James Walton papers

James Walton papers

Dates: 1917-1973

Included in the collection are Walton’s enlistment record and certificate of honorable discharge from the Army, 1917-19; Texas Mission journal (including photographs, correspondence, and news clippings), November 1962 - November 1964; an account of personal history, dedication program, and transcripts of two dedicatory prayers (Bear River High School Memorial Gymnasium, and the John Shuman Monument in Tremonton, Utah) given by Walton, ca. 1970; and a ledger-size scrapbook of collected thoughts, newspaper clippings, personal and other correspondence, photographs, etc., ca. 1920-1973.

  • Extent: 1 box (0.5 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Walton, James, 1888-1974
  • Call Number: MSS 4186
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
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Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the James Walton papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 4186; James Walton papers; 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 4186, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Isabella Walton in 1976.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Isabella Walton; 1976.
Subject Terms
Correspondence; Material Types; Mormon missionaries--Texas; Utah
Genre / Form
Processing Information
Processed; Amanda Clark; 26 July 2007.
Appraisal Information
LDS cultural, social, and religious history (Collection development policy for 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts, August 2007).
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Finding Aid Title
Walton (James) papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Karen Glenn and Amanda Clark, student processors and John Murphy, curator
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-07-08T11:03-0600
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Biographical History

James Walton (1888-) was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who served several leadership positions both in the church and in his community.

James Walton was born in Porterville, Utah, on the 1st of November, 1888, to Charles Alonzo and Louise Buchanan Walton. Soon afterwards, the family moved to Coalville, where James grew up, enrolled in the Coalville District, graduated at the top of his class, and proceeded to the Summit Stake Academy. James worked in various industrial and commercial capacities in order to help support the family before leaving on his mission to the Northern States in 1910; after his return 27 months later, he served in various capacities in his own ward (and continued to render service in the MIA and the Sunday School, as Bishop of Tremonton wards, Gospel Doctrine teacher, Patriarch of the Bear River Stakes as ordained by Elder Ezra Taft Benson, etc.). Walton has also served civically as Mayor and later Postmaster of Tremonton, President of the Chamber of Commerce, the Lion’s Key, and the Utah Chapter of the National Association of Postmasters (which included participation in a legislative committee on a bill for civil service for postmasters), etc. Years earlier, he also served in the Army for two years during World War I.

By this time, Walton had been married to Effie Ellen Carruth for four years; after another ten years, while working at the Bear River Valley Leader, she passed away. Not long thereafter, James, who was left in great shock by the event, applied for and was hired for the position of postmaster. While serving there, he met Isabella Pack, the daughter of a former teacher, for the first time; through interesting circumstances, James came to believe that “heaven and earth had joined” to give her to him, and the two were married in the Logan Temple on August 9, 1929. James continued to serve as postmaster there until he was forced to retire at the age of 70. From November 1962-1964, he and Isabella were then privileged to serve as missionaries in Texas, after which they continued to serve the Lord at home until the end of their days.

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John Murphy
Curator - 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts