canal de Parroy. Later, the regiment was in action at Cantigny, Soissons, St. Mihiel, and Argonne. For gallantry in action, young Goodspeed was cited on one occasion by his brigade commander, Brigadier-General Parker. Finally, the brave boy was killed in action, in the Meuse-Argonne offensive, on October 4, 1918.

Henry Patrick Gowan was an enterprising business man of Duluth, member of the firm of Gowan-Lenning-Brown Company, wholesale grocers of Duluth. His sister, Mrs. Mary Dacey, lives at 1621 East Fourth Street, Duluth.

John Graden, nephew of Charles Sandgren, 2901 West Third Street, Duluth, was thirty-two years old when he enlisted. In prior civil life he was an employee of the Duluth, Missabe and Northern Railway Co., Bridge and Building Department, at Duluth Docks. He went overseas, and died of pneumonia in France on October 9, 1918.

Charles H. Gordon, who lived at Proctor, was the son of Mrs. Katherine T. Graves, 534 West Second Street, Duluth.

Elmer L. Griffen, who was inducted at Duluth, was formerly a resident of Solon Springs. He reported for military duty at Duluth on July 25, 1918, being enlisted as private of infantry, and sent to Camp Wadsworth, South Carolina. There he was assigned to Headquarters Company, Three Hundred and Twenty-third Infantry, and with that regiment eventually crossed the seas. He died of pneumonia, in France, on October 8, 1918. His sister, Mrs. Bessie Mosher, now lives at 313 Morgan Park Street, Duluth.

Herman Gulbranson, who was wounded in action on the Vesle River front, August 1, 1918, and died a week later in hospital, was a native of St. Louis County, born at Hermanstown, February 2, 1896, son of Peter and Hilma Gulbranson. Before entering the service he was in the employ of the Duluth, Missabe and Northern Railway Company at Proctor. He enlisted on September 22, 1917, at Duluth, and left for Camp Dodge, Iowa, where he was assigned to Company B, Three Hundred and Fifty-Second Infantry. About a month later he was transferred to Camp Cody, New Mexico, and there remained until June 16, 1918, when his unit was ordered to Port of Embarkation. The regiment was at Camp Merritt, New Jersey, for a week, and sailed on June 28th, at a time when the call for man-power was most urgent, and the outlook darkest. Soon after reaching France, the regiment moved to a front area.

Alfred Israel Gustafson, who lived at Chisholm for some time before enlisting, was born in Eveleth, son of Fred Gustafson, now of Cook, St. Louis County. Date of birth, May 29, 1896. He entered the service on May 25, 1918, as private of infantry, and was assigned to Company I, of One Hundred and Twenty-Fifth Infantry, Fifth Army Corps. He was killed in action in France on October 21, 1918.

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