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George Thomas and Josephine Mower Duncan:  Josephine is the daughter of William Mower (q.v.).  After renting the home he owned in Highland (#44) to a number of others for fifteen years after he moved out of it, William allowed Josephine and George to move in with their three children.  They moved in on March 21, 1935, and were set up in the chicken business by her father.  Barkdull’s were also living in the house at the time and remained there until June.
By this time electricity had come to Highland and they had electric lights and a pump for the well.  They raised wheat, hay, cows, and pigs as well as a garden to provide for the necessities.
George was born June 28, 1908, in Ridgway, Colorado to George Hamilton and Sallie Charlotte Sherrill Duncan.  He was living in Norwood, Colorado in 1920.  Josephine was born October 27, 1910, in Lindon, Utah to the above named.  They were married May 11, 1929, in Nephi, Utah and in 1930 were living with her parents in Springville. They had an unknown number of children but these are named: William Thomas, Sallie Ramona, Kathryn, James S., JoAnne, Kerry, Carol and an unnamed child who died at birth in 1945.
They lived in Highland until 1942, when Josephine suffered from nervous exhaustion, largely because of George’s problem with alcohol.  She went to live with her parents in Springville and she and George were soon divorced.  She later married Richard Matthew Conover on July 23, 1959, in the Manti Temple.  She died May 6, 1999, in Payson, and is buried in the Evergreen Cemetery in Springville.  George died November 9, 1967, in Clarkston, Washington. 

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Edmund  & Nancy Durfee (1934-40) (on the 1958 Highland map - interactivelarger - 4600 W. 11000 N.)

Edmund Franklin II and Nancy May Pectol Durfee:  The Durfee’s lived in Highland (#67 
on the 1958 Highland map - interactivelarger - 4600 W 11000 N) for about six years, 1934-1940, but we don’t know where they came from or what brought them here or where they went.  Edmund was born April 22, 1893, in Colonia Pacheco, Chihuahua, Mexico where his father had gone to avoid prosecution for polygamy.  He learned to work hard at a very young age, standing on a box to harness a team of horses he then drove to plow and scrape.  In July, 1912, they were living in Colonia Dublan and were driven out of Mexico by rebels, leaving everything behind.  They held up in a cove for safety for about a week while other settlers joined them, then about eighty of them were able to make it to Texas, out of danger.  From El Paso they took the train to Sevier County, Utah, where he found work on a state canal.
In about 1917 he met and married Nancy May Pectol who was born May 3, 1898, in Kanesville, Utah to Christian Fredrick and Dorothy Lucinda Carrell Pectol.  They were introduced by her intended husband but about 2 weeks before she was to be married, they went to town and she married Edmund.  Six months later Edmund was called to serve in the Army.  He was wounded and listed as missing in action and wasn’t heard from for over a year, then one day he showed up at Church, surprising everyone.  His health was jeopardized by his service and he wasn’t the same afterwards.  They had seven children: Nancy, Alice, Ilona, Verna, Edmond, Fredrick and Dorothy.
They were both active members of the LDS Church and filled various callings, including temple work.  Their daughter, Ilona was a Sunday School teacher in 1938.  Nancy May died April 13, 1956, in Artesia, CA.  Edmund married Hattie Esplin in 1957 and he passed away October 20, 1958, in Farmington, UT after being struck by a train.  Hattie died May 8, 1965.

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

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