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Tolton, Walter S., 1864-1950



  • Existence: 1864 - 1950

Biographical History

Walter S. Tolton (1864-1950) was stockman and local politician in Utah.

Walter Smith Tolton was born on February 7, 1864 in Ephraim, Utah to Edward H. Tolton and Mary Ann Tomlinson. The family relocated to Beaver, Utah which Tolton was young. Raised a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he served a mission for the Church to the Southern States between 1896 and 1898. He married Emma Elizabeth Bohn in 1890, and they had six children.

After his return, Tolton attended Brigham Young Academy. He was selected to participate in the institution's South American Expedition in 1900 under president Benjamin Cluff Jr.

In 1903 he returned to Beaver, where he became a leader in the community. He worked as superintendent of Utah Sulphur Industries between 1903 and 1907, and then became a stockman in the region. He also participated in local politics, serving on the city council and as justice of the peace.

After the death of his wife, Tolton remarried in 1939 to Amelia Bettridge. He passed away in Beaver, Utah on May 11, 1950.

Diary excerpt of the South American Scientific Expedition of the Brigham Young Academy, 1900?: t.p. (Walter S. Tolton)

UPB files, 6/5/95 (Tolton, Walter S., 1864-1950)

Familysearch, via WWW, Nov. 6, 2020 (Walter Smith Tolton, Walter S. Tolton; b. Feb. 7, 1864 in Ephraim, Utah; parents: Edward H. Tolton and Mary Ann Tomlinson; moved to Beaver, Utah at an early age; baptised member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1873; m. July 4, 1890 in Beaver, Utah to Emma Elizabeth Bohn, six children; served a mission for Church to Southern States, 1896-1898; attended Brigham Young Academy, participating in the South American Expedition; superintendent of Utah Sulphur Industries, 1903-1907; stockman; member of Beaver City Council, 1919-1927; also served as city justice and justice of the peace; m. Aug. 29, 1939 in St. George, Utah to Amelia Bettridge; d. May 11, 1950 in Beaver, Utah)

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Diary excerpt of the South American scientific expedition of the Brigham Young Academy

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: UA 368
Scope and Contents

Contains a typescript of journal (86 pages) of the Brigham Young Academy South American Expedition and correspondence concerning the Tolton family genealogy.

Dates: 1900-1902

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