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William Jorgen and Sarah Elizabeth Rawson Elmer:  The Elmer’s moved to Highland in 1939 and lived here for about ten years (#49 on the 1958 Highland map - interactivelarger - 5180 W 11200 N).  They had eight children, one dying in infancy: William, Laurence, Clyde, Elden, Sarah, Leslie, Arthur and Jack.

William was born August 9, 1898 in Marriott, Utah to Levi J and Irene Louise Peterson Elmer and Sarah was born April 12, 1899 in Ammon Idaho to James Daniel and Sarah Elizabeth Crane Rawson, the oldest of twelve children.   Sarah was very talented and has been a teacher all her life, including teaching school and in the auxiliary organizations of the LDS church. 

They were married December 23, 1920 in the Salt Lake Temple and lived in Ogden, Slaterville and Marriot and William worked for the Weber County Sugar Factory.  They learned of available land in Highland and moved here in 1939; their youngest child was then two years old.            

Tragedy struck on March 26, 1947 when William was plowing the field where the gas station/convenience store and Jiffy Lube now stand.  He somehow fell off the tractor and was crushed by its steel wheels.  Life was very difficult for Sarah after that as she tried to remain on the farm but couldn’t so her father built a home for her in East Midvale.  She worked for a time at the Salt Lake Knitting Works and passed away September 30, 1980.

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Home of Leslie & Gai Elmer (#47 on the 1958 Highland map - interactivelarger - 11200 Alpine Hwy)

Leslie and Gai Fern Mangum Elmer:  Les was born October 1, 1932 in Ogden to William Jorgen and Sarah Elizabeth Rawson Elmer (q.v.) the sixth of eight children and moved to Highland when he was six.

Gai was born May 16, 1935 in Orem, UT to James Leroy and Golda Elmina Elder Mangum.  She was very tiny at birth but grew up fast and was seldom sick.  She was schooled at Sharon Elementary in Orem, Union School in Vineyard, Lincoln High School in Orem and American Fork High School, which she attended for one year after her marriage.  They were married November 17, 1950 when he was eighteen and she was fifteen.  Few people gave their marriage a chance.

Les went into the army November 1, 1952 and spent some time in Korea during which time their first child, Cindy, was born.  He also received his high school diploma from American Fork High while in the service.  Upon his return from the service they built their home in Highland (#47 on the 1958 Highland map - interactivelarger - 11200 Alpine Hwy) and added three more children to their family Linda, Ronald and Darryl.  They passed from this life within a few months of each other-she on July 1 and he on September 26, 2015.

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

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