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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.


  • 1859-2011


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing 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.

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.


1 box (0.5 linear ft.)



Custodial History

Material was donated by Merlene Malone Barrett in 2013.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Merlene Malone Barrett; 2013.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).

Processing Information

Processed; Margaret Weddle, student manuscript processor; and John M. Murphy, curator; 2013.

Register of Walton LeGrande Law papers
Margaret Weddle, student manuscript processor; and John M. Murphy, curator
2013 November 20
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States