Lower power plant

Lower Power Plant

Clark L & Asenath (Jean) Amellia Avery Tolton

Clark was born August 11, 1917, in Beaver, UT to Walter LaChaise and LaRetta Skinner Tolton (q.v.).  He married Ellen Wheeler June 8, 1940, in Manti, UT.  Ellen was born October 7, 1920, in Park City, UT to George and Myrtle Jolley Wheeler.  They made their home in Provo.  Clark was drafted into the Army March 4, 1943, and was promoted to 2nd Lt. November 20, 1944. He was sent overseas (apparently to England) in the Air Force 384th Bomb Group, 544th Bomb Squadron, on March 25, 1945, piloting B-17’s and returned to the states June 20. Ellen was living in California and died in Los Angeles April 17, 1945, while he was away.  Clark was discharged October 14, 1945.

On June 4, 1946, he married Asenath Amellia Avery in Sanpete County Utah.   She was born December 9, 1917, in Kanosh, UT to John Andy and Ethella Foster Avery.  She had married Marcus Eugene Martin in Florence, AZ in 1936.   They had a daughter in 1938, Claudine Antoinette, who died at 2 months and they were divorced in 1939.

Clark and Asenath made their home in Utah County and were in Highland in the 1950 census, living at the Lower Power Plant in A. F. Canyon (Number 71 on the 1958 Highland map).  His father had just passed away and Clark was an operator at the plant with Elvernon Ferguson as Plant Foreman.  They had two children: Richard C and Tony A.  They were sealed in the LDS Temple October 26, 1974.   Clark worked for Utah Power & Light for more than forty years.

Asenath died June 25, 2004 in American Fork, Clark followed on April 5, 2013, age 95, and they are buried in the American Fork City Cemetery. 

Walter LaChaise & LaRetta 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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