Edward Everett

1916 Photo: Edward A. Everett

Edward Arthur Everett, Sr. (Aug. 23, 1889 - May 24, 1961) was the first Chickasaw Council Scout Executive and the first Kia Kima Camp Director, serving in both of these roles from February 1916 to December 1917.

Everett was born on August 23, 1889, in Jersey City, New Jersey. He graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware.

Everett arrived in Memphis on February 23, 1916, having been hired as the Scout Executive for the new Chickasaw Council. He was 26 years old at the time. He became involved in Scouting in 1912: two years as a Scoutmaster and two years as Scout Executive. (New Scout Executive for Chickasaw Council, Commercial Appeal, Feb. 25, 1916, at 10.) He served for one year as Scout Executive in Newark, New Jersey, immediately prior to being hired by the Chickasaw Council. (Ibid.) "I am delighted with the prospects here. It is a fine field for development and a big feature is that scout work is supported by many of the most prominent men in Memphis. I met many of them soon after my arrival." (Ibid.)

During Everett's tenure as Scout Executive, Kia Kima was founded, and Everett served as the Camp Director for the first two seasons. He and his wife, Pearl J. Everett, served on the advisory committee for Camp Miramichee, and Mrs. Everett served on the initial staff at Camp Miramichee in 1916.

Everett resigned from the Chickasaw Council to enlist in the Army Air Service on December 27, 1917. He served in World War I and was honorably discharged as a 2nd Lieutenant on January 1, 1919.

Edward Everett died on May 24, 1961, and is buried in Houston, Texas, in Forest Park Cemetery.

Edward Everett