Lionel Youst

Sawdust in the Western Woods
A personal, pictorial, and primarily oral history of the "gyppo sawmill" in the Douglas fir region, 1926-1956
94 pages, photos, illustrations, maps, index
Golden Falls Publishing, Allegany, OR 97407
May, 2009
ISBN 0-9726226-2-4
For copies, contact the author: lionel@​

Sawdust in the Western Woods

". . . a valuable contribution to the literature." Robert Walls

"I wish I had had this book about forty years ago when I first got interested in Coos Bay local history." Nathan Douthit, History professor emeritus, Southwestern Oregon Community College.

". . .I'm smiling -- because here is a book that uses the words and the language that bring back so many years of memories." Jerry Phillips, manager Elliott State Forest, retired.

"Almost nothing has been previously published on Gyppo sawmilling, let alone any kind of sawmilling. I'm glad to have this book." Philip Schnell, Editor and publisher, Timber Times, review June 2010, p. 5.

"The book turned out very well and I'm sure will be a sought-after reference among forest historians." Doug Decker.

"Sawdust in the Western Woods can provide anecdotes and real life illustrations that deepen our understanding of an important part of Oregon's history." Gordon Greg, Oregon Historical Quarterly, Winter 2009: 641.

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.
A series of fifteen essays on the works and personalities who were most influential in the author's liberal education.
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
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

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