Ephraim Portman Pectol papers

Ephraim Portman Pectol papers

Dates: 1838-1998

Contains Pectol family papers, letters, journals, photographs, and ledgers; documents, letters, photographs, brochures, histories documenting the creation and preservation of Capitol Reef National Park; and receipts, and letters relating to The Wayne Umpire, a store in Wayne County. Dated circa 1838-1983.

  • Extent: 17 boxes (8.5 linear ft.). -- 1 carton (1 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Pectol, Ephraim Portman, 1875-1947
  • Call Number: MSS 7996
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Ephraim Portman Pectol un-redacted mission letters: Privacy restricted; permission to access un-redacted mission letters must be granted by Special Collections Coordinating Committee. All other collection materials: Open for public research.
Languages and Scripts
Retained in original order.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Ephraim Portman Pectol 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 7996; Ephraim Portman Pectol family papers; 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 7996, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Vona Dee Kenney and Gloria Kuhn in 2012.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Vona Dee Kenney and Gloria Kuhn; 2012.
Subject Terms
Business, Industry, Labor, and Commerce; Retail Trade; Business enterprises--Utah--Wayne County; Capitol Reef National Park (Utah); Wayne County (Utah); Pectol, Ephraim Portman, 1875-1947; Pectol, Ephraim Portman, 1875-1947--Archives
Genre / Form
Letters; Receipts (Acknowledgments)
Processing Information
Processed; Elizabeth Baliff, student manuscript processor; Kelsey Samuelsen, student manuscript processor; and John M. Murphy, curator; 2012.
Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy 5.VII, August 2007.) Contains papers documenting a general store in Wayne County, and the creation of Capitol Reef National Park.
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Pectol (Ephraim Portman) papers
Finding Aid Author
Elizabeth Ballif, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2016-06-02 15:26:15 -0600.
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Biographical Info:

Biographical history

Ephraim Portman Pectol (1875-1947) was a storekeeper in Torrey, Utah.

Ephraim Portman Pectol was born in Glenwood, Utah, on May 16, 1875, to George Peter Pectol and Annina Conradine Peterson. He married Dorothy D. Hickman on June 21, 1899. From 1906-1908, he served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in New Zealand. After he returned from missionary service, the Pectols sold their farm and opened up a general store--called The Wayne Umpire--in 1910. In 1925, Pectol was instrumental in making Capitol Reef a Utah State Park. Elected to the Utah State Legislature in 1933, Pectol wrote President Roosevelt requesting the creation of Wayne Wonderland National Monument; on August 2, 1937, President Roosevelt signed a proclamation creating Capitol Reef National Monument. Pectol died October 6, 1947, in Elsinore, Utah.

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