Held by The Filson Historical Society
Creator: Walton, Julia Jones, 1906-
Title: Papers, 1924-1952
Rights: For information regarding literary and copyright interest for these papers, contact the Collections Department.
Size of Collection: 0.33 cubic feet
Location Number: Mss. A W241
Scope and Content Note
Collection spans 1924-1952 and is contained in six folders in one box. Correspondence from 1942-1943 is most significant. April 1942 letters are from Julia Jones Walton to her husband, Russell T. Walton, who is in the United States military during World War II. They deal with marriage plans, family, and friends. August 1942-1943 letters from Arthur E. Hopkins to Julia Jones Walton are of primary importance and focus on national politics, the Republican Party, the New Deal, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Wendell L. Willkie, Kentucky politics, Albert Benjamin Chandler, Wilson W. Wyatt, World War II, and Mexico. Other items include military documents, cards, photographs, newspaper clippings, a 1924 program from the 150th anniversary celebration of the founding of Kentucky, and Russell T. Walton’s will.
Julia Jones Walton (ca. 1906- ) married Russell T. Walton ca. May 1942. Prior to her marriage, Walton served as secretary to Arthur Earle Hopkins, a prominent Kentucky Republican Party figure, President of the Louisville Board of Aldermen, and Louisville, Ky., attorney.
Russell T. Walton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bert Walton of Warsaw, Indiana, completed his training at the Exchange Service School at Ft. George Meade, Maryland, and served as a Post Exchange Officer at Camp Young, California, during World War II. Prior to his military service, Walton lived in Louisville, Ky., and was the Operating Manager for a utilities farm. Before moving to Kentucky, Walton worked for the Jet White Stores in Warsaw. He married Julia Jones Walton ca. May 1942.
Arthur Earle Hopkins, the son of Edwin Sylvester Hopkins and Mary Orisse Scrugham Hopkins, was born in 1881 (possibly 1882) in Jeffersonville, Indiana. He was a graduate of duPont Manual Training School in 1899, Centre College’s Preparatory School, the University of Kentucky with a degree in Engineering, and the University of Louisville School of Law in 1902. As a lawyer, Hopkins specialized in corporate, probate, and taxation law. A veteran of the Louisville Legion he reached the rank of Major; and served as Judge Advocate of the Kentucky National Guard from 1900-1913. In 1907 Hopkins became a Kentucky Revenue Agent under Governor Augustus Willson, in whose law office he practiced. From 1912-1913 he was the Secretary of the Jefferson County, Kentucky Republican Party Executive Committee and was its Chairman from 1913-1916. During World War I, Hopkins was a member of the Western District Kentucky Exemption and Appeals Board. In 1933 he was appointed Special Judge of the Nelson County, Kentucky Circuit Court. In 1941 Hopkins was a candidate for mayor of Louisville, and in 1943 he was elected to the Louisville Board of Alderman and served as its President before his death on 30 September 1944.
1: Correspondence, April 1942
2: Correspondence, June-December 1942
3: Correspondence, 1943
4: Military Documents, 1945-1946
5: Photographs, no date
6: Miscellaneous, 1924-1952;Newspaper Clippings, Cards, Recipes, Program, Russell T. Walton’s Will