Venoy James & Eva Buhler Turner
Venoy was born September 5, 1920, in Taber, Alberta, Canada to William Eugene and Myrtle Iva Bryant Turner. His childhood and youth are unknown except that he graduated from Lehi High School.
Eva was born November 5, 1920, in Highland, Utah to Alma Herman and Hazel Selina Loveridge Buhler (q.v.). Eva went to first grade at the Highland School taught by Helen Smith, grades two through four at the Harrington School with teachers Miss Collins and Mary Wilson and grades five and six at the Forbes School where her teachers were Rulon Brimhall, Jane McPherson, Margaret Hays, Miss Law, Miss Carson, Annabelle Miller, Norman Wing and Elva Smith. In the upper grades her teachers were Edgar Booth, Ruth Chipman, Mary Ashby, Miss Boco, Miss Bassinger, Iva Carson, Helen Smith (same as first grade teacher), Earl Holmstead, Charles Walker, Jesse M. Walker, Grant Ingersoll, K.J. Bird, John H. Webb, LaVere Wadley and Luther Giddings. In high school she became a member of the National Honor Society, was main typist for the school paper, valedictorian for her seminary class, and one of the top five honor students.
She remembers moving from their large home and living in a much smaller home across the street to the south during the depression because they lost their home, as so many people did.
She helped out on the farm by tromping and loading hay, shocking and threshing grain, picking cucumbers, tomatoes and strawberries. When she was thirteen she began working for neighbors to help with the family expenses. She also worked at the Alpine School Board Office.
After graduation, she worked at the Utah Poultry Processing Plant for two years then went to work at Alpine Motor where she met Venoy. They were married June 22, 1942, in the Salt Lake Temple and rented an apartment in American Fork for three years then bought five acres of ground from her father and built their own home (Number 87 on the 1958 Highland map). Venoy did most of the work of building with help from his father. They raised cucumbers and tomatoes every year to help pay the taxes. They had seven children: Rhea, Janice, Joyce, Ronald, Kim, Gwen, and Veloy.
Venoy worked many different places to support his family: Geneva Steel, Alpine Motor, Zufelt Motor, Chipman Mercantile, Utah-Idaho Sugar Factory, Paul Harmon and Timpanogos Motor (Gene Harvey Chevrolet). They were Highland Ward custodians for fifteen years.
He served in the Church as home teacher, stake and ward dance director and counselor in the Sunday School Superintendency. Eva served in numerous capacities in all the auxiliaries including chorister and choir member. Venoy passed away August 14, 2002, in American Fork and Eva followed July 14, 2006, also in American Fork. They are buried in American Fork City Cemetery.
Source: HIGHLAND HISTORY: A compilation by Charles T Greenland II for the Highland Historical Society
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