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Clayton Oscar and Patricia Ann Hamilton Hall:  Clayton was born in Highland to Oscar Hurst and Nida Mary Adamson Hall on April 8, 1920, the oldest of eleven children.  His family lived at #98 (on the 1958 Highland map) when he was born and began his education at the old Forbes school in American Fork.  They later moved to #74 (on the 1958 Highland map) and he went to second grade in the Highland school. 

When he was almost seventeen, in February of 1937, he burned their house to the ground.  His mother was sick in bed, anticipating the birth of a child and he was trying to get a fire going in a hurry.  He placed a piece of a tire in the stove and it burned too hot, setting the ceiling on fire where the chimney exited the room.  By the time the fire department arrived the house was engulfed and there was no water in the ditch anyway so they had to let it burn completely.  He got his mother out through a window and they saved their bottled fruit by throwing it out into the snowdrifts without breaking a bottle.  They moved into Boise Wells home (#76 on the 1958 Highland map) while they built a new basement home

After graduating from American Fork High, he joined the Navy and served on the Aircraft Carrier Copahee in the South Pacific for three years and was awarded the Bronze Star.  He married Lucille Roundy and they had two children but later divorced.  He then married Faye Fillmore who bore one child and they, too divorced.  He met and dated Pat Hamilton in 1947 but her parents didn’t like him because he was a dirt farmer and a Mormon-they were Catholic.  They went to Elko and got married September 9, 1947.  Clayton worked in American Fork Canyon in the mines with his cousin, Dave Strong.  They lived in Sandy, building on a half acre lot where they had a garden, a pig, a cow and some chickens.  The then bought a home in Highland (#29 on the 1958 Highland map) and moved there, later moved away then back. 

Patricia was born March 27, 1926 in Ogden, Utah to Henry J and Avis Geraldine Fish Hamilton and grew up in Salt Lake City.  She attended school at St. Ann’s, St. Mary’s of the Wasatch, Judge Memorial and East High School.  During WWII she was an overseas telephone operator.  After their marriage and the children were raised she worked at the Utah State Development Center for several years.

They were sealed in the Logan Temple and had seven children.  Clayton passed away July 29, 2009 in Lehi and Patricia died August 29, 2013 in American Fork.

Herbert Harrison and Hannah Henrietta Carlisle Hall:  The elder brother of Oscar Hall (q.v.), his records came to Highland in 1925 but there were no records for Hannah.  Herbert was born March 5, 1889 in Leota, Kansas to Edmund Estep and Anna Eliza Hurst Hall.  Hannah was born January 31, 1896 in Millcreek, Utah to William Taylor and Henrietta W Carlisle.  Herbert served in the Army in WWI and when he registered in 1917 he was living in Alpine and was a sheepherder.

Herbert and Hannah were married January 16, 1918 and they had eight children: Wallace, Irene, Blaine, Etta, Donna, LaVal, Doris and Max.  It is unknown how long or where they lived in Highland.  In 1920 they lived in Salt Lake City and in 1930 they were in Sandy.  Herbert died January 13, 1953 and Hannah died June 9, 1987 in Alpine and they are buried in the Elysian Burial Gardens.

Oscar Hurst and Nida Mary Adamson Hall:    Oscar is another “outsider” to Highland, having been born March 29, 1898 in Atchison, Kansas to Edmund Estep and Anna Eliza Hurst Hall, the youngest of sixteen children.  His family converted to the LDS Church and moved to Alpine, Utah when he was twelve years old.

By contrast, Nida was home-grown, born in American Fork November 11, 1899 to David Hutchison and Jessie Diantha Myers Adamson, eldest of their eleven children.  She attended grade school in Highland and high school in American Fork.

Oscar and Nida were married June 18, 1919 in Salt Lake City and their reception was held in the Highland Church with music by Carter’s orchestra. They lived for a while in Highland (#98 on the 1958 Highland map), then moved to Murray then to American Fork, then in 1926 they purchased their forty acre farm in Highland (#74 on the 1958 Highland map).  They had eleven children: Clayton, Betty, Virginia, James, Junior, Alta, Ella Mae, Robert, Diantha, Jay and Keith. Virginia died at two days old.  They were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple May 24, 1928. 

Nida was counselor in Relief Society and Primary, Relief Society teacher, Temple worker and sang in the ward choir.  She was employed for fifteen years as a dietician and cook at the American Fork Hospital, was a member of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers and the Ladies Literary Club.  She wrote many short stories and poetry.

Oscar and Nida worked together on the Highland Old Folks committee for many years. His farm produced hay, grain and peas, which he took to the Eddington cannery pea viner next to his property.  In addition to farming he worked for Utah Power & Light, for the Forest Service and used his carpenter training to help build Geneva Steel and schools and churches in the area.  He was a member of the Deer Creek and Lehi Irrigation Companies and was instrumental in helping to get the culinary water for Highland.  For a number of years he helped Evar Strasburg and Tom Binns plow the roads in winter after the famous Highland blizzards.  Sometimes they would have to work around the clock to keep the roads open, using six-horse teams.

In later life they moved to American Fork and Oscar worked at the City cemetery and as animal control officer.  His favorite pastime was to “go hunting, fishing and horseback riding with my sons and grandsons.”  Oscar passed away October 12, 1983 in American Fork and Nida followed on July 23, 1996.  


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