Le Grand Advocate, Friday, February 20, 1920


Mr. and Mrs. L. S. Cardwell received a Memorial certificate from the French government this week. These certificates are being sent to every parent or some relative of every soldier who died during the Great War.
Le Grand Advocate, Saturday, April 13, 1918


The sad news came over the wire to Mr. and Mrs. L. S. Cardwell Sunday evening, that their son, Guy, had died of scarlet fever at Fort Flagler, Washington. What made the blow especially hard was the fact that the parents had no previous knowledge of their son's illness. When they heard from him last two weeks ago, he expected to be called East at any time and they were awaiting anxiously to hear of his Eastern trip. Instead of going East, Guy, in the soldier's parlance,  has "gone West."

Up to date no particulars of his death have been learned. Application was made at once for permission to ship the body home and word was received Tuesday morning that the remains were being shipped and would probably arrive in Le Grand, Friday morning.

Guy Cardwell was born in Oklahoma, December 3, 1892 and came with his parents to Le Grand in 1902, making this place his home ever since. He attended the Grammar school and the High School of Le Grand, graduating from the latter in 1913. He enlisted in the Coast Artillery in March 1917, before the United States declared war on Germany and was the first of our local boys to volunteer. He is the first of our local boys to suffer death because of the war, and though he was not permitted to reach the front he deserves the same honor and glory as those boys who died going "over the top" and in " No Man's Land."  He will ever be remembered by us as our first martyr to the cause. We all sympathize deeply with the bereaved parents and are saddened because of our own personal loss; for Guy. "Grit" as he was well nicknamed, was one of us.  The grief which we all share with his his [sic] parents is made easier to bear because of the proud knowledge we all have that "Grit" was a worthy soldeir [sic] who died for a worthy cause.

Funeral services were conducted Friday at 1:30 p. m. in the M. E. Church of which deceased was a member. Rev. Taylor of Le Grand had charge of the services, assisted by Rev. Pope of Selma. Interment followed in the Plainsburg cemetery.  All the stores in Le Grand closed all morning and until 4 p. m. and the schools closed during the afternoon. We will have more particulars of the funeral service in next week's issue.

Contributed by: Thomas Hilk