Nels Rudger & Viola Eugenia Roundy Benson
The Bensons lived in Highland only for a short while. Viola was living with her parents in Highland in 1920 and Nels was a Sunday School teacher beginning in 1923. They married June 11, 1925, and apparently moved shortly after that. They were in Salt Lake City at the 1930 census.
Nels was born July 12, 1898, in Spring City, Utah, to Nels and Mary E. Benson and was still living there in 1920. His WWI draft record in 1918 shows him as a farmer. Viola was born April 21, 1903, in Benson, Cache County, Utah, to Samuel H. and Eugenia Elmyra Taylor Roundy (q.v.). They had five children: Elmo Roundy, Cherril, Mary J., Eldon Samuel and David Richard. When Nels registered for the WWII draft he was working for Utah Power and Light. Viola died March 22, 1959, in Salt Lake City and Nels died January 1, 1962, also in Salt Lake City. They are buried in the Salt Lake City Cemetery.
Home of Ray Benson (Number 55 on the 1958 Highland map - 4670 W. 11200 N.)
Raymond Louis & Bette Lou Christianson Benson
Ray Benson was born in Cloquet, Minnesota July 10, 1921, to Oscar and Margaret Ness Benson. He married Bette Lou Christianson June 27, 1942, in Itasca, Minnesota. Bette Lou was born May 5, 1923, in Bovey, Minnesota to Richard F and Gertrude May Haynes Christianson. They lived in Highland for a few years at Number 55 (on the 1958 Highland map), and sold it to Sherman Evans in 1956. They had two children, twin boys, Donald Wayne and Richard Raymond.
Raymond was a member of the Catholic Church and was a member of the 4th degree of the Knights of Columbus. He was the founder of Benson Bolt, which he operated from 1971 until 1983. He served in the Construction Battalion in the U.S. Navy during WWII. Bette was a member of the Presbyterian Church. After they moved from Highland, they lived in Quartzite, AZ. The obituary for Ray shows he was a resident of American Fork when he died in a hospital in Blythe, California, March 28, 1996. Bette died June 7, 2007, in Arizona. They are buried in the Pleasant Grove City Cemetery.
Source: HIGHLAND HISTORY: A compilation by Charles T Greenland II for the Highland Historical Society
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