Beloved Highland by Jean Day Perkins 2005
By Jean Day Perkins, March 2005
The majority of information is from a talk given by Jean at “Empty Nesters Group” on Monday, March 7, 2005
(Jean is the daughter of Orville Cox Day and Otes Clysta Strasburg. Otes is the daughter of Louis Henry Strasburg and Fredericka Honeck)
After hours of research, study, conversations with those who were especially conversant with the history of Highland and many other sources, I came to the conclusion that a historian is one who collects all facts available to them and with these facts, he adds his own personality and point of view to this items that interest him.
(Pres. Richard Sudweeks, PhD and John Hall, PhD-both professors at BYU were there and smiled at this statement. John Hall said “Absolutely!” and Pres. Sudweeks responded, chuckling, “That’s incredible! Most people don’t discover this until the end of their life.”)
As I prepared this history, the only logical sequence that made for good order was chronological. There also seemed to be three distinct categories:
- The settlers who came and their interesting stories.
- The necessity and history of acquiring water. (This subject seemed to have been neglected in the other histories that were available. I was interested in preserving this for our family and others who might also find it worthwhile. And especially because my father was so involved in this aspect.)
- Religious history. (The values were central to the events that occurred.)
1850-51: Lehi was settled in 1850. In 1851 it became apparent the settlers could not survive without a source of water. It was determined that they would start digging a ditch from American Fork canyon through Highland to carry the spring run-off to residents of Lehi. Without a ditch, the water flooded the more flat terrain and dissipated before reaching the settlement.
When they started digging, they discovered to their dismay that 90% of the ground was rock and hard-pan and nearly impossible to get through. Horses, mules, scrapers and dynamite was used to dig. Some days only three feet of progress was made.
1853: Lehi completed the project. The stream from American Fork Canyon came through the Lehi Ditch which was 3 ft. wide and 2 ½ ft. deep.
1853-1869: A few rancheros from American Fork and Alpine tried to run cattle on the bench. They were unsuccessful because of a lack of forage as a result of so little water. Some sparse crops were also planted. They wilted and died because of poor soil and lack of water. Both attempts had failed. The equation is simple-no water equals desert.
1869: The Transcontinental Railroad in Ogden was completed and the Federal Government announced that land in Utah could be homesteaded for $1.25 an acre. Stephen Beck and some other settlers purchased 160 acres. Others homesteaded 80 acres on the bench.
1874: For 5 years, these early settlers tried ranching. They failed. Lehi used all the water in the ditch during the summer. Most years, in the early spring the ditch would not hold all the water and the resulting flooding watered only parts of Highland. In desperation, these homesteaders met with Lehi residents to see if they could negotiate any sharing of the water from the ditch Lehi agreed to share half the water if Highland finds would double the width and depth of the Lehi Ditch. A written agreement was reached.
1875: John Poole built the first home on Highland next to the irrigation water of the Lehi Ditch. (This home was ¼ mile directly north of Wayne Day’s current home and on the south side of the ditch. Today’s address would be 5859 West 10620 North.) the house was built of adobe with lumber on the inside of the walls. Some accounts said the house was eleven feet by fourteen feet while others said it had two bedrooms. It was sturdy and well-built. The structure was still intact when Dave Strasburg tore it down during the decade of the 50’s. The Poole’s had a large family and the children slept on quilts in the middle of the living room.
The first settlers on Highland Bench included the Poole, Myers, Whiting, Beck, Adamson, Greenland, Loveridge, Healey and Stephen Moyle families. (Karen Moore is a current resident of Highland. Her Grandmother was Lou Moyle Binns. Lou’s father was Stephen Moyle. Stephens father was John Moyle of Alpine who is noted for his work on the Salt Lake Temple stone quarry where an accident caused the removal of one leg. With a peg-leg, he walked over the mountains and continued his daily work in the Cottonwood Canyon. The inscription, “Holiness To The Lord” on the east side of the Salt Lake Temple was carved by him personally. They are still a faithful, well-respected family in the area.)
1877: Drought came to much of Utah. Lehi residents declared, “No more water for Highland”. The crops in Lehi were dying, animals were suffering. The rule was that the Bishop was in charge of water distribution. There was no Water Master. Angry Highland residents said, “you have a written agreement that we can use half the water!” Poole channeled water from the ditch to water his crops. Others also took their share. Arguments followed. Fist fights broke out. Stephen Moyle took his allotted water. A Lehi resident came up to put a stop to his having the water. They argued. The Lehi man got out his gun. Stephen Moyle got his gun and they threatened one another. The Bishop was called and both men were excommunicated—cut off from the church. Moyle was known as an honest, fair, intelligent, well-read, trusted man who was well-liked in the community. Interestingly enough, the signed agreement between Lehi and Highland was nowhere to be found.
