Joseph W. Guyton (1889 ~ 1918) lived most of his life near Evart, working as a farmer, plumber, and well driller. When the U.S. entered World War I inn 1917, Guyton was drafted into the army. He could have elected not to go since he was married and had a child, but instead he served with the 126th Infantry Regiment
of the 32nd "Red Arrow Division."
On May 24, 1918, shortly after reaching the front line in the Alsace region of what was then Germany, Guyton was the first American killed on German soil when he was hit by machine gun fire. France bestowed the Croix de Guerre
medal upon Guyton, as well as his unit to recognize their bravery in combat Guyton's comrades buried his remains in a churchyard. In 1921 the remains were returned to the United States and buried in Evart's Forest Hill Cemetery.