Walton LeGrande Law papers

Walton LeGrande Law papers

Dates: 1859-2011

Collection contains materials pertaining to the life of Law, including scrapbooks, newspaper articles, letters, and photographs. Contains information about his time as commander of a CCC camp in Utah, as commander of a Japanese internment camp in Topaz, Utah, and family history information. There are also three letters dated 1859 and 1863 from California and Nebraska to Utah. Dated 1859-2011.

  • Extent: 1 box (0.5 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Law, Walton LeGrande, 1897-1998
  • Call Number: MSS 8293
  • 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 Walton LeGrande Law 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 8293; Walton LeGrande Law papers; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 8293, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Material was donated by Merlene Malone Barrett in 2013.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Merlene Malone Barrett; 2013.
Subject Terms
Law, Walton LeGrande, 1897-1998; Business, Industry, Labor, and Commerce; Correspondence; Home and Family; Images; Immigration and American Expansion; Oral Histories; Photographs; Politics, Government, and Law; Scrapbooks; Social Classes; Social History
Genre / Form
Certificates; Letters; Local histories
Processing Information
Processed; Margaret Weddle, student manuscript processor; and John M. Murphy, curator; 2013.
Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Law (Walton LeGrande) papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Margaret Weddle, student manuscript processor; and John M. Murphy, curator
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-12-08T04:04-0700
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Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Walton LeGrande Law (1897-1988) was the Superintendent of the Civilian Conservation Corps and a Centenarian who lived in Utah.

Walton LeGrande Law was born in Beaver, Utah, on December 16, 1897, to parents Robert Joseph and Bessie Isabel Bickley Law, and at age 12, moved with them to help settle in Delta, Utah. He served in the military in World War 1 from April 3, 1918 to January 11, 1919, and survived to be one of the oldest veterans from that war. He married Viola Turner on May 15, 1919, in Salt Lake City, Utah and then served as a Mormon missionary to the Southern States in 1920.

LeGrande was a successful plumbing contractor, service station owner, constructing and maintaining roads, farmer, miner, and busines man. He studied law in C.C. McNeely's law office in Delta, Utah. He worked in the General land Office from 1933 to 1935 before spending 2 years in self-employment doing carpentry and contracting. He become a foreman then superintendent of a CCC camp from 1935 to 1941, and served at the Japanese American WW2 Internment Camp in Topaz, Utah in 1943. He was a charter member of the Veterans of World War 1 and served as Utah Department Commander in 1969. He was also a lifetime honorary member of the American Legion.

At 99 years of age, he won First Place for Utah (for his age bracket) in the National Healthy Aging Letter Writing Contest sponsored by the U.S. Postal Service and Educational Televion Network, Inc. The book of winners has been placed in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

He died March 11, 1998, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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