Guide to the Joseph David Leuty Papers 1872-1950
Cage 166

Summary Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Leuty, Joseph David
Joseph David Leuty Papers
Cage 166
Date [inclusive]
1.0 box
General Physical Description note
.5 feet of linear shelf space
Collection includes papers relating to the Leuty, Rector, and Young families of Farmington, Washington, specifically correspondence, certificates, photographs, deeds, financial and legal papers, and other papers dating 1872-1950.

Preferred Citation note

Joseph David Leuty Papers, 1872-1950

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections Washington State University Libraries Pullman, WA

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Biographical/Historical note

Dr. Joseph David Leuty (1874-1955) was a physician in Farmington, Washington where he lived with his wife, Charlotta Pearl Rector Leuty (1878-1973). They were married on January 9, 1901 and had four children, only two of whom lived to adulthood. In 1900, the Washington State Medical Examining Board granted Leuty his license to practice medicine in Whitman County, Washington. Following this, Leuty completed medical courses at the New York Post-Graduate Medical School (1906-1910) and the New York Polyclinic Medical School and Hospital (1910-1911). He was later elected a fellow of the Washington State Medical Association in May 1927 after being a member in good standing for 20 years.

Dr. Leuty's wife, Charlotta Pearl Rector Leuty, was born in Nez Perce County, Idaho to Enoch Rector (1845-1916) and Ora Alice Young Rector (1859-1926). Her father, Enoch Rector, served in the Nez Perce War and received an honorable discharge. Charlotta had at least one sibling, Osbert H. Rector (1876-1946), who attended the School for Deaf and Dumb in Vancouver, Washington. Her grandmother was Sarah D. Hiteshew Young (1830-1922), and she was related to Hiram S. Young.

Hiram S. Young was a private of Captain McCarric's company "G", second regiment of volunteers of the territory of Idaho. He enlisted in 1877 and served during the Bannock Indian war until he was honorably discharged. Young was married to Rebecca M. Price Young (1852-1890) on December 23, 1875, with Enoch and Ora Rector as witnesses.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of correspondence, certificates, photographs, deeds, financial and legal papers, and other papers relating to the Leuty, Rector, and Young families of Farmington, Washington. Materials date 1872-1950.

The Leuty family papers include Dr. Joseph David Leuty's medical diplomas and certificates, deeds, indentures, and stock certificates. Records from his wife's time spent as a member of the Farmington, Washington Fortnightly Club are included. These consist of Fortnightly Club yearbooks, a photograph, and a program providing details of each meeting the club held.

The Rector family papers contain Charlotta's school report cards and drawings from a school examination, wedding announcements, deeds, correspondence, and papers pertaining to Osbert and Enoch Rector. Osbert's papers include eight notebooks, dating 1892-1897, from his years spent at the School for the Deaf and Dumb in Vancouver, Washington. The notebooks contain letters addressed to his parents. It also includes an autograph album given to Osbert on December 25, 1891. Enoch's papers consist of records from the Nez Perce War and letters addressed to his wife, Ora Alice Young Rector, from a number of correspondents, regarding Enoch's honorable discharge. Additionally, documents from the Farmington Public School provide a history of Lizzie Rector, who graduated from the school in 1896.

The Young family papers consist of deeds, indentures, stock certificates, and materials relating to Hiram S. Young. His papers include an honorable discharge certificate following his service in the Bannock Indian War, tax receipts, stock certificates, and a notice of his wife's death.

The photographs in the collection include images of Ora Alice Young Rector, Osbert Rector, Sarah D. Hiteshew Young, and numerous other unidentified individuals. Several are tintype photographs. The collection also includes a large photograph of approximately 100 women with the title, "The Rebekah Grand Assembly, I.O.O.F. of Washington, June 3, 4, 5, 6, 1895."

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Arrangement note

This collection is arranged in a single series with photographs located at the end of the series.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries 2013
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open and available for research use.

Conditions Governing Use note

Copyright restrictions apply.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

This collection was donated to the Washington State University Libraries in 1973 by James Leuty, son of Dr. Joseph David Leuty.

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Controlled Access Headings

Family Name(s)

  • Leuty family
  • Rector family
  • Young family

Geographic Name(s)

  • Farmington (Wash.) -- History -- Sources
  • Washington (State). State School for the Deaf, Vancouver


  • Deaf -- Education -- Washington (State)
  • Home and Family
  • Military
  • Washington (State)

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"Hiram S. Young and Rebecca M. Price marriage certificate," Whitman County Auditor, Marriage Records, 1872-2002, Office of the Secretary of State, Washington State Archives, Digital Archives,

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

Charlotta Pearl Rector Leuty's drawings for a class examination at the State Normal School in Cheney, Washington 1900 January 20 

1 1

Medical diplomas and certificates of Joseph David Leuty circa 1900-1927 

1 2

Deeds, indentures, etc. for Farmington and Spokane, Washington 1880-1946 

1 3

Stock certificates belonging to Joseph David Leuty and S. D. Young 1901-1950 

1 4

Rector family papers: wedding announcement, report cards, correspondence, etc. 1894-1934 

1 5

Osbert Rector notebooks and miscellaneous items from the School for Deaf and Dumb, Vancouver, Washington 1891-1897 

1 6-7

Enoch Rector - Nez Perce War records and correspondence circa 1925 

1 8

Hiram S. Young papers - tax receipts, honorable discharge, and miscellaneous 1872-1896 

1 9

Farmington Public School - class history (history of Lizzie Rector) 1896 

1 10

Fortnightly Club papers - Farmington, Washington 1921-1929 

1 11

Photographs undated 

1 12-13