This Wednesday, Nov. 11th, being Veterans Day is always a day we should reflect on our country's past history and be thankful for those young men that died in the fight for our Freedom.
Crittenden County lost several young men in World War I, some on the battle field, but as many or more, died from diseases. The list of these diseases were measles, influenza, pneumonia and typhoid fever. There was a list of fifteen young men from Crittenden County that died from these diseases.
Charles Ervin Davis, was one of these young men. He died during training at Great Lakes, Ill. on Sept. 28, 1918.
On January 16, 1920, the Woodmen Of The World organization erected a monument for him. The announcement read - A splendid W.O.W. monument has been erected at the grave site of Ervin Davis in the Crooked Creek Cemetery. The work is carved of fine Vermont marble to resemble the body of a tree. This memorial was made in the works of Henry and Henry monument Co.
As you can see by the picture above, the monument is still an impressive monument today, as it should be to honor one of our past Veterans. The writing at the base of the stone says "Died in U.S. Service, Great Lakes, Ill. Picture was made Nov. 7, 2009.