Clarence W. Poulton


Clarence William Poulton (1879 - 1962)

I, Clarence William Poulton, was born on Feb. 22, 1879 in Salt Lake City, Utah, to James Harris Poulton and Sarah Ann Pardoe Poulton. I was the second of eight children. My parents emigrated from England to the United States and settled in the old 6th Ward in Salt Lake City, where I was born and spent about seventy years of my life. I married Annie Watson, also a member of the 6th Ward, November 6, 1901, in the Salt Lake Temple. John R. Winder performed the ceremony. We were blessed with a son and three lovely daughters, a family any father could be proud of.

My education was limited, ending when I graduated from the eighth grade in June, 1896. That same month I started to work for Auerbach Dry Goods Co. at $15 per month, and continued with them until December, 1901, when I went to work for ZCMI, and worked with them until September, 1952. I shall never forget my first trip as a traveling salesman. I left Salt Lake on April 18, 1906, the morning of the San Francisco earthquake and fire, and went as far as Caliente, Nevada. This trip I made by train which comfort I did not enjoy on later trips into other parts of the country. I was one of the first salesman to go out to Vernal and the Unita Basin, which territory had just been opened for settlement. You can imagine the hotel accommodations. They were worse than the bunks in the County Jail. This trip was made by train from Salt Lake City on the D&RG Western to Price, and in a white top from there which took three days driving to Vernal. The trip from Salt Lake to Vernal can now be made in four hours. I was always glad and happy to get back from these trips. The next territory assigned me was to Soda Springs and Montpelier, Idaho, which was also made by team (of horses). Leaving Montpelier I would drive for ten days and finally arrive at Evanston, Wyoming. After four years I was transferred to Cache Valley which territory I covered for about thirty years. Due to a difference with the sales manager I left ZCMI in 1932. He later lost his job and I was glad to go back and was assigned to the Idaho Territory. I greatly enjoyed working this part of the country. The customers were very fine people, and I traveled as far north as West Yellowstone, Montana, and to Hailey, Idaho, which is the gateway to Sun Valley. By this time my family had grown to four and it was a pleasure to take the wife and family on some of these trips.

I came from a family of singers. I, with my brothers and sisters, was noted for singing in a group. One of our favorite numbers was the "Lillies". I sang in the Tabernacle Choir under the directions of Evan Stevens from 1897 to 1904. When the old Salt Lake Stake was divided in the Spring of 1904, I was called to serve as Sunday School Stake Chorister in the new Pioneer Stake. I served in this position for over two years when my work took me away from home so much it was necessary to be released. I also served as ward chorister in the old 6th Ward for a number of years.

In February, 1948, my wife and I left on a trip to visit our daughters in California. One lived in Milford (Blanche Varley) in the northern part of California, and the other in Los Angeles. We went to Milford first, and while there we went to Reno, Nevada to spend the day. While there my wife was stricken and passed away in a few hours. This ended the trip. The date was February 16, 1948.

I have nine grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren. The first great grandchild was born in Los Angeles a few days before my wife passed away.

On April 17, 1949, I married Serilla Holst of Brigham City in the Salt Lake Temple. Benjamin Bowring performed the ceremony.

NOTES: C. W. Poulton's children: Norma Margaret Poulton Peterson, b. 24 July 1902; Clarence Poulton, b. 29 July 1904; Agnes Mabel Poulton Woodbury, b. 15 March 1909; and Blanche Adelle Poulton Varley, b. 21 March 1914.
Clarence Poulton died on February 19, 1962 and is buried in Salt Lake City.

Poulton Family, May 12, 1944

L-R: Russell Poulton, Agnes Poulton Woodbury, Annie Watson Poulton, Clarence William Poulton, Norma Poulton Peterson, Blanche Poulton Varley.