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Leslie E. Liechty collection of Rock Canyon Water Company materials

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1845

Scope and Contents note

Through family records and articles compiled by Leslie E. Leichty, detailed company minutes, account books, and corporate records describe the importance of the Rock Canyon Water and Hardscrabble Canal Companies. This collection spans the years in Provo, Utah from 1880 to 1995.


  • 1880-1995


Conditions Governing Access note

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use note

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.

Permission to publish material from Leslie E. Liechty collection of Rock Canyon Water Company materials must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical/Historical note

Leslie E. Liechty, born on May 14, 1926, was raised on a 40 acre farm in the foothills and bench area near the mouth of Rock Canyon. His parent's names were Ephraim Liechty and Sarah Wintch. His grandfather was Leslie Liechty who helped found the Rock Canyon Irrigation Company. He graduated from high school in May of 1944 and was drafted into the Army on September 16, 1944. He was deployed to the Philippines and later went on to Korea. On June 25, 1946 he was discharged after coming down with Malaria. In the Fall of 1946 Liechty went to BYU on the G.I. Bill. The next year, 1947, Liechty was called on a mission to the Northern States, headquartered in Chicago, until he went home for Christmas 1949. He graduated from college in 1952 to become a teacher and got married to Mona Rolfe in June of 1954. When his parents died, he sold their old acreage for housing developments. Leslie Liechty went back to graduate school at BYU to get his Masters in 1959, and later his Doctorate in 1971. He had four kids: John, Leslie, Shem, and Ann. Liechty retired in 1987 at 61. He passed away July 7, 2006.


5 boxes (2.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Collection includes by-laws, articles of incorporation, minutes, ledgers, account books, certificates, biographies, and histories. The materials relate to the founding and operation of the Rock Canyon Irrigation Company from its beginnings to its purchase by Provo City in Utah.

Arrangement note

Arranged in three series: 1. Rock Canyon Water Company records, 1880-1976. 2. Hardscrabble Canal Company records, 1915-1946. 3. Leslie Liechty family history and articles on Rock Canyon area, 1965-1995.

Other Finding Aids

File-level inventory available online.

Custodial History note

This collection was donated by Leslie E. Liechty. The records of the Rock Canyon Water Company were handed down through family members until the company was purchased by Provo City. At that time, Mr. Liechty kept the company's minute books and correspondence until his donation to Brigham Young University in 1992.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated; Leslie E. Liechty; 1992.

Appraisal note

19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts.

Processing Information note

Processed; Harvard S. Heath and Kristen Smeltzer; August 1993.

Register of Leslie E. Liechty collection of Rock Canyon Water Company materials
Harvard S. Heath and Kristen Smeltzer
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Western Waters (WWDL) Grant, 2007-2010

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States