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LaFayette S. Kartchner journals and personal history

LaFayette S. Kartchner journals and personal history

Dates: 1928-1991

This collection contains a personal history of Lafayette S. Kartchner, written 1975, and thirty-nine journals spanning from 1928-1929, 1956-1991.Topics included in his history: his involvement in fighting at the Mexican border in 1916, his military service in France during World War I, his career as a U.S. Forest Ranger, his mission to the Mexican Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and his family through the years.

  • Extent: 1 box (0.5 linear ft.). -- 1 carton (1 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Kartchner, LaFayette S. (LaFayette Shepherd), 1893-1993
  • Call Number: MSS 6213
  • 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 LaFayette S. Kartchner journals and personal history 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 6213; LaFayette S. Kartchner journals and personal history; 20th Century Western and Mormon Americana; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 6213, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Felice K. Swain, Kartchner's daughter, in 1993.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Felice K. Swain; 1993.
Subject Terms
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--Missions--Mexico; United States. Forest Service; Diaries; Home and Family; Material Types; Military; Mormon families--Arizona; Mormon missionaries--Mexico; World War, 1914-1918--France
Genre / Form
Processing Information
Processed; Melissa Cowles, student processor and John Murphy, curator; 2008.
Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West (20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 2009, II.B.5.VI).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Kartchner (LaFayette S.) journals and personal history
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Melissa Cowles, student processor, and John Murphy, curator
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-01-12T04:01-0700
Finding Aid Language
Finding aid written in English in Latin script
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

LaFayette Shepher Kartchner (1893-1993) worked for the U.S. Forest Service and served a mission in Mexico.

LaFayette Shepherd Kartchner was born 17 December 1893 to Orrin and Annella Huny Kartchner in Snowflake, Arizona. He graduated from the three year high school in 1912, worked on the family ranch a few years and then finished school at the Snowflake State Academy with his siblings in 1915. He passed the U.S. Forest Service exam in 1916 and began working as a lookout in a tower. This did not last long though for when word reached Arizona that Pancho Villa was on a “rampage” the National Guard was called to the border; Kartchner was called with them. He returned home in September 1916 and at the beginning of 1917 began a job as an assistant forest ranger. He served as company clerk in France in 1918 until his return to the United States in June 1919. After returning home he worked for the U.S. Forest Service again. He married Alice Smith on 5 October 1921 in Salt Lake City, Utah. In December of 1927 he left his job and family to serve in the Mexican mission until December 1929. After his return he continued in the Forest Service until his retirement on 31 May 1956. He died 6 March 1993 in Arizona.

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