Stephen Moyle, with the support and backing of other Highland residents, hired a lawyer. George Sutherland was well-known and was a respected lawyer in the state of Utah. He agreed to represent Moyle and Highland. (Sudweeks spoke up: “Did you know that Sutherland was the only man from Utah to serve on the Unites States Supreme Court?) Sutherland took the case to court. Moyle and Sutherland won the lawsuit and Lehi was ordered to share half the available water. (It is said that George Sutherland’s bill was sent to the Lehi Bishop.) It was a land-mark decision and is recorded in Utah law books which is still referred to today. (Karen Moore has a copy of the ruling.)
The two men were reinstated in the church and the Bishop make a public apology. Through all the turmoil, Stephen Moyle never quit going to church. He stated, “No one can stop me from going to the church I love!” He was a faithful member all of his life. (It is said that they tried to bar him from entering the church and he wouldn’t let them.) (Karen said, “Did you know that they announced his excommunication from the pulpit and published it in periodicals?”)
1880: The census showed 88 people living in Highland.
1888: The school board met and decided it was time to build a school building in Highland. The children had been going to Lehi, Alpine and American Fork. Some of the grade school kids were boarded in the Presbyterian church that still stands in American Fork. It was very, very hard on them. They didn’t have a change of clothing, food nor other necessities and they depended on the family who allowed them to stay. It was very difficult. The announcement that the school building would be built was welcomed by the settlers in Highland. That was the first public building to be built here. It was a somewhat crude edifice consisting of one large room with a potbellied stove at the end. (Mary Lee Myers said at testimony meeting that her heart was warmed by the spirit but her feet were sure still cold.). (The building was constructed where the chapel currently stands on the corner of 10400 North and 6000 West.) Records were not kept of the first or possibly second school teacher to teach grades 1-8, not even the state school board record shows who those first teachers were.
1892: The first branch of the church was organized. With the completion of the school-house, there was now a place for public meetings to be held. Members have been traveling in horse and buggy to American Fork, Lehi or Alpine for services. Usually, they didn’t go back home between Sunday School and Priesthood meetings in the morning and Sacrament meetings in the early evening, so they would pack a cold lunch for the park. In the wintertime they might be invited into other people’s home for lunch. How excited they were to finally have a public meeting place and a branch.
1893: Church records showed there were 27 families in Highland with 146 members of the church including the babies.
1894: The terrible epidemic of diphtheria hit most of Utah. Families in Highland lost mothers, fathers, and children. The Poole family lost four children inside of one week. Everyone was quarantined. No school, no church meeting, or other public gatherings were held. American Fork was very reluctant to have Highland people buried in their cemetery because of the quarantine. In their extreme grief, Mr. and Mrs. Poole dug four tiny graves on their property and laid their children to rest in caskets that Mr. Poole had built with his own hands. During the next year, their oldest son died in a terrible accident. Again, he was buried in that tiny cemetery on their own property. Mrs. Poole didn’t ever recover from the anguish of their loss. Sometime after, she and her husband and remaining children packed their remaining belongings and left.
1899: Louis Henry and Fredricka Strasburg homesteaded 132 acres with 52 going to Louis’ brother George and 80 acres remaining with Grandma and Grandpa. (To indicate the location of this property: the Strasburg park on the corner of 10400 North and 6000 West includes a part of the land which was donated to the church by Grandpa for Highland residents to gather.) The family moved into the Poole home with their five children which included my mother, Otes Clysta Strasburg. Grandfather and Grandmother were hardworking people with a strong German heritage and background. They were grateful to have fruit trees and shade trees growing on the Poole property. It remained a difficult endeavor to wrest enough food to sustain life anywhere on the rocky soil of Highland Bench.
Grandfather was not a member of the church, but he was an honest, hardworking man and allowed Grandmother and the children to attend church meetings.
1901: Grandpa Strasburg announced that he was going to be baptized into the church. He was 41 years old and Grandma had prayed every day for 15 years that he would be baptized. A dam was put into the Lehi ditch right next to their home. They backed the water up until it was deep enough to baptize him by immersion. The story is told that from the time they moved into their home in 1899, the whole family would sit down to eat their three meals together, unless the children were school, and eat hearty meals because of the hard work on the farm. The children would fold their arms and Grandmother would call on someone to say the prayer. Grandfather would sit down pick up his fork and start to eat while the prayer would continue on. After his baptism, Grandfather sat down to the evening meal. Everyone waited. Grandfather announced, “I am now the patriarch and I will call on someone for the blessing”. From then on, he called on someone to pray and was emphatically the head of his home.
