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Edmund Franklin II and Nancy May Pectol Durfee:  The Durfee’s lived in Highland (#67 on the 1958 Highland map) for about six years, 1934-1940, but we don’t know where they came from or what brought them here or where they went to.  Edmund was born April 22, 1893 in Colonia Pacheco, Chihuahua, Mexico where his father had gone to avoid prosecution for polygamy.  He learned to work hard at a very young age, standing on a box to harness a team of horses he then drove to plow and scrape.  In July 1912 they were living in Colonia Dublan and were driven out of Mexico by rebels, leaving everything behind.  They held up in a cove for safety for about a week while other settlers joined them, then about eighty of them were able to make it to Texas, out of danger.  From El Paso they took the train to Sevier County, Utah, where he found work on a state canal.

In about 1917 he met and married Nancy May Pectol who was born May 3, 1898 in Kanesville, Utah to Christian Fredrick and Dorothy Lucinda Carrell Pectol.  They were introduced by her intended husband but about 2 weeks before she was to be married they went to town and were married.  Six months later Edmund was called to serve in the army.  He was wounded and listed as missing in action and wasn’t heard from for over a year, then one day he showed up at Church, surprising everyone.  His health was jeopardized by his service and he wasn’t the same afterwards.  They had seven children: Nancy, Alice, Ilona, Verna, Edmond, Fredrick and Dorothy.

They were both active members of the church and filled various callings, including Temple work.  Their daughter, Ilona was a Sunday School teacher in 1938.  Nancy May died April 13, 1956 in Artesia, CA.  Edmund married Hattie Esplin in 1957 and he passed away October 20, 1958 in Farmington, UT after being struck by a train.  Hattie died May 8, 1965.

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