Rufus Jesse and Alice Speer Stice: Rufus was born September 4, 1873, in Eneryy, Schuyler County, Missouri to Phillip and Eliza Ann Humphery Stice. Alice was born August 17, 1877, in Loncaster, Schuyler County Missouri to Franklin Mathias and Rada Isabelle Lunceford Speer. She was a clerk in the Post Office and in a general merchandise store then became a teacher of school and music. They were married November 12, 1900, in Dunoka, Nebraska. They had six children, all born in Utah: Boyd, Wilma, Earl, Eva, Harold, and Virgil.
Rufus was a telegraph operator assigned to Granger, Wyoming for one year when they were first married, then he was transferred to Eureka, Utah then to Clear Lake, Utah (SW of Delta) where he received a promotion to agent for the Union Pacific Railroad. In 1905 he transferred to Lehi where they lived for ten years, then to Warner (Tooele) for three years then was given charge of the American Fork station for the next 23 years until retirement in 1938. Two major changes came into their lives while they lived in Lehi. They converted to the LDS Church (they were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple in 1912) and they bought sixty acres of land from the van Steeter’s in Highland with Alice’s brother, Harvey Speer. They didn’t live on the land at first (#5 on the 1958 Highland map) but rented it out until their oldest son, Boyd, was sixteen and able to handle the farming with some help from a neighbor, Bill Hobbs. They sold thirty acres to Ludvig Larson (#4 on the 1958 Highland map).
Alice came from Tooele during the summers with her five children to take care of the farm then return in the winter. In 1915, when the ward was organized she became first counselor to Mary Lee Myers in the Primary organization and canvassed the area to enroll all the children. The Primary met every Friday afternoon in the Highland School.
Rufus was apparently a resident of Highland for short periods. When he died, June 8, 1943, Alice sold the farm to Boyd and moved to Lehi. She died June 6, 1973, in Pleasant Grove. They are buried in the Lehi City Cemetery.
Source: HIGHLAND HISTORY: A compilation by
Charles T Greenland II for the Highland Historical Society
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