ELDEN B. SOUTHAM PAPERS
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE
The collection spans 1930-1976. Letters written by Elden Southam to his wife, Betty, during World War II comprise the bulk of the material with limited pre-war correspondence and memorabilia completing the collection.
Letters written by Elden Southam to his wife, Betty, during World War II comprise the bulk of the series. Limited pre-war correspondence is also included.
The series contains limited memorabilia belonging to Elden Southam and to his wife, Betty. Elden Southam's memorabilia includes primarily certificates and souvenirs related to his military service and his post-war skiing. Betty Southam's memorabilia includes numerous greeting cards, her high school diploma and a work-related certificate.
Language of Materials
Materials are in English.
The collection is open for research.
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Elden B. Southam was born September 15, 1917 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Afton Jane Livingston and Edward Bernard Southam. On February 23, 1937, Southam married his high school sweetheart, Ruth Elizabeth Deakin "Betty" Davis. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The couple had three sons. Southam enlisted in the Army August 6, 1943 at Salt Lake City, Utah. At the time of his enlistment, he had completed three years of high school and he was working as a mechanic. He joined the 10th Mountain Division at Camp Hale, Colorado, where he was assigned to the 85th Infantry Regiment, Company B. He remained with this company throughout World War II. Later, Southam served at Camp Swift, Texas and in Italy. Southam was wounded in action February 20, 1945, during the battle for Monte Gorgolesco.
Southam retired from Mountain Bell after 27 years as a salesman for the Yellow Pages Division in the states of Utah and Idaho. He served as a high priest, elder and home teacher in the Morningside 5th LDS Ward, St. George, Utah. He was a fisherman and golfer. As an avid skier, he dedicated 25 years to the Park City Ski Patrol. Southam passed away June 26, 1997 in St. George, Utah at the age of 79.
His wife, Ruth E. "Betty" (Davis) Southam, was born March 30, 1918 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Ruth Elizabeth and Joe Deakin Davis. Ruth, also known as Betty, worked for many years as a secretary for AT & T Phone Company. She later worked for the Salt Lake Health Department, from which she retired in 1985. She died May 3, 2002.
Other Finding Aids
Gift, Betty Southam (wife), donated the papers in this collection to the Denver Public Library August 2, 2000.
Number of Boxes: 1 (.5 linear feet)
- Letters. Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- National Association of the 10th Mountain Division, Inc. -- Archival resources.
- Ski troops. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Soldiers -- United States -- Correspondence. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Southam, Elden B. -- 1917-1997 -- Archives.
- United States. -- Army. -- Mountain Division, 10th ǂx Archival resources.
- United States. -- Army. -- Mountain Infantry Regiment, 85th -- Archival resources.
- ELDEN B. SOUTHAM PAPERS
- JANUARY 2012
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