Lionel Youst

The Author

Biography

Born at Woodland, Washington, January 19, 1934; claimed Coos Bay, Oregon, as home since 1937. Worked in logging camps from 1950 to 1953. Served in the Air Force as a jet engine technician and as an aircraft maintenance officer, stationed at various places around the world, until June, 1975. Returned to boyhood home near Coos Bay at that time to pursue strong avocational interests in regional history and ethnography. Attracted to the power of biography as an approach to those subjects, had two books published by the University of Oklahoma Press in its Civilization of the American Indian series:

She's Tricky like Coyote: Annie Miner Peterson, an Oregon Coast Indian Woman (1997, 2004),

Coquelle Thompson, Athabaskan Witness: a Cultural Biography (with William R. Seaburg) (2002).

Above the Falls: An Oral and Folk History of Upper Glenn Creek, Coos County, Oregon, based on oral interviews and family histories of remote wilderness homesteads in western Oregon, was self published in 1992 with a second, revised edition in 2003. Sorry, this title is currently out of print.

Sawdust in the Western Woods: A personal, pictorial, and primarily oral history of the small sawmill in the Douglas fir region, 1926-1956. Published 2009 on the occasion of the "first annual" Forest History Roundtable Conference held May 15, 2009, at the Tillamook Forest Center, Oregon.

Lost in Coos: "Heroic Deeds and Thrilling Adventures" of Searches and Rescues on Coos River, Coos County, Oregon 1871 to 2000, (2011).

Progressive Thoughts: Essays and Reviews by Lionel Youst (2012)

Selected Works
by Lionel Youst

Labor History
"The Wobblies, Solidarity Forever" (first published North Country Anvil, no. 13, November, 1974). "How Dad Joined the One Big Union." "Wobblie Martyrs: Coos Bay, Centralia, Salt Lake City." "George McGovern." "IWW in Coos County."
An account of author's father, George Youst, a logger who joined the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) at Centralia Washington in 1918. The violence of the Armistice Day Parade November 1, 1918 is described, when logger and IWW organizer Wesley Everest was castrated and hanged by an ultra-patriot mob. The article follows Wesley Everest's career as union organizer from 1912 to his death by lynching, and the author's subsequent employment in logging camps during the 1950's.
Harry Bridges, founding president of the International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union (ILWU) was persecuted by the antilabor establishment for more than 30 years (approx. 1935-65). One of the weapons used against him was his estranged wife, Agnes. This article follows the shameless exploitation by the Justice Department and certain employer's organizaitons of their soured relationship.
Essays
A series of fifteen essays on the works and personalities who were most influential in the author's liberal education.
History
An series of articles and first person accounts of the rescue and attempted rescue of persons lost in the forested 900 square miles of the Coos River drainage over the years from 1871 to 2000.
A personal, pictorial, and primarily oral history of the small sawmill in the Douglas fir region, 1926-1956
Ethno-biography
The story of a Coos Indian woman born on a tidal slough on the Oregon Coast in 1860.
The compelling life story of an Upper Coquelle Athabaskan Indian who lived almost 100 years.
Local History
Local wilderness homesteads, 1875 to 1955. 160 photos, verbatim interviews. For copies contact author at lionel@youst.com

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