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Law, Walton LeGrande, 1897-1998



  • Existence: 1897 - 1998

Biographical History

Walton LeGrande Law (1897-1998) 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 on LDS Mission 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 World War II Internment Camp in Topaz, Utah in 1943. He was a charter member of the Veterans of World War I 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.

UPB files, MSS 8293 newspaper obituary, accessed December 2, 2013 (Walton LeGrande Law born December 11, 1898; born in Beaver, Utah; mother Bessie Isabel Bickley; father Robert Joseph Law; Centenarian; World War 1 veteran; LDS Mission to the Southern States; Married to Viola Turner; married on May 15, 1919; was the Superintendent of the CCC in West Central Utah; charter member of the Beterans of World War 1; honorary member of the American Legion; careers included plumbing contractor, service station owner, farmer, miner, business man; at 99 years old, he won First Place in a national letter writing contest.)

UPB files, December 2, 2013 (Military; LDS Missionary in Texas; Studied law in the law office of C.D. McNeely in Delta, Utah; Worked for the General Land Office; CCC superintendent; Topaz Japanese American WW2 Internment Camp; work history). accessed December 2, 2013 (marriage information)

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Walton LeGrande Law papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 8293
Scope and Contents

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.

Dates: 1859-2011