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David Horton Elton papers, v. 4

 Digital Record
Identifier: MSS2050_v4
Image of David Horton Elton papers, v. 4
Image of David Horton Elton papers, v. 4


Conditions Governing Access note

Originals restricted for preservation. Copies 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 the David Horton Elton papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

David Horton Elton (1877-1963) was an England native who immigrated to Utah. He served an LDS mission as well as several leadership positions in both the church and the community.

Born January 12, 1877 in Worcester, England, David Horton Elton, immigrated, in August of 1890, to Salt Lake City, Utah, to join his widowed mother. Seven years later, in the spring of 1898, David was asked to serve a two year mission to the Southern States for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. During his mission, David served in Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia. He also edited and wrote for the mission newspaper, The Latter Day Saints Southern Star.

Following his mission, David married Nora Afton Hauser on April 3, 1901 in the Salt Lake City, Utah, LDS Temple. In August of 1901, the young couple moved to Canada, where David worked as an editor for the Cardston Star, in Cardston, Alberta. He became a barrister and solicitor, and eventually was elected mayor of Lethbridge, Alberta, a position he held from 1935-1943. In addition to his professional and political activities, David was a well known poet, author, and public speaker.

Active in the ecclesiastical organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, David served in a variety of LDS church ward and stake callings, including president of the Lethbridge Stake’s Young Men’s Mutual Improvement Association. Known as wise and gentle parents, David and Nora had five children. David Horton Elton died August 19, 1963 and Nora Hauser Elton died sixteen months later on December 13, 1964.

Language of Materials


Custodial History note

Donated by John D. Elton in 1998.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated; John D. Elton; 1998.


The papers of David Horton Elton contain David Horton Elton’s LDS Church mission diaries, 1898 – 1900, and one additional diary, 1905.

Scope and Contents note

Four numbered and consecutive mission journals, March 1898 – March 1900, and one additional journal dated January 1905 – April 1905. The four missionary journals are fascinating for their detailed descriptions of Elder David Horton Elton’s missionary experiences and travels in Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia. The 1905 Elton journal is interesting for his descriptions of his family and professional life. Collection also contains preservation photocopies of all collection diaries, and typewritten transcripts of all collection materials.

Processing Information note

Processed; John Murphy; 9 March 2004.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States