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Pectol, Ephraim Portman, 1875-1947


Biographical History

Ephraim Portman Pectol (1875-1947) was a storekeeper in Utah, and helped establish Capital Reef as a National Park.

Ephraim Portman Pectol was born in Glenwood, Utah, on May 16, 1875, to George Peter Pectol and Annine Conradine Peterson. He married Dorothy D. Hickman on June 21, 1899 in Manti, Utah. From 1906 to 1908, he served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in New Zealand. After he returned from missionary service, the Pectols sold their farm and opened up a general store called The Wayne Umpire in 1910. In 1925, Pectol was instrumental in making Capital Reef a Utah State Park, and it eventually became a National Park in 1972. Pectol died October 8, 1947, in Elsinore, Utah.

Find A Grave, 19 April 2012: Ephraim Portman Pectol (b. 16 May 1875 to George Peter Pectol and Annina Conradine Peterson; m. Dorothy D. Hickman on 21 June 1899; mission to New Zealand 1906-1908; opened The Wayne Umpire in 1910; instrumental in making Capitol Reef a state park; d. 6 Oct 1947).

Family Search, via WWW, accessed June 19, 2019; (married Dorothy D. Hickman in Manti, Utah).

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Ephraim Portman Pectol papers

Identifier: MSS 7996
Scope and Contents Contains Pectol family papers, letters, journals, photographs, and ledgers; documents, letters, photographs, brochures, histories documenting the creation and preservation of Capitol Reef National Park; and receipts and letters relating to The Wayne Umpire, a store in Wayne County. Also contains a View-Master and fourteen slides. The slides include photographs detailing a family trip to Capital Reef National Park, and family activites done there, such as hiking and swimming. Also contains...
Dates: 1838-1998