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James E. Lindsay Jr. Missionary Letters

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Title: James E. Lindsay Jr. Missionary Letters
Dates: 1939-2000 (inclusive)
Collection Number: MS 186
Summary: A collection of correspondence from James E. Lindsay, Jr.
Repository: Stewart Library Special Collections
Address:
Weber State University
2901 University Circle
Ogden UT 84408

Collection Inventory +/-

Box 1: Correspondence
item 1.: Christmas card, to James Jr., from Mrs. Ethel V. Anderson: December 22, 1942
item 2.: Christmas card from Mrs. A. Baker (not addressed to anyone): no date
item 3.: Christmas card, to Elder Lindsay, from Mrs. Brena Baker: no date
item 4.: Postcard, to James Jr., from Winston L. Benson: December 21, 1942
item 5.: Christmas card, to James Jr., from the Bowman Family: December 19, 1942
item 6.: Christmas card, to James Jr., from Marie Browning: December 17, 1942
item 7.: Christmas card, to James Jr., from Sloan and Paula Bryout: December 22, 1942
item 8.: Christmas card, to James Jr., from Elder Glen Calmer: December 19, 1942
item 9.: Letter, to James Jr., from Stan Darger (fellow missionary and fraternity brother): January 24, 1942
item 10.: Letter, to James Jr., from Great Aunt Nettie (Mrs. J. F. Edison): April 23, 1942
item 11.: Letter (no envelope), to Iretta (James Jr.’s mother), from Aunt Nettie (Mrs. J. F. Edison): August 12, 1942
item 12.: Christmas letter and blank card, to James Jr., from Great Aunt Nettie (Mrs. J. F. Edison): December 21, 1942
item 13.: Telegram, to James Jr., from Ruth (Lindsay) Edward (sister) regardingraduation (1939, high school graduation): no date (1939)
item 14.: Birthday card/letter, to James Jr., from his sister, Ruth, the birthday dateon the card is set at March 11th: March 10, 1942
item 15.: Letter (no envelope), to James Jr., from his sister, Ruth: November 1, 1942
item 16.: Christmas card, to James Jr., from his sister, Ruth: December 24, 1942
item 17.: Letter, to James Jr., from Ireta and Lawrence Evans: January 24, 1942
item 18.: Christmas card, to James Jr., from Elder Clyde M. Fife (cousin): December 23, 1942
item 19.: Christmas card, to James Jr., from Aunt Eliza (Great Uncle John Fife’s wife): December 21, 1942
item 20.: Letter (no envelope), to Ruth (James Jr.’s sister), from Aunt Helen (uncle Walter Fife’s wife): November 16, 1942
item 21.: Christmas letter, to James Jr., from Isaac D. Fife (uncle and father of Clyde Fife): December 25, 1942
item 22.: Christmas card, to James Jr., from Randolph W. Fife (uncle): December 11, 1942
item 23.: Letter, to James Jr., from Randy Fife (cousin): March 4, 1942
item 24.: Letter (no envelope), to Iretta, James Sir., and Ruth (James Jr.’s mother, father and sister), from Walter Fife (James Jr.’s uncle): November 17, 1942
item 25.: Christmas card/letter (no envelope), to James Jr., from Will and Dorothy Fife (uncle and aunt): December 18, 1942
item 26.: Christmas card, to James Jr., from Norman R. Fletcher (fellow missionary): December 10, 1942
item 27.: Wedding announcement, to James Jr., regarding Norman R. Fletcher: January 11, 1943
item 28.: Best Wishes card, to James Jr., from Ray Gealta: no date
item 29.: Souvenir postcards of San Antonio TX, to James Jr., from the Gilbert family (Sis. Gilbert): August 10, 1942
item 30.: Letter, to James Jr., from Sis. Gilbert: September 18, 1942
item 31.: Letter, to James Jr., from Sis. Gilbert: November 30, 1942
