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Weston, John Henry, 1887-1969

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1887-1969

Biographical History

John Henry Weston (1887-1969) was a Union Pacific Railroad foreman and amateur photographer from Utah.

John Henry Weston was born July 31, 1887 and raised in Moroni, Utah. As a teenager, he moved to Bingham, Utah ro begin training as a railroad steam engine mechanic. He spent a short time in Lyndall, Utah, eventually moving to Milford, Utah around 1908 where he became the Union Pacific Railroad "Roundhouse" foreman for the remainder of his life. Milford was the halfway point for the Union Pacific Railroad main track line to Las Vegas and California. The crew changed here, so the town became a railroad hub. He was in charge of railroad engine maintenance and repair for over 40 years. He married Metta Schow on 2 Oct 1912 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Photography was always a major interest to him. There are hundreds of photographs documenting family, community, and events beginning in the early 1900s and continuing throughout his life. As photo equipment improved, so did the quality of his photos. He died December 25, 1969.

Citation

UPB files, Feb. 13, 2014 (b. July 31, 1887 and raised in Moroni, Utah; as a teenager, he moved to Bingham, Utah to begin training as a railroad steam engine mechanic; spent a short time in Lyndall, Utah, eventually moving to Milford, Utah around 1908 where he became the Union Pacific Railroad "Roundhouse" foreman for the remainder of his life; Milford was the halfway point for the Union Pacific Railroad main track line to Las Vegas and California; The crew changed here, so the town became a railroad hub; was in charge of railroad engine maintenance and repair for over 40 years; married Metta Schow on 2 Oct 1912 in Salt Lake City, Utah; Photography was always a major interest to him; There are hundreds of photographs documenting family, community, and events beginning in the early 1900s and continuing throughout his life; as photo equipment improved, so did the quality of his photos; d. Dec. 25, 1969.)

Found in 5 Collections and/or Records:

John Henry Weston and John N. Weston photographs of the railroad in Milford,Utah, 1896-1977

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8213 Series 1
Scope and Contents This series contains 44 photographs relating to the railroad in Milford, Utah between 1896 and 1977. Included are pictures of trains, railroad accidents, and railroad employees. The majority of the photographs were taken between 1896 and 1950, though there are 6 photographs of an accident that occurred in 1977.
Dates: 1896-1977

John Henry Weston negatives, approximately 1953-1969

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 8388
Scope and Contents Contains two negatives taken between approximately 1953 and 1969 of Cove Fort Historic Site, Utah.
Dates: approximately 1953-1969

John Henry Weston photography of Army Air Corps show in Lyndall, Utah, 1931

 Series — Box: 1, Folder: 5
Identifier: MSS 8213 Series 2
Scope and Contents This series includes 7 photographs of an air show that took place in the 1930s in Lyndall, Utah. All of the photographs show the planes on the ground.
Dates: 1931

John N. Weston and Brad Weston collection of LDS Church pamphlets for youth, 1947-1959

 Series — Box: 1, Folder: 6
Identifier: MSS 8213 Series 3
Scope and Contents This series is composed of pamphlets that were given to youth throughout the 1950s, addressing topics including standards and personal development. There is also a letter written by David O. McKay in reply to a Brigham Young University student in 1947, and a photocopy of a Brigham Young University Summer Universe dated July 1962.
Dates: 1947-1959

John N. Weston, John Henry Weston, and Brad Weston collection

 Collection — Folder: 7
Identifier: MSS 8213
Scope and Contents This collection includes photographs taken by Weston family members. It includes 43 photographs taken between 1896 and 1977 pertaining to the railroad in Milford, Utah. There are also 7 photographs of a Utah Army Air Corps Air Show in Lyndall, Utah in 1931. There is also a collection of booklets and pamphlets that were given by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS Church) to youth during the 1950s.
Dates: approximately 1896-1977