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Kazuno Kawahara Waki:  Not a lot is known about the Waki family.  They moved to Highland in 1940 or 1941 (#16 on the 1958 Highland map) and lived here until 1952 or later.

Kazuno was married to Kurasuke Shimizu and they had four children: Mary (Kawakami), Teruji, George and Smiley then Kurasuke died August 15, 1930 and Kazuno married Kenshiro Waki who had six children from a previous marriage: Sam, Utao, Mitsuo (Choke), Yomiko, Mekayo (Wilma) and Betty Jean.  Together they had a daughter: Kimi and it appears that Kenshiro died May 9, 1935.  Apparently all but the three oldest lived in Highland and the girls participated in many Church activities, including Gold & Green Balls.  Mary Kawakami, the oldest, was born in 1913 and at this date, 2017, is still living.  She spent many years in a shop at the west end of Main Street in American Fork, operating a beauty school and salon. 

Sam was a farmer who had a lot of property in the bottom lands south of American Fork where he raised celery, onions and pole beans.  He hired boys from the Ward to work for him (including me and Sanford Buhler).  He and his brother, Utao designed and built an ingenious machine to extract the bean poles from the ground after the harvest.

Sam Masami and Ternko S Nabeto Waki:  Sam was born February 15, 1920 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Kurusake Shoriujino and Kajuno Kuwahara.  Ternko was born January 18, 1924 in North Platte, Nebraska to Kunikijo Nabeta and Kin Ikenajo.  They had two children: Jimmy and Victor.

They lived in #16 with his parents and he was a very successful farmer with acreage at the Utah Lake bottoms south of American Fork, where he raised truck garden crops.  He died November 4, 2003 in Anaheim, California and is buried in Santa Ana.


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