David Chesley Barton

March 27, 1885 - May 6, 1967



In memory of David Chesley Barton who was born in Greenville, Beaver County, Utah on March 27, 1885. He was the 4th child of John Hunter and Eliza Jane Morgan Barton. His brothers and sisters were Eva Jane Barton (1879 - 1957), Ray Hunter (1881 - 1905), John Penn (1883 - 1906), Nina Esther (1887 - 1905), Ezra Cooper (1894 - 1912), and Kenneth Asa (1899 - 1992).

He married Jessie Stoddard on January 24, 1906 in Milford, Beaver County, Utah. She was daughter of Abel Morgan Stoddard and Elizabeth Jane Blackner) and was born on May 7, 1888 in Milford, Beaver County, Utah. David and Jessie had three children, Mildred Irene, Lucille, and Douglas Chesley. Jessie died on September 13, 1929 in Beaver, Beaver County, Utah. David married his second wife, Dorthy Regina Reid on November 22, 1930 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Regina was born on August 22, 1892 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah and died on December 5, 1970 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah. She was the daughter of William Newman Reid and Charlotte Johnson. They had 1 child, David Reid Barton. David Reid had 3 children, Nathan "Nate" David, Suzanne and Kathryn.

David Chesley Barton died on May 6, 1967 in Provo, Utah County, Utah

The following was written by DAVID CHESLEY BARTON

Born March 27, 1885 in a log house with only 2 large rooms, located on a farm about two miles southwest from the town of Greenville, Beaver County, Utah.

Son of John Hunter Barton and Eliza Jane Morgan Barton. Grandfather was William Barton. Grandmother was Sarah Esther West Barton.

Grandfather and Grandmother lived in a log house for many years in Parowan, Utah. They moved to Beaver, Utah in 1860. Grandfather was a Miller by trade and he constructed a gristmill in the mouth of Beaver Canyon. This mill was operated for a few years at which time the Federal Government established Fort Cameron on part of his land and Grandfather was forced to move to a new location farther west, about 7 miles, which was operated for many years. This mill was southwest and across the Beaver River from the town of Greenville. Six homes were built there by Grandfather: one for him and his second wife Mary; one for Grandma Esther; and his sons Alma, Daniel, John H., Stephen and Hugh J. each built homes for themselves. Uncle Jack lived with his mother, Esther, until her death. She was buried in Greenville, Utah. Many years before the death of Grandmother, Grandfather moved to Paragonah, Utah, and took his second wife, Mary, and their children Sophronia, Mary Ann, Julia, Amy and son Hampton with him. A home and farm were developed there. He made some trips to visit Grandmother and family but there was friction and visits became fewer as the years went by. I can remember him as only a visitor. Grandfather died in Paragonah, Utah in 1902. He was about 6 feet 1 inches tall and very active until a very old man.

Grandfather also owned at one time a farm in Beaver County before moving to Greenville. In Greenville he constructed a flour (grist) mill which was of very good construction. It remained in good condition for years after it was abandoned along with a small part of the machinery and fixtures. We played in the mill for years after it closed. His home near the mill at Greenville is occupied but the dwelling that Grandmother used is gone. Homes like owners disappear.

I attended school in Greenville for about 4 years. At the time we had to walk about two miles. All classes were held in one room which was used for all public affairs, dances, church, Sunday School and all celebrations.

In the fall of 1896 my father John H. Barton, was elected Sheriff of Beaver County and in that year we moved to Beaver. We rented a two story brick dwelling located one block south and one block east of the County Courthouse and about six blocks from a school building. The first school, which I attended in Beaver is located in the north end of the town and on the main highway. It is constructed of rock quarried from the hills east of town and is used at the present time. Willard Hansen was my teacher for at least two years at this school (7th and 8th grade). We walked to and from school twice each day and had to work at home during a part of the noon hour, taking care of the cows and horses. I also attended Murdock Academy, which was a branch of the Brigham Young College. After college I worked for J. T. Tanner in Milford, Utah, as a butcher and a grocery clerk. I learned how to cut and sell the meat to the individual customer and wholesale to hotels and restaurants. It was here that I met Mary Irene Stoddard. We were married January 24, 1906, at the home of her mother in Milford, Utah by Charles C. Kizer, Justice of the Peace. My father and mother accompanied me to Milford for the event. We all then returned to Beaver the next day where I was employed as Assistant Cashier of the State Bank of Beaver County. I continued to work here until a branch bank was established in Milford and I then returned to Milford in charge of the Branch. This branch was converted into an independent bank with J. D. McAuley of Milford as President, Edwin Sawyer, Vice President, and myself as Cashier. We established a home in Milford and the following children were born: Mildred Irene, June 10, 1907, Lucille, December 26, 1908, Douglas Chesley, January 26, 1911

We moved to Salt Lake City in June 1918 near Center Street in a small apartment. I obtained employment at the Continental Bank as teller and in charge of the central vault, which was the workhorse of the bank. The bank was without experienced help and the hours were long and tiresome – many times taking the midnight car home from work after starting before 8:30 am.

We purchased a home at 633 Wilson Avenue and lived there until I accepted a job as Cashier of the 1st National Bank in Payette, Idaho, which is 60 miles north of Boise. This bank was not in good condition and had many problem loans. After two years of work, with long hours and after conditions began to change, part of the controlling stock was sold and new management took control and I resigned knowing that I could not control the management. This institution was in very bad condition when I took charge and would have failed if policies had not been changed. But my efforts were of no use to me and I returned to Salt Lake City and again worked for the Continental National Bank. I worked there until I was appointed a state bank examiner on April 1, 1929, by Governor George H. Dern. My wife Irene accompanied me on an examining trip to the Beaver, Milford area in the fall of 1929. There was an area in the middle part of the state where Irene’s hay fever or asthma would flare up. It did just that on this trip and she was unable to overcome this affliction and she passed away on September 13, 1929 in Beaver, Utah.

On November 12, 1930, I married Dorothy Regina Reid at her home in Salt Lake City. The marriage was performed by Bishop Samuel F. Nicholls.

I continued as an examiner until February of 1932, when I was appointed as an examiner of the Deseret Saving Bank of Salt Lake City with a salary of $450.00 per month. Desert Savings Bank and the Deseret National Bank occupied the same banking room and the National Bank owned the majority of stock in the bank building. The stock of the National Bank was sold to the First Security Bank in Ogden, Utah, and they forced the Deseret Savings Bank out of its quarters. With no banking quarters and poor management, Deseret Savings Bank was forced to close on February 13, 1932. I was appointed examiner in charge of liquidation February 15, 1932, by W. H. Hadlock, Commissioner and with the approval of Governor Dern. The liquidation of the assets was completed in approximately 10 months. Deposits were paid 60.5%of total claim by me as receiver of the bank. The First Security Corp. became the liquidating company for the creditors and I was retained to continue liquidation. After the liquidation was completed, in March 1934, I became an Examiner for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. I worked for a few months in Salt Lake and then was transferred to the San Francisco District. This area covered California, Oregon and Washington. We lived and worked there until July 1935 when we transferred back to Salt Lake. This area covered Utah and southern Idaho. This was a very fine position and it was interesting work but it meant much travel away from home. On July 17, 1936, David was born and I decided to resign. I was once again appointed a state examiner by Commissioner Rulon F. Starley. I have examined all the State banks as well as many Building & Loan Associations and Small Loan Companies during my career. It meant traveling throughout the state of Utah during several weeks of the year but I was home every weekend. ***

****I am David Barton, son of David Chesley and Dorothy Regina Reid Barton. I will complete the history of Chesley Barton. Dad was 51 years old and Mom was 1 month shy of 44 when I was born. We lived at 629 East 2100 South. Dad kept the house at 633 Wilson and rented it out.

Dad was a baptized member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints but was not an active member. As a young man, he was too busy playing baseball on Sunday for the town of Milford. However, after Dad married Mom he would accompany her to church regularly. The High Priests were studying Church history. Dad had studied Church History at the Murdock Academy so when Bishop Lon W. Reese asked Dad to be the instructor of the High Priest Quorum, though surprised, he accepted the invitation but reminded the Bishop he didn’t hold any Priesthood. Bishop Reese said, “We’ll take care of that” and they conferred the Priesthood on Dad and ordained him a High Priest at the same time. He taught the class in the Wells Ward for a number of years and was an active member the rest of his life. On July 1, 1942, Dad, Mom and I were Sealed in the Salt Lake Temple and Mom was sealed to Dad as proxy for Irene.

In December l945, Dad sold both houses (Wilson & 21st South) and bought the home at 1912 Blaine Avenue.

Dad was very active. He enjoyed yard work and he loved roses. He planted roses all down the long driveway and had a garden of roses between the house and garage. He loved baseball and we went to a lot of games. He played catch with me for years.

In the winter of about 1956, Dad was on a ladder pulling snow from the front of the house when the ladder slipped causing Dad to fall and hit his head on the sidewalk. That was the beginning of his declining health. It was diagnosed as “hardening of the arteries” in his head. His memory gradually got worse and he finally had to retire from work in May of 1957. Dad lived about 10 years with that issue and finally passed away May 28, 1967 from pneumonia. He is buried in Wasatch Lawns Memorial Park in Salt Lake City, Utah.

I am the resurrection and the Life, Saith the Lord:
He that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.

I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:
and though his body be destroyed, yet shall I see GOD:
whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not as a stranger.

We brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
The LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD. AMEN

David's wife, Irene Stoddard


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