Welcome Davis and Pearl Dye Chapman: “Chap” and Pearl only lived in Highland for about five years but they made a great impression with their warm personalities and willingness to work. W.D. was born August 24, 1890 in St. Johns, Arizona to Welcome and Harriet Ann Davis Chapman and Pearl was born April 10, 1890 to Richard Thomas and Elizabeth Jane Jones Dye. W.D.’s father died when he was ten years old so he learned early to help with the family. When he was sixteen he moved to Basalt, Idaho and worked at scraping the canal at Blackfoot. He later became a sheepherder, and then on August 17, 1909 he married Pearl. They had 3 children, a son, Welcome R, who died at five days old and two daughters, Beatrice Louise and Ida Juanita.
1917 was an eventful year for the Chapman’s. W.D. had the flu and nearly died, there was a depression and he lost his business but on October 4 they were all sealed in the Temple.
In 1928 he was operating a variety store in Park City, Utah then in 1938 they moved to Highland (#22 on the 1958 Highland map). They were very active in the Church-he held seven callings at one time, including Superintendent of the YMMIA. He also served on the Stake High Council.
In 1943 they sold their farm to Yukus Inouye, a sale that was very controversial among the neighbors since Yukus was Japanese and the war was still raging. Yukus tells that he was treated with every dignity and respect and Chap gave him courage and understanding. Inouye’s called him father Chapman. Yukus lived in their basement for a short while as his decision to buy their farm was very sudden and he had to get his crops in.
Chapman’s moved to Lindon, Utah and at about the same time he became field man for Pleasant Grove Canning Company and kept that position for twelve years. He became the first Mayor of Lindon when it was incorporated.
They were called to serve in the Southwest Indian Mission in 1956. Pearl died April 14, 1969 and W.D. died October 27, 1976.
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