item 32.: Christmas card, to James Jr., from Gwen (no last name given): December 18, 1942
item 33.: Letter, to James Jr., from Myron Hatch: August 3, 1942
item 34.: Postcard, to James Jr., from Elder Glendon Heaton: October 6, 1942
item 35.: Letter, to James Jr., from Elder Glendon Heaton: October 12, 1942
item 36.: Christmas card, to James Jr., from Elder Glendon Heaton: December 2, 1942
item 37.: Letter (no envelope and on scrap paper), to “Elder,” from Elder Hellewell: no date
item 38.: Christmas card, to Edward C. Lindsay, from Sgt. George Hughes: December 17, 1942
item 39.: Christmas card, to “Elder Lindsay,” from Sgt. George Hughes: December 18, 1942
item 40.: Christmas card, to James Jr., from Helen Ja . . . (last name indecipherable): December 15, 1942
item 41.: Christmas card, to James Jr., form Jack, Iva and Bumpie: December 19, 1942
item 42.: Christmas card, to James Jr., from Joe and Lucile: December 22, 1942
item 43.: Letter, to James Jr., from Mrs. Noel E. Johns: October 11, 1942
item 44.: Christmas card with enclosed letter, to James Jr., from Mrs. Noel E. Johns: December 11, 1942
item 45.: Letter, to James Jr., from Mrs. Noel E. Johns: January 2, 1943
item 46.: Christmas card, to James Jr., from the Larkin family: December 22, 1942
item 47.: Christmas card/letter, to James Jr., from Ezra Lindsay (uncle): December 19, 1942
item 48.: Letter, to James Jr., from James Lindsay Sir. (father): April 23, 1942
item 49.: Letter, to James Jr., from Iretta Lindsay (mother): July 7, 1942
item 50.: Letter, to James Jr., from his father: July 17, 1942
item 51.: Letter, to James Jr., from his mother with note from his father: July 22, 1942
item 52.: Letter, to James Jr., from his mother with newspaper clippings: July 26, 1942
item 53.: Letter, to James Jr., from his mother: August 1, 1942
item 54.: Letter, to James Jr., from his mother and father: August 9, 1942
item 55.: Letter, to James Jr., from his father: August 14, 1942
item 56.: Letter, to James Jr., from his father with note from his mother, enclosed are two letters from Ruth (James Jr.’s sister) to the family and one letter, to “Uncle James and Aunt Iretta,” from Dave and Bernice (James Jr.’s cousins): August 17, 1942
item 57.: Letter, to James Jr., from his father, enclosed is the face of an envelope from James Jr. to his parents: August 18, 1942
item 58.: Letter, to James Jr., from his father and mother, enclosed is a newspaper clipping: August 28, 1942
item 59.: Letter, to James Jr., from his father: September 9, 1942
item 60.: Letter, to James Jr., from his father with note from his mother (letter dated August 15 but written after Verna’s [James Jr.’s sister’s] wedding on September 11), enclosed is a newspaper clipping: September 14, 1942
item 61.: Letter, to James Jr., from his father: September 19, 1942
item 62.: Wedding announcement, to James Jr., from his parents regarding his sister, Verna: September 19, 1942
item 63.: Letter, to James Jr., from his mother: September 27, 1942
item 64.: Letter, to James Jr., from his father: October 5, 1942
item 65.: Letter, to James Jr., from his mother: October 5, 1942
item 66.: Letter, to James Jr., from his mother: October 9, 1942
item 67.: Letter, to James Jr., from his mother, enclosed is a letter, to the family, from Verna (James Jr.’s sister) with a note to James Jr., and a letter, to the family, from Oliver (James Sir.’s brother): October 11, 1942
item 68.: Letter, to James Jr., from his father: October 15, 1942
