Oral history interviews with Blanding pioneers

Oral history interviews with Blanding pioneers

Dates: 1971-1973

Oral history interviews with Caroline Bayles, Retta Hurst, Ellen Henry Lyman, and Mary Poole, conducted on 30 June 1971, 12 July 1972 and 5 September 1973. Interviewed by Louise Lyne, Anne Banas, Mark Hollenbeck, Sylvester and Cleal Bradford and Debbie Fellbaum for the Utah State Historical Society and California State University, Fullerton Oral History Program. Each interviewee discusses the history of Blanding, Utah from their perspective. Other subjects include the Mormon colonies in Mexico, the American Indians of southeastern Utah, the Mormon church, the L.C. Ranch of Blanding, Utah, and farming.

  • Extent: 1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)
  • Creator: California State University, Fullerton. Oral History Program. -- Utah State Historical Society
  • Call Number: MSS 6732
  • 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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Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the oral history interviews with five Blanding pioneers 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 6732; Oral history interviews with five Blanding pioneers; 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 6732, 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)--History; Bluff (Utah)--History; Indians of North America--Utah--History; Material Types; Mormons--Colonies--Mexico--Diaz (Chihuahua); Oral Histories
Processing Information
Processed; Karen Glenn; 11 February 2009.
Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West (Collection development policy of 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts, August 2007).
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Finding Aid Title
Oral history interviews with Blanding pioneers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Karen Glenn, student processor; John Murphy, curator
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2011-01-04T10:07-0700
Finding Aid Language
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Caroline Lyman Bayles was born 13 May 1890 in Scipio, Millard, Utah to Platte DeAlton Lyman and Adelia Robison. She grew up in Bluff, Utah and married Hanson Durham Bayles 20 December 1911 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah. They had eight children. Caroline died 21 June 1984 in Blanding, San Juan, Utah.

Biographical History

Alfretta (Retta) James Hurst was born 10 October 1884 in Wilford, Apache, Arizona to Joseph Henry James and Elizabeth Salome Bloomfield. Her family moved to the Mormon colonies in Mexico when she was two-years-old. She married Oscar Parley Hurst 31 August 1902 in Dublan, Galeana, Chihuahua, Mexico. They lived in Mexico until the Revolution, then moved to Utah. They had eleven children. Retta died 22 December 1979.

Biographical History

Ellen Jane Nielson Lyman was born to Niels Peter Nielson and Florence Virginia Dutson on 15 November 1884 in Leamington, Millard, Utah. She married Frederic Stanley Lyman on 3 June 1910 in Salt Lake, Utah. They had seven children. Ellen died 30 October 1973 in Monticello, Grand, Utah.

Biographical History

Henry Mason Lyman was born 17 February 1888 in Oak city, Millard, Utah to Joseph Alvin and Nellie Grayson Roper Lyman. He married Tamar Black in 1911, Ethel Jamison in 1925 and Leah Brown in 1945. He helped to settle L.C. Ranch, north of Blanding, Utah. Henry died 21 September 1977 in Utah.

Biographical History

Mary Elizabeth Mathis Poole was born 22 September 1875 in Spartanburg, South Carolina to John Henry and Sarah Ann Crocker Mathis. She married John Simpson Poole 12 September 1894. Mary died 25 February 1976 in Blanding, San Juan, Utah.

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John Murphy
Curator - 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts