LaFayette S. Kartchner journals and personal history
Scope and Contents note
This collection contains a personal history of Lafayette S. Kartchner, written 1975, and thirty-nine journals spanning from 1928-1929, 1956-1991. Topics included in his history: his involvement in fighting at the Mexican border in 1916, his military service in France during World War I, his career as a U.S. Forest Ranger, his mission to the Mexican Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and his family through the years.
- Other: 1928-1991
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Open for public research.
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It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from LaFayette S. Kartchner journals and personal history must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
LaFayette Shepher Kartchner (1893-1993) worked for the U.S. Forest Service and served a mission in Mexico.
LaFayette Shepherd Kartchner was born 17 December 1893 to Orrin and Annella Huny Kartchner in Snowflake, Arizona. He graduated from the three year high school in 1912, worked on the family ranch a few years and then finished school at the Snowflake State Academy with his siblings in 1915. He passed the U.S. Forest Service exam in 1916 and began working as a lookout in a tower. This did not last long though for when word reached Arizona that Pancho Villa was on a “rampage” the National Guard was called to the border; Kartchner was called with them. He returned home in September 1916 and at the beginning of 1917 began a job as an assistant forest ranger. He served as company clerk in France in 1918 until his return to the United States in June 1919. After returning home he worked for the U.S. Forest Service again. He married Alice Smith on 5 October 1921 in Salt Lake City, Utah. In December of 1927 he left his job and family to serve in the Mexican mission until December 1929. After his return he continued in the Forest Service until his retirement on 31 May 1956. He died 6 March 1993 in Arizona.
1 carton (1 linear ft.)
1 box (0.5 linear ft.)
Language of Materials
This collection contains a personal history of Lafayette S. Kartchner, written 1975, and 39 journals spanning from 1928-1929, 1956-1991. Topics included in his history: his involvement in fighting at the Mexican border in 1916, his military service in France during World War I, his career as a U.S. Forest Ranger, his mission to the Mexican Mission for the LDS Church, and his family through the years.
Custodial History note
Donated by Felice K. Swain, Kartchner's daughter, in 1993.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note
Donated; Felice K. Swain; 1993.
Utah and the American West (20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 2009, II.B.5.VI).
Processing Information note
Processed; Melissa Cowles, student processor and John Murphy, curator; 2008.
- Register of LaFayette S. Kartchner journals and personal history
- Melissa Cowles, student processor, and John Murphy, curator
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- Finding aid written in English in Latin script.