item 69.: Letter, to James Jr., from his father, enclosed is a letter, to the family, from Verna and Sheldon (James Jr.’s sister and brother- in- law): October 20, 1942
item 70.: Letters forwarded, to James Jr., from his parents, enclosed are three letters, to the family, from his sister Verna (one dated October 17, 1942 with a note from Sheldon, to the family, one dated October 20, 1942 with a note from Sheldon, to the family, and another dated October 23, 1942 with a note, to James Jr., from his mother and a program for the play “The Pirate”) also there is a letter, to “Brother and Sister” (James Sir. And Iretta), from Iretta’s brother, Isaac: October 23, 1942
Box 2: Correspoindence
item 1.: Letter, to James Jr., from his mother, enclosed are newspaper clippings: October 26, 1942
item 2.: Letter, to James Jr., form his mother, enclosed are newspaper clippings: November 2, 1942
item 3.: Letter, to James Jr., from his mother with a note form his father, enclosed is a letter, to the family, from Verna (James Jr.’s sister): November 5, 1942
item 4.: Letter, to James Jr., from his mother, enclosed is a letter, to the family, from his sister Verna and newspaper clippings: November 7, 1942
item 5.: Letter, to the family, from Verna (James Jr.’s sister) with a note to James Jr.: November 10, 1942
item 6.: Letter (no envelope), to James Jr., from his father: November 17, 1942
item 7.: Letter, to James Jr., from his mother: November 19, 1942
item 8.: Letter, to James Jr., form his mother: November 23, 1942
item 9.: Letter, to James Jr., from his mother with a note from his father, enclosed are newspaper clippings and a Relief Society of Mount Ogden Stake pamphlet (dated November 1942): November 30, 1942
item 10.: Letter, to James Jr., from his mother, enclosed is a typing lesson of Ruth’s (James Jr.’s sister), which is not mentioned in the letter: December 3, 1942
item 11.: Letter, to James Jr., from his father with a note from his mother (a blank piece of paper was with the letter): December 7, 1942
item 12.: Letter, to James Jr., from his mother: December 12, 1942
item 13.: Letter, to James Jr., from his mother: December 15, 1942
item 14.: Letter, to James Jr., form his father (a blank piece of paper was with the letter): December 16, 1942
item 15.: Letter, to James Jr., from his father and mother, enclosed is a Christmas card, to Iretta (James Jr.’s mother), from Mr. and Mrs. Leland T. Fife (Iretta’s brother): December 22, 1942
item 16.: Letter, to James Jr., from his mother, enclosed is a letter, to the family, from Verna (James Jr.’s sister) with a note added, to James Jr., from his sister, Ruth: December 26, 1942
item 17.: Letter, to the family, from Vern (James Jr.’s sister) with a note, to James Jr., from his mother: December 26, 1942
item 18.: Christmas card, to James Jr., from his mother, father, sister Ruth, and Jimmie, Mac and Walter (Ruth’s sons, James Jr.’s nephews) and his sister Verna: December 29, 1942
item 19.: Letter, to James Jr., from his mother: January 4, 1943
item 20.: Letter, to James Jr., from his mother, enclosed are two letters, to Mom and Dad, from Verna (James Jr.’s sister): January 8, 1943
item 21.: Christmas card, to James Jr., from Elder L. Ronald Lindsay: December 9, 1942
item 22.: Christmas card, to James Jr., from Leola Mae Little: no date
item 23.: Christmas card, to James Jr., from Marguerite (no last name given): December 21, 1942
item 24.: Christmas card, to James Jr., from Steve, Billie and Thomas Merrill: December 21, 1942
item 25.: Letter, to James Jr., from Sis. Munselle: September 9, 1942
