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Ervin Richard and Beth Guymon oral history interview

Ervin Richard and Beth Guymon oral history interview

Dates: 1978 June 1

Interview with Ervin Richard Guymon on 1 June 1978 under the subject of "Experiences in Blanding, Utah," conducted by Suzanne Shelton for the Southeastern Utah Project Oral History Program of California State University, Fulleton. Ervin describes his early childhood and family members in the Mormon colonies in Mexico. His parents found it difficult to move back into the United States because of the Mexican Revolution, but finally escaped the danger and settled in Blanding, San Juan County, Utah. Ervin discusses his childhood games, school and activities in Blanding, his parents lifestyle in Mexico and his missionary work with Indians (mostly Navajo). He married Beth Park in 1930 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The second half of the manuscript is an interview of Beth Guymon conducted on 1 June 1978 by Eileen Pohl. Beth describes her Mormon genealogy and her childhood and family life in Salt Lake City. She moved to San Juan County as a young woman to teach school and met Ervin in Blanding. Beth discusses her marriage, children and grandchildren as well as her teaching career, the great flu epidemic, World War I and the changes in the LDS church during her lifetime. Bound manuscript, 30 pages, index included.

  • Extent: 1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Guymon, Beth, 1907-1988. -- Guymon, Ervin Richard, 1907-2006. -- Pohl, Eliane. -- Shelton, Suzanne
  • Call Number: MSS 6669
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84606; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
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It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Ervin Richard and Beth Guymon oral history interviews 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 6669; Ervin Richard and Beth Guymon oral history interviews; 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 6669, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Purchased from Gary L. Shumway in 1987.
Acquisition Information
Purchased; Gary L. Shumway; 1987.
Subject Terms
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--History; Blanding (Utah); Material Types; Oral Histories; Salt Lake City (Utah)
Processing Information
Processed; Karen Glenn; December 2008.
Appraisal Information
LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts, August 2007).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Guymon (Ervin Richard and Beth), oral history interviews with
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Karen Glenn, student processor; John M. Murphy, curator
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2011-02-24T10:36-0700
Finding Aid Language
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Ervin Richard Guymon was born 13 October 1907 in Pacheco, Chihuahua, Mexico. His family moved to Blanding, Utah in 1911. Ervin married Elizabeth Mary (Beth) Park on 1 April 1930 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He died 28 June 2006 in Blanding, Utah.

Biographical History

Elizabeth Mary (Beth) Park was born 15 October 1907 in Mill Creek, Utah. She died 1 December 1988 in Blanding, Utah.

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