William Riley Hurst papers

William Riley Hurst papers

Dates: 1908-1995, bulk 1964-1995

Contains journals of William Riley Hurst, spanning from 1910, during his childhood, to his later life. The journals record Hurst's daily life in Blanding, Utah with his family and in his business. Also included are a few short stories and essays by Hurst, as well as a scrapbook belonging to Hurst's wife, Carol Bayles, from her time at Brigham Young University. Dated 1910-1995, bulk 1964-1995.

  • Extent: 1 box (0.5 linear ft.). -- 9 oversize boxes (4 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Hurst, William Riley, 1908-2000
  • Call Number: MSS 8812
  • 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 William Riley Hurst papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Comittee.
Conservation required for Scrapbook (box 10 folder 4).
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 8812; William Riley Hurst papers; 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 8812, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Grant A. Hurst, son of William Riley Hurst, in December 2015. Donated by Grant A. Hurst, son of William Riley Hurst, in May 2017.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Grant A. Hurst; December 3, 2015. Donated; Grant A. Hurst; May 25, 2017.
Subject Terms
Social Life and Customs; Home and Family; Blanding (Utah); Hurst, William Riley, 1908-2000--Diaries; Hurst, Carol Bayles, 1914-2004
Genre / Form
Diaries; Scrapbooks
Processing Information
Processed; Elizabeth Kane, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2017. Additional materials processed; Jeremy Meservy, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2017.
Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy 5.V, August 2007).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Hurst (William Riley) papers
Finding Aid Author
Elizabeth Kane
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2017-11-28 12:01:18 -0700.
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Biographical Info:

Biographical History

William Riley Hurst (1908-2000) was a Mormon businessman and mayor of Blanding, Utah.

William Riley Hurst was born on September 5, 1908 to George Arthur Hurst and Mary Maria Terry in Colonia Dublan, Mexico. In 1910 the family moved to Blanding, Utah.

Beginning in 1930, Hurst served a 32-month mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the central United States. He married Carol Bayles on April 5, 1933 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The couple had 6 children.

William served in the navy during World War II, then worked as a bookkeeper from Lyman garage for 10 years.During this period, Hurst struggled with depression and alcoholism. In 1951 Hurst bought the Westside Market, and the family owned and operated it for 25 years. In 1958 Hurst was elected mayor of Blanding, Utah, and served for 3 terms. He later served as a San Juan County Comissioner.

William Riley Hurst died on February 5, 2000.

Biographical History

Carol Bayles Hurst was a Latter-day Saint wife and mother in Blanding, Utah.

Carol Bayles was born on March 23, 1914 in Grayson (later renames Blanding), San Juan, Utah to Hanson Durham Bayles and Caroline Lyman. She was the second oldest of eight children, and was raised in Blanding, Utah. After graduating from San Juan High School, Bayles attended Brigham Young University in Provo for a year. On April 5, 1933 Carol married William Riley Hurst in the Salt Lake City, Utah LDS temple. The couple had six children together, whom they raised primarily in Blanding, UT. The couple served two missions in the 1980s to Texas and the Navajo Reseravation. Carol died on June 7, 2004 in Blanding, UT.

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