item 26.: Letter, to James Jr., from Sis. Munselle: December 1, 1942
item 27.: Christmas card, to James Jr., from Sis. Munselle: December 22, 1942
item 28.: Letter, to James Jr., from Elder L. Keith Nelson, enclosed is Keith’s missionary/Temple card: March 14, 1942
item 29.: Letter, to James Jr., from Elder L. Keith Nelson: May 22, 1942
item 30.: Letter, to James Jr., from Elder L. Keith Nelson: October 3, 1942
item 31.: Christmas card, to James Jr., from Elder L. Keith Nelson: December 13
item 32.: Christmas card, to James Jr., from Grace N. Nicol: December 17, 1942
item 33.: Christmas card (no envelope), to James Jr., from Bro. and Sis. Joseph F. Nope: no date
item 34.: Wedding invitation, to James Jr., from Mrs. Irene Patella regarding Mary Anna Recore and Lawrence Duffield Weiler: October 21, 1942
item 35.: Christmas card, to James Jr., from Bro. and Sis. Perkins (and Pamela): no date
item 36.: Christmas card, to James Jr., from Jena Lou Plum: December 18, 1942
item 37.: Postcard, to James Jr., from John R. Poulton: April 6, 1942
item 38.: Postcard, to James Jr., from Edna Pugsley: December 2, 1942
item 39.: Christmas card, to James Jr., from Francis E. Rains: December 23, 1942
item 40.: Christmas card, to James Jr., from Croft Smith: December 22, 1942
item 41.: Letter, to James Jr., from Donald G. Stenquist: February 14, 1942
item 42.: Letter, to James Jr., from C. Ray Varley (#555, fraternity brother): April 1, 1942
item 43.: Letter, to James Jr., from “Bro. Secretary” (Ray Varley, #555): May 27, 1942
item 44.: Letter, to James Jr., from Ray Varley (#555): July 18, 1942
item 45.: Postcard, to James Jr. (Edward Lindsay), from Vernie (last name indecipherable): November 24, 1942
item 46.: Postcard, to James Jr., from Sis. Ethel Wilde: February 19, 1942
item 47.: Christmas card, to James Jr., from Sis. Ethel Wilde: December 9, 1942
item 48.: Postcard, to James Jr., from Mrs. Carrie Williams (Vernie’s mother): November 28, 1942
item 49.: Letter, to James Jr., from Verna (Lindsay) Winkler (James Jr.’s sister, signed “Peach”): June 24, 1942
item 50.: Postcard, to James Jr., from his sister Verna: June 26, 1942
item 51.: Postcard, to James Jr., from his sister Verna: June 29, 1942
item 52.: Letter, to James Jr., from his sister Verna with notes from his mother (signed Iretta) and father: July 11, 1942
item 53.: Letter (no envelope), to James Jr., from his sister Verna: August 9, 1942
item 54.: Letter (no envelope), to James Jr. (“Sweety Pie”), from his sister Verna (signed Peaches): August 11, 1942
item 55.: Letter (typed), to James Jr., from his sister Verna with a note from his father, enclosed is a letter, to mother, from Ruth (James Jr.’s sister): September 5, 1942
item 56.: Postcard, to James Jr., from his sister Verna and brother- in- law, Sheldon, on their honeymoon: September 14, 1942
item 57.: Postcard, to James Jr., from his sister Verna and Sheldon (Mr. and Mrs. S. W. W., written by Sheldon): September 15, 1942
item 58.: Postcard, to James Jr., form his sister Verna and Sheldon (written by Sheldon): September 24, 1942
item 59.: Letter (no envelope), to mother, from Verna (James Jr.’s sister) with note from Sheldon: September 26, 1942
item 60.: Postcard, to James Jr., from his sister Verna (Peachy): September 28, 1942
item 61.: Letter, to mother and father, from Verna (James Jr.’s sister) with a note from Sheldon: October 2, 1942
item 62.: Letter, to James Jr., from his sister Verna, enclosed is a second letter, to James Jr., from his sister Verna dated October 16, 1942: October 27, 1942
