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 Wesley Everest

Wesley Everest

Original Name Nathan Wesley
Birth
Newberg, Yamhill County, Oregon, USA
Death 11 Nov 1919 (aged 28)
Centralia, Lewis County, Washington, USA
Burial Centralia, Lewis County, Washington, USA
Memorial ID 5855116 · View Source
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One of Six Centralia Massacre Victims. He was accused of murder, which some accounts say was self-defense; beaten badly, arrested and put in jail; removed by a mob and lynched without a trial. This happened on the first anniversary of World War I; Everest was wearing his army uniform. This conflict between the World War I Veterans belonging to an American Legion and logging camp workers, who were members of the an organized workers group, Industrial Workers of the World or Wobblies, resulted in a total of six deaths, additional wounded, multiple prison terms, and an ongoing and especially bitter dispute over the motivations and events that precipitated the massacre. Everest, a lumberjack, was a Wobblie or IWW member. Other factors about the incident: Owners of the logging camp feared for a strike by organized workers, many of the loggers were also World War I veterans, the perpetrators, who hung him, were never identified, yet several Wobblies were taken to trial for killing an American Legion leader during the riot, and six of them spent fifteen years in prison. Besides, Everett, four American Legion men were killed including the nephew of the owner of the logging business, and a deputy sheriff. Since no undertaker would take his body, a group of Wobblies dug his grave in what was a pauper’s cemetery and buried him. Today, his grave site is listed on the National Register of Historical Places; the application for the National Register gives a detailed documentation of this incident. Since the application, a military marker has been placed on his grave site.

Bio by: Linda Davis


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U.S. ARMY
WORLD WAR I
361st INF
91st DIV
COMPANY 1


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  • Originally Created by: Tenalquot
  • Added: 18 Oct 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 5855116
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Wesley Everest (29 Dec 1890–11 Nov 1919), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5855116, citing Greenwood Memorial Park, Centralia, Lewis County, Washington, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .