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Interesting story on pioneer Elijah Everett, Jr.
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Elijah “Lige” Everett, Jr
Birth:?July 23, 1845,? Nauvoo, Hancock County, ?Illinois, USA
Death:?Aug. 26, 1866,? Kane County,?Utah, USA
Garfield County News May 8, 1936
Build Monument At Grave Of Elijah Everett Junior
Last Tuesday, May 5, a party of twelve men from Panguitch, Tropic, Cannonville and Henrieville went to Everett Hollow, about three miles south and six miles west of Cannonville, and erected a monument at the grave of Elijah Everett, a nineteen year old youth who was an Indian scout during the Walker Indian War in southern Utah, and was killed by an Indian while on the Green River expedition during the month of August 1866.
The monument is of colored cobblestone, gathered from the hillside where Mr. Everett was killed. These stones are laid in cement and the base of the monument is four feet, six inches long, fourteen inches thick, and twelve inches in height. The shaft is four feet wide twelve inches thick, and four feet high. The marker at the foot is of sandstone, about two feet high, eighteen inches wide and four inches thick, set in cement. The sand in the cement was hauled from above Tropic by Bishop Wilford Clark of Cannonville.
A glass fruit jar was imbedded in the main shaft, with the mouth of the bottle protruding out so that the lid may be removed, and the story of the tragedy read, and replaced, that it might be a lasting history year to year. ?In the bottle was placed a copy of the tragedy, as taken from Peter Gottfreson’s “History of Indian Depredations in Utah,” pages 221 to 225, which contains the members of the entire company, with an additional record of more recent attention to the grave and its history, the names of the party of engineers who were surveying there during 1904 and placed the sandstone marker at the grave.
The names of a party of Panguitch stake authorities who met at the site on April 30 of this year and decided to build a monument to Mr. Everett, and the names of those who erected the monument, all of whom signed the statement are as follows: James L. Miller, Andrew G. Johnson, M. Willard Bigelow, Reed Henderson, Henry G. Excell and Hans P. Ipson of Panguitch; Jesse L. Jolley, of Tropic; Wilford Clark, Joseph Thompson, and Loren Twitchell of Cannonville; Robert A. Middleton, and Alfred Quilter of Henrieville.
Kane County Standard May 22, 1936
Monument Erected In Honor Of Everett
L.D.S. church officials of the Panguitch stake are erecting a monument in honor of Elijah Everett about eight miles south of Cannonville.
Elijah Everett was killed by Indians August 16, 1866, while on an expedition to Green River. There were 61 men in the company who had been ordered by President Erastus Snow to make the trip. They gathered at Gould’s ranch, southwest of Kanab. With James Andrus, captain, and Franklin B. Woolley, adjutant general, they made their way first to Short Creek and Pipe Springs and coming by way of Kanab, went to Scootumpah and camped.
While at Scootumpah, it rained and several of the men took colds, which developed into chills and fever. However, they continued on as far as Pahriah. Here six of the men became so ill that they were sent back with 14 horses, which had become disabled. These men were Elijah Everett, Charles Penney, George Ishum, Albert Beeber, Frederick Reggus and Hyrum Pollock.
After following the trail about six miles, the party was attacked by Indians.?Elijah Everett, who was in the lead, was killed and George Ishum received an arrow wound in his left shoulder. As Everett fell he exclaimed, “Oh, Boys!” and died.
Thinking there was a large number of Indians, the men retreated to the opposite side of the gorge, and with difficulty, one by one, made their way back to the company, who had gone on to Coal Point.
When Captain Andrus heard of the attack, taking 25 men, he hurried down the Pahriah to head off the Indians, but night came on and the Indians escaped.
About 10 o’clock, August 27, the body of Elijah Everett was recovered and buried on the spot where the monument is being erected.
For years the cowboys from Kanab who rode the ranges in that vicinity have kept the rocks piled up which mark the grave of Elijah Everett.