Evergreen-Washelli Cemetery: Notable Persons

Important Burials

Evergreen-Washelli Cemetery is the resting place for many important personages in the history of the Northwest.

The Mausoleum for Judge Thomas Burke is visible as you enter Washelli from Aurora Avenue. This memorial was designed by the famous architect Carl F Gould. His name is also remembered in Burke Avenue. As a young man Burke undertook to pay for his own schooling and training as a lawyer by alternately attending school and taking time off to earn tuition and living money. He arrived in Seattle in the early 1860's and invested in land and buildings as well as practicing his profession. During the period of anti-Chinese agitation in Seattle 1885-1886 Burke, along with the sheriff and many prominent citizens, opposed the popular movement and when the two sides met he was among the Home Guard. In that clash one rioter was killed and Burke found himself charged with murder, though he had not fired a shot, the charges were later dismissed. As a lawyer Burke donated time for clients who could not afford his services. He was active in developing our public school system and was on the board for a time. His most important contribution to the city of Seattle though, was being an instrumental factor in bringing the Northern Pacific railroad to Seattle rather than its competitor Tacoma. When he died in 1925 it was while making a speech at a peace conference in New York.

Two other prominent Judges of early Seattle are buried in Washelli cemetery, Roger S. Greene and Archibald Wanless Frater.

Roger Sherman Greene was one of the sons of an old New England family. After serving in the Civil War he worked in Chicago for a number of years until being appointed to the Territorial supreme court of Washington. In 1887 he retired from the bench and took up a private practice. He continued his practice for many years and finally died in the year 1930.

A.W. Frater was one of the early presidential appointed circuit judges in the state. He was much admired for his dedication to his work.

Though there is a certain amount of controversy on the point, George Washington Carmack (also spelled without the k) is the man credited with starting the Klondike gold rush. He was born in 1860 in California and as a young man journeyed to Alaska where he began prospecting. In 1896 he made a large gold strike and staked his claim on that site. It was news of this strike that started the stampede of men to this area. In 1900 he married Marguerite Laimee, his first marriage, although he had lived with an Indian woman, Kate, for many years.

Watson Corvasso Squire and his descendants also are buried at Evergreen-Washelli. Watson Squire holds a very important place in the history of Washington State. He fought in the Civil War and was later appointed governor of the Washington Territory by the president. During his term he had to deal with the Chinese riots and his proclamation of martial law helped bring the situation under control. When Washington became a state he was immediately elected to serve two terms as a senator. His actions in every capacity have brought many benefits to the state of Washington.

Notable Persons

Lewis Albanese, 1946-1966, Section KO, Lot E
Medal of Honor recipient who was killed in action.
Frank Dewitt Black, 1854-1919, Section C, Lot 0025
Reluctant Mayor of Seattle who resigned after only three weeks in office. President of lumber company, vice president of Ship Company, director of Hardware Company.
Orville Emil Bloch, 1915-1983, Section W, Lot 0215
Highly decorated Medal of Honor recipient who earlier had been turned down for an officer's commission because he was too short.  Apple orchard owner and loyal Mariners baseball fan.
Thomas Burke, 1849-1925, Section SH, Lot 0025
Supreme Court Chief Justice who helped to calm Seattle during widespread racial riots.  Helped start a railroad company, supported higher education, and was involved in developing our school system.
James Madison Ewing, 1841-1910, Section WD, Lot 0026
Enlisted at the age of 19 in the Civil War as a Sergeant.  Carpenter and farmer.
Harry Delmar Fadden, 1882-1955, Section 14, Lot 0262
Recipient of extremely rare Peacetime Medal of Honor.
Archibald Wanless Frater, 1855-1925, Section C, Lot 0020
Circuit judge who presided over a Seattle trial involving the vigilante murder of a religious cult leader.  When the acquitted defendant was gunned down, Judge Frater was assigned to that case as well.
Hiram Charles Gill, 1866-1919, Section OL2, Lot 0372
Controversial Mayor of Seattle who was recalled from office and later won it back in an electoral landslide.
Roger Sherman Greene, 1840-1930, Section C, Lot 0053
White officer assigned to the Colored Infantry during the Civil War who later tried to single-handedly prevent a lynching in Seattle.  Supreme Court Judge.
William C. Horton, 1876-1969, Section CS, Lot W
Awarded the Medal of Honor for consistently brave actions he began on his 24th birthday.
John Philo Hoyt, 1841-1926, Section N, Lot 0458
Arizona Territory Governor whose sense of justice caused him to decline becoming Governor of Idaho Territory.  Wrote the ArizonaRevised Statutes. Supreme Court judge and law professor.
Henry Samuel B. Keene, 1836-1898, Section OL2, Lot 0372
Civil War veteran and Wisconsin lawyer who moved to Seattle to improve his health and unexpectedly began a career in mining.
Bertha Knight Landes, 1868-1943, Section MHS, Lot 0196
Seattle's one and only female mayor and the first woman to head the government of any large American city.
Robert Ronald Leisy, 1945-1969, Section O, Lot 0266
Medal of Honor recipient who refused medical aid for his mortal wounds until his fellow comrades were treated first.
William Kenzo Nakamura, 1922-1944, Section LX, Lot W
Racism almost prevented this Seattle-born hero from being awarded the Medal of Honor.
Henry McBride, 1856-1937, Section WNM, Lot C
First Governor of Washington to be born in the west.  Teacher, telegraph operator, and Superior Court judge.
Thomas Minor Pelly, 1902-1973, Section 3, Lot 0350
Seattle civic leader, author, and ten-term congressman.
James Theodore Ronald, 1855-1950, Section 15, Lot 0142
Once our nation's oldest jurist, he wanted to live until age 95 — and did just that. County prosecutor and Seattle Mayor. Superior Court judge for 40 years.
Lewis Baxter Schwellenbach, 1893-1948, Section SH, Lot 0005
U.S. Senator, judge, and Labor Secretary.  Changed the U.S. Labor Department from one that primarily gathered statistical information to one that actively sets policy.
Watson Carvasso Squire, 1838-1926, Section M, Lot 0331
Civil War veteran and Washington Territory Governor who declared martial law during the anti-Chinese riots in Seattle and Tacoma. U.S. Senator who helped secure a naval station at Bremerton.
Roy William Wier, 1886-1963, Section RHCH, Lot 0005
Six-term US Congressman whose legacy inspires others to this day.  WWI veteran, labor representative, member of Minnesota House of Representatives.