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Sawyer & Schmied

Edwin J and Catherine Sawyer:  Edwin was born in Staffordshire, England in 1826 but it is not known when he came to America but he was a “Post Boy” in the U.S. Infantry in 1861 for 3 months.  He became a naturalized citizen on February 7, 1866.  His wife, Catherine, was born in Cape of Good Hope in about 1827 and migrated to America in 1860 and by 1870 they were married with one son and one daughter.  They apparently lived in Salt Lake during the winter and came to Highland in the summers until 1877 when they built their home (#83 on the 1958 Highland map) on the northwest corner of 10400 N and 6000 W, next to the Poole’s.

Edwin was the second oldest homesteader of Highland-only James Pullen was older.  Little is known about their lives on Highland and by 1900 they had 3 children but Edwin had apparently died and Catherine was living in Salt Lake City.

Ed. Note: The “Smead” family is referenced in other Highland histories but I have been unable to locate any of that name with possible connection to Highland so I submit the following as the family referred to: 

Elsie Elizabeth and Esther Lydia Schmied:  These two sisters show up as Sunday School teachers in 1927-28.  Elsie was born March 11, 1909 and Esther April 14, 1910 to Ferdinand and Emma Freida Miller Schmied.  They are in the American Fork High School yearbooks as Juniors in 1927 and Seniors in 1928, with a notation “Box Elder High” by their names.  The 1930 census shows them living in Salt Lake City, Esther as a servant to the George M Cannon family and Elsie living with her parents. 

Ferdinand Schmied was born October 23, 1883 in Rehrmalt, Munsingen, Switzerland to Jacob and Elizabeth Peters Ruch Schmied.  He came to America in either 1891 or 1897.  Emma was born February 17, 1887 in Ohio to Andreas and Barbara Meister Miller.  They were married August 31, 1908 in Box Elder, Utah.  Elsie and Esther were the two oldest children, others were: Arthur, Lester Ferdinand, Harry and Shirley Darlene.  They lived at (#10 on the 1958 Highland map).

They were living in Salt Lake in 1931 and 1934 and in Green River, Wyoming in 1940.  Ferdinand died February 13, 1952 in Salt Lake City and Anna died July 17, 1964 in Box Elder.  They are buried in the Riverview Cemetery in Tremonton, Utah.

Esther married William D Rogers June 23, 1934 and apparently had no children.  She died December 4, 2000 in Long Beach, California.  Elsie apparently never married, although her headstone says: “Beloved Mother”.  No children, spouse or change of surname can be found.  She died January 14, 1987 in Salt Lake City.  


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