95. Walton, James Alfred

born:  11 June 1890 Afton, Lincoln, Wyoming
died:  14 August 1923, Frontier, Lincoln, Wyoming
buried:  *Afton, Lincoln, Wyoming
father:  James Booth Walton
mother:  Letitia Arnall
married:  19 February 1918
wife:  Ella Vietta Bruce
James Alfred Walton (photo courtesy of  Susan K.)

Obituary in Afton, Wyoming Newspaper, courtesy of  Susan K:


JAMES A. WALTON VICTIM OF EXPLOSION

LOCAL MAN WAS KILLED IN THE TERRIBLE MINE DISASTER AT FRONTIER, WYO.

            The news of the death of Alfred Walton came as a shock to the people of Afton Wednesday morning when it was learned that he had been killed in the mine explosion at Frontier.
            James Alfred Walton was the son of James Walton and Letitia Arnold Walton, he was born in Afton, Wyo. June 11th 1890, was thirty-three years old.  On February 19, 1917 he was married to Miss Vietta Bruce of Smoot, daughter of James and Annie Bruce.
            Alf has lived in the valley until the past three years.
            He was floor manager of the dance hall owned by J.H. Call for five years and floor manager of the Welch mail coach for Hale Bros. for some time and then drove the stage to Montpelier for a number of years, in 1920 he moved to Montpelier where he lived for two years, still continuing to drive the stage from Montpelier to Afton.
            All then moved to Kemmerer and went to work in the mines, where he was killed in the explosion of August 14.  It being only a day or two since he had started to work underground.
            He left a wife and three children, Juanita age 4, Wayne Alfred age 2 and Elwood Donald 1 year old he also leaved (sic) two sister (sic), Mrs. Seth Nield and Mrs. Letty Parsons.
            Bob Bruce, brother of Mrs. Walton will bring the body from Kemmerer to Cokeville where he will be met by Seth Nield who will bring the body to Afton, to his old home.
            The funeral arrangements will be made when Mrs. Walton arrived (sic) in the valley.
            He was a devoted husband and a kind and indulgent father, to his sisters a tender brother.


Sources:
US Federal Census 1900, 1910, 1920
FamilySearch
Findagrave.com
Western States Marriage Index
Obituary-courtesy of  Susan K.
Photo-courtesy of  Susan K.
*(Register of funerals from Kemmerer Cemetery and the Kemmerer Republican (24 Aug. 1923) states that Mr. Walton's burial is in Cokeville, but FamilySearch and Findagrave.com state that his burial is in Afton.  There is a headstone located in Afton.  A family member contacted me and states that: "He was transported by the company to Cokeville and then transported to Afton, Wyoming by HS Nield and Seth B. Nield.  Seth B. was a brother-in-law to Alfred." personal email to jrobertslott dated 31 Aug 2014.  Obituary also states he is buried in Afton.)

No comments:

Post a Comment