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(Number 9 on the 1958 Highland map - 6751 W. 10400 N.)

Harvey Morton & Sylvia Maude Francis Speer

 Harvey was born December 8, 1879, in Liberty, Missouri to Franklin Mathias and Rada Isabelle Lunsford Speer. Sylvia was born January 18, 1881, in Ridgeway, Missouri to James Robert and Hanna M. Sinderson Francis. They were married January 4, 1906, and came to Highland that same year with Rufus Stice (q.v.), who was husband to Harvey's sister, Alice. With Rufus they bought sixty acres of land from John van Steeter on the west side of Highland.

Harvey and Sylvia lived in the Cherrington home (Number 9 on the 1958 Highland map) for 8 - 10 years then sold his thirty acres to Ludvig Larson and moved back to Iowa, from whence he had come. His wife was dead set against dealing with Mormons. They had six children: Hersel, Wava, Geneva, Ruth, Wayne, and Wanda. Harvey's WWI draft registration showed him living in Lehi in September, 1918. The 1920 and 1930 censuses showed them living in Davis County, Iowa and in 1941 - 1946 were living in Salt Lake City. Harvey died October 22, 1949, while visiting in Glendale, Arizona as a resident of Salt Lake City. He is buried in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Salt Lake City. Sylvia died January 8, 1959 in Bloomfield, Iowa and is buried in the Glendale Cemetery.

Source: HIGHLAND HISTORY: A compilation by Charles T Greenland II for the Highland Historical Society

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