MA 65


1879-2002, undated


2.42 linear feet (1 document case, 1 oversize box)


Collection consists of historical documents relating to the Hawley-Lothrop Families and William Walters.

These materials belonged to Jean Walters Lothrop, who was the daughter of William H. and Grace (Durland) Walters, and the wife of Eugene H. Lothrop.

Historical Note

Wilma (Jean) Walters Lothrop was born July 19, 1919 in Brookings, South Dakota to William Hayes and Grace (Durland) Walters. Jean Walters graduated from Brookings High School in 1937, from South Dakota State College in 1941, and from Denver University with a Masters in Library Science. She also attended the University of Minnesota. In 1941-1942, she taught home economics and science at Langford, South Dakota, High School. On December 20, 1942 she married Eugene “Gene” Henry Lothrop of Huron, South Dakota. She was a librarian. They had two daughters Helen and Martha; and one son Robert. Jean died November 20, 2013 in Prescott, Arizona.

Eugene “Gene” Lothrop was born in Redfield, SD, on August 16, 1920. Gene graduated from Huron High School in 1938 and went on to study electrical engineering at South Dakota State College, graduating in 1942. On December 20, 1942, he married Wilma (Jean) Walters. Gene was the foreman at Lothrop’s Electrical Service owned by Elmer M. Lothrop. Gene died on April 15, 2014 in Prescott, Arizona.

William Hayes Walters was born December 8, 1877 in Laverne, Minnesota to Solomon and Mathilda Walters. He attended school in Bruce, South Dakota and graduated from South Dakota Agricultural College in 1897. William married Grace Jennie Durland in 1904. They had seven children; Maxine, Robert, Leslie, Hubert, Helen, Curtis, and Wilma. William was a self-employed real estate agent in Brookings, South Dakota. William died March 18, 1962. Grace died on March 3, 1978.

Lucille Helen Lothrop was born May 2, 1916 in Redfield, South Dakota to Elmer and Allie Lothrop, She graduated from Redfield High School in 1937. She died on July 20, 1937.

Content Notes

Collection consists of historical documents relating to the Hawley-Lothrop Families and William Walters. The collection documents the families during the late nineteenth to the mid twentieth centuries. The collection includes scrapbooks and photo albums. Of interest are the materials relating to William H. Walters' time at South Dakota State.

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Copyright restrictions apply in different ways to different materials. Many of the documents and other historical materials in the Archives are in the public domain and may be reproduced and used in any way. There are other materials in the Archive carrying a copyright interest and must be used according to the provisions of Title 17 of the U.S. Code. The Archive issues a warning concerning copyright restrictions to every researcher who requests copies of documents. Although the copyright law is under constant redefinition in the courts, it is ultimately the responsibility of the researcher to properly use copyrighted material.