A Narrative History
The People of Iowa
SPECIAL TREATMENT OF THEIR CHIEF ENTERPRISES IN
EDUCATION, RELIGION, VALOR, INDUSTRY,
EDGAR RUBEY HARLAN, LL. B., A. M.
Curator of the
Historical, Memorial and Art Department of Iowa
THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY, Inc.
Chicago and New York
FOLSOM EVEREST. Among the able, learned and thoroughly experienced lawyers practicing at the bar of Council Bluffs, few have a larger following or are held in higher public confidence than Folsom Everest. Aside from any
consideration that may be given him because of his membership in an old and honored family of the Hawkeye State, his personal accomplishments have been such as to
entitle him to esteem among men who recognize and appreciate his worthy qualities of others.
Mr. Everest was born at Grinnell, Iowa, November 21, 1894, and a history of
the family will be found on another page of this work, in the sketch of F. F.
Everest, also of Council Bluffs. Folsom Everest acquired his early education
in the public schools of Council Bluffs, following which he was sent to the
Peddie School, in New Jersey, one of the old and cultured educational
institutions of the East. Upon his graduation he returned to Grinnell, and when the
United States became embroiled in the great World war raging in Europe, in
1917, he enlisted in the United States army and was sent for intensive
training to Camp Cody, Deming, New Mexico, where he remained for nine months. He then went to Wright Field, Dayton, Ohio, where he became commander of the Eight
Hundred and Eighty-first Air Squadron, but was transferred to the Eighty-fourth Division, and in August, 1918, went to France with that division as a first lieutenant in the Three Hundred and Ninth Ammunition Train. He served in
France until the signing of the armistice, and in 1919 returned to the United States. In 1920 he joined the National Guard and was commissioned captain of Company L, One Hundred and Sixty-eighth Infantry, and in 1923 took command of the Third Battalion of that regiment. In November, 1924, he was made lieutenant-colonel and adjutant of the Thirty-fourth Division, and still retains this rank.
Upon his return from France Mr. Everest entered Creighton University, where
he graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Laws as a member of the class of
March, 1921. Shortly thereafter he successfully passed the bar examination
and was admitted to practice. After practicing alone for about five years, in
1926, he became a member of the firm of Tinley, Mitchell, Ross & Mitchell.
This is accounted one of the strongest legal combinations of Council Bluffs
and Mr. Everest has been identified with much important litigation, in which
he has shown himself capable and thorough, a master of principles and
precedents and a man thoroughly familiar with courtroom procedure. He is a valued member of the Pottawattamie County Bar Association, the Iowa State Bar Association and the American Bar Association, in all of which he has numerous friends. His religious connection is with the Congregational Church, and he holds membership in the Masons, B. P. O. Elks, No. 531, National Sojourners and
American Legion. He has always displayed his civic pride in a practical manner, and is a member of the Greater Council Bluffs Association and the Rotary Club. A Republican in his political views, he attends most of the Republican
conventions and is something of an influence in his party.
On June 14, 1921, Mr. Everest was united in marriage with Miss Elsie Tinley,
daughter of Emmet Tinley, a prominent lawyer of Council Bluffs, a member of
the firm of Tinley, Mitchell, Ross & Mitchell, and a sketch of whose career
appears elsewhere in this work. To this union there have been born three
children: Mary Rose, born in 1923; Frances, born in 1924; and Emmet Tinley, born in 1926. Mrs. Everest is a consistent and active member of the Episcopal Church.
Jeremiah Folsom, the maternal grandfather of Mr. Everest, came to Iowa in
1856, and bought land from the Government, on which he was engaged in
agricultural pursuits for many years. At the time of his arrival, and for years
afterward, the plains of Iowa and Kansas were unsafe for the white settlers, and
Mr. Folsom assisted in the organization of the military company at Council
Bluffs which was the predecessor of Company L, One Hundred and Sixty-eight
Infantry, the oldest in the Iowa National Guard, to fight the hostile Indians.
This organization has fought in every American war since then, and it is a
significant and interesting fact that Mr. Folsom's grandson, Mr. Everest, should
have later become its commander.
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