item 63.: Letter, to James Jr., from his sister Verna: November 1, 1942
item 64.: Letter (no envelope), to mother, from Verna (James Jr.’s sister): November 14, 1942
item 65.: Letter, to James Jr., from his sister Verna (Peachy): November 21, 1942
item 66.: Letter, to James Jr., from his sister Verna: December 1, 1942
item 67.: Letter (no envelope), to the family, from Verna (James Jr.’s sister): December 9, 1942
item 68.: Letter, to James Jr., from his sister Verna: December 14, 1942
item 69.: Letter, to the family, from Verna (James Jr.’s sister): December 27, 1942
item 70.: Postcard, to James Jr., sender unknown: September 14, 1942
Box 3: Correspondence
item 1.: Autobiography of James E. Lindsay Jr.: Last entry date, August 23, 2000
item 2.: Christmas gift tag to “Elder Lindsay” (not stated who gave it to him): no date
item 3.: Cunard White Star Baggage Insurance agreement/policy: February 3, 1942
item 4.: Cunard White Star Baggage Insurance pamphlet: no date
item 5.: Drawing of Donald Duck: no date
item 6.: Drawing of a woman’s face: no date
item 7.: James E. Lindsay Jr.’s High School Diploma with cover: June 1, 1939
item 8.: James E. Lindsay Jr.’s High School Graduation program: June 1, 1939
item 9.: IRTC “I am a Doughboy” booklet: June 23, 1944
item 10.: Miscellaneous “U of U” towel tag: no date
item 11.: Miscellaneous watch chain: no date
item 12.: Missionary Photograph, James Jr. in 4th row: February 24, 1942
item 13.: Missionary Salt Lake Temple card: no date
item 14.: Missionary Schedule (before his actual mission): January 26, 1942 – February 4, 1942
item 15.: Missionary Scripture notes: no date
item 16.: Missionary “Some Suggestions for LDS Missionaries” pamphlet: no date
item 17.: Missionary song lyrics: no date
item 18.: Missionary Time Book of James Jr.: February 7, 1942
item 19.: News clipping from magazine, regarding Mormon art: no date
item 20.: News clipping from newspaper, cartoon regarding army: May 26, 1942
item 21.: News clipping from newspaper, regarding Beta Theta Pi (James Jr.’s fraternity): November 8, 1942
item 22.: News clipping from newspaper, regarding Mormon art: no date
item 23.: News clipping from newspaper, photograph (no label): no date
item 24.: Newsletter from Navy, addressed to Mrs. Laura Frager Davis (envelope dated May 15, 1942): December 29, 1941
item 25.: Railroad certificates/passes: 1942
item 26.: Un-addressed envelope to James E. Lindsay Jr. from Ogden UT: December 22, 1942
item 27.: Unopened envelope to James E. Lindsay Jr. from Cleburne TX: December 22, 1942
item 28.: Unused postcard picturing the Mormon Welfare building: no date
Box 3: Addendum added May 2004 by Elsa Lindsay
item 29.: Bank Books- First Security Bank: 1945-1946
item 30.: Boy Scouts of America (Application and Morse Code)
item 31.: Christmas Cards
item 32.: Correspondence from Beth Engle to Lindsays: 1963
item 33.: Correspondence from nephew Jim to Lindsays: 1960
item 34.: Correspondence from Elsa to Jim
item 35.: Correspondence from Rio Hondo 1st Grade to Dr. Lindsay
item 36.: Delta Phi Fraternity
item 37.: Hewlett, Lester- Mormon Tabernacle Choir Card
item 38.: Identification Card: 12-20-44
item 39.: Missionary Home Card
item 40.: Program- Kiwanis Club of Lynwood: December 15, 1963
item 41.: Receipts
item 42.: Veterans Administration
item 43.: Lindsay Family Photographs
item 44.: James Lindsay Obituary and Funeral
item 45.: Autobiography of James Edward Lindsay, Jr. (2nd copy)
item 46.: Lindsay Pedigree Charts

