Lower power plant

Lower Power Plant

Walter LaChaise & Loretta Skinner Tolton

Walter was another Utah Power and Light Plant Operator who lived at the mouth of American Fork Canyon (Number 68). He was born May 18, 1891, in Beaver, Utah Territory to Walter Smith and Emily Elizabeth Bohn Tolton. Retta, as she was called, was born August 21, 1889, in Beaver to James Horace and Ellen Cartwright Skinner. They were married December 26, 1911, in Beaver and they had two sons: Shirley W and Clark L. In 1920 they were living at the Beaver River Power Company Plant in the Fillmore National Forest. In 1930 they were in Orem and by 1935 and 1940 in Highland.

Their son, Clark served in WWII in the Army Air Corp. from November 20, 1944, to October 21, 1945, as a B-17 pilot and spent about three months overseas in 1945. He also was a power plant operator for Utah Power and Light for more than forty years.

Walter died April 16, 1950, in American Fork and Retta died January 27, 1969, in Orem and they are buried in the Provo City Cemetery.

Source: HIGHLAND HISTORY: A compilation by Charles T Greenland II for the Highland Historical Society

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