Biographical Note/Historical Note +/-

James E. Lindsay, Jr. was born in Ogden, Utah on 11 March 1921. He was the youngest of three children and the only son of James E. Lindsay, Sir. and Iretta Elizabeth (Fife). James had two older sisters, Ruth, who was 8 years older than him and Verna, who was 23 months older. His family briefly lived in New Orleans, Louisiana where he started his schooling. By the third grade he was back in Ogden and graduated from Ogden High in 1939. He then attended Weber College (on 25 th and Adams) for one year. James transferred to University of Utah for a degree in Zoology. While at the University of Utah he was pledged to the Beta Theta Pi fraternity, his number was "579." In the summer of 1941, James Jr. went to Los Angeles to work. He ended up staying there for the Fall. On 28 January 1942, he was called on the Houston-Louisiana mission. He received his endowments on 2 February and left for the field on 4 February, arriving in Houston, Texas on the seventh. James spent six months in Houston. The rest of his mission was spent in various places in Louisiana. While on his mission, his sister, Ruth, received a divorce from her husband, Colin Edwards, and returned home, with her three sons, to live with her parents. Verna was married to Sheldon Winkler on 11 October 1942. James returned from his mission in the Spring of 1944. A few weeks after his arrival, on 13 April 1944, he received a call from the Navy Department stating that Verna and her husband, Sheldon (who was in the Navy), had been run over and killed by a drunken soldier in Wickford, Rhode Island, where they had just moved. Because of his sister's death the government granted him a few months before he would be required to sign up in the army. During that summer he met, dated and became engaged to Elsa Romane McKell. Upon finishing his basic training he was granted a 30 day furlough, during which, he married Elsa on 31 October 1944. After his wedding he was reassigned to Camp Swift, Texas, where he remained until he was discharged on 20 December 1944. Having served in the army, James returned to the University of Utah. Shortly after he transferred to Utah State, where they offered classes that would qualify him for dentist school. After receiving his Bachelors degree, he went to University of Southern California in Los Angeles to receive his degree in dentistry. Elsa had remained in Utah because of her pregnancy. Their first child was born on 27 October 1946. He was named Steven but since James Jr.'s mother demanded it be spelled Stephen, they renamed him, James Edward Lindsay III, within 24 hours of his birth. Elsa and James III joined James Jr. in Los Angeles two months after James' was born. Julia Lindsay was born on 15 February 1950, during James' senior year of dentist school. After graduation he decided to set up practice in Los Angeles. He worked for another dentist for a couple of years and then worked for himself. He kept his practice for 25 years, moving a number of times but only within the Los Angeles area. Patrice Lindsay was born on 26 August 1952, Annette Lindsay was born on 15 August 1954, Lisa Lindsay was born on 18 August 1957, and Verna Lindsay was born in 1960. After Verna was born James Jr.'s mother died. Iretta passed away on 13 December 1960 in New Orleans, while visiting her brother, Walter. James Sir. had previously had a stroke and needed care after Iretta's death. He lived with James Jr. and Elsa for awhile and then went back to Utah to live with Ruth. Ruth put him in a nursing home, where he later died on 6 December 1964. James III married Marlene, Julia married Wayne Belleau, Patrice married Tim Barrett, Annette married Spencer Call, Lisa married Bruce Newbold, and Verna married Dan Turner. All the children, except James III, eventually moved back to Utah, as did James Jr. and Elsa, after they had retired. In his last years James Jr. had a number of medical problems. He spent most of his time recording his family's genealogy as well as Elsa's. He also transcribed Elsa's mother, Romania's, missionary diary and the letters she sent home to her family while on her mission in New England in the early 20 th century. James Edward Lindsay, Jr. died on 10 September 2000, at age 79. Elsa survived him.

Content Description +/-

A collection of correspondence from James E. Lindsay, Jr.

Collection Use +/-

Restrictions on Access:

Open to public research.

Administrative Information +/-

Arrangement:

This collection is arrranged by subject group.

Acquisition Information:

Gift

Processing Note:

This collection was processed by a Special Collections processor.

Creator:

Lindsay, James E. Jr.

Language:

Collection materials are in English.

Sponsor:

Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Quantity:

3 boxes

Language of the Finding Aid:

Finding guide is in English in Latin script.

Author of the Finding Aid:

Sarah Langsdon

EAD Creation Date:

2011

Standard:

Finding aid based on DACS (Describing Archives: A Content Standard).

Subjects +/-

Subject Terms:

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--Missionaries

Personal Names:

Lindsay, James

Geographical Names:

Ogden, Utah

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