1905: The Highland branch which had been meeting in the school house was dissolved with no record kept to indicate the reasons, just that it was. Everyone began going elsewhere for their church meetings once again.
1907: Orville Cox Day came to Highland to be the new school teacher. James Orr had been the first school teacher of record to teach in the Highland school building. Records say that he had taught for about eight years. Orville (Dad) had graduated from Brigham Young Academy. Dad was happy to be offered room and board in the Strasburg home in exchange for the Strasburg children tuition to attend school. (At the time, the state did not provide a free education. Each student was required to pay tuition.) Otes, my mother, was his prized student. She had just graduated from the eighth grade. Dad proposed marriage to her stating he had always wanted to marry someone who was smart so he would have intelligent children. He knew of her intellect first-hand.
1909: September 29 on Mom’s 15th birthday, the marriage took place in the Salt Lake temple. Dad had lived in Highland for two years. He was intelligent, an avid reader, aware of the needs of the small community and was outspoken about many of these needs. He clearly recognized the great need for water for the ranchers and farmers in Highland.
1910: Dad was called on a mission, leaving mother at home with a four-month-old baby. In order for her to earn a living for herself and to send dad some money on his mission she worked for the Clark family in American Fork. They had a large family. Mother would walk the three miles to American Fork every Monday morning, leaving home at 4:00 a.m. She would stay until Friday. After her assigned chores were finished she walked back to Highland. When she was too homesick for her baby daughter, she would sometimes walk home at night during the week and get up at 4:00 to walk back and fulfill her work assignment. Grandma Strasburg tended Baby Kate and nursed her during the time Mother was gone.
1913: After Dad returned from his mission, he began some extensive work on the Murdock canal which branched off the Provo river coming down Provo canyon. He rode the canal on his horse and began petitioning for some of the water to go to farmers in Highland. The canal ran from the Provo river through Highland to Salt Lake. A share of water from the Murdock canal was very expensive. Most people in Highland could not afford that water. However, at that time it was only possible to raise one crop of hay every year. Dad knew if they could get water here, they could raise three crops. The Highland Conservation Water District was formed and dad was appointed the first water master.
1915: The first Highland ward was organized. Stephen L. Chapman, the Stake President over American Fork, was given permission from the first presidency to organize the ward. A town meeting was called in the school building. Everyone came, members and nonmembers alike. As they walked through the doors, President Chipman greeted each person and handed each one a slip of paper. The meeting was called to order. After an opening hymn and prayer, each member was instructed to choose three names from the member and to write their choice for the Bishop on the slip of paper and hand it to President Chipman. The votes were counted. George Zabriskie was named bishop. Orville Cox Day was named first counselor and Stephen Beck as second. A popularity contest? Perhaps. Great spiritual leaders? Absolutely!
My Grandmother, Fredericka Honeck Strasburg was chosen as the Relief Society President with Otes Day, her daughter as the secretary. She was the first to fill this position in the Highland Ward. Grandma had had 10 children, with 4 still at home-one with Down’s Syndrome and was the caretaker for 2 grandchildren. As the Relief Society President, she automatically became the midwife for the area. Grandma assisted and sometimes presided at the birth of the newborns in the area. It was common practice that new mothers would have a 10 day confinement. That meant that Fredericka would meet the family’s physical needs during that time. One account, on some occasions, 3 weeks time was required. (Otes told the story more than once of a baby born after lengthy labor who was blue and not crying. The Doctor set the baby aside, saying, “Well, this one’s not going to make it.” Grandma Fredericka quickly filled two basins with water, one warm and one cool. She dipped the new-born in one, then the other. The child gasped and cried. She wrapped him and watched his fingers pink right up. The family was so very grateful that she was there to help and gave her credit for saving the baby’s life.)
It was also expected that the Relief Society President would dress and prepare the dead, and meet the needs of the family during the time of grief. Grandpa fully supported her during the 6 years that she filled this position. One morning Grandma came home from tending to the needs of a family with the news that the family had just eaten the last spoonful of flour in the house there was no other food. Without a comment, Louis Henry Strasburg hitched up the team and wagon and took sacks of flour and sugar, sides of pork and beef with other staples and delivered them from their own store of food. Grandpa also instructed the children to stop by his house every morning before school and on the way home from school at night to eat bread and milk at his table. Following this delivery, Grandpa told Grandma what he had done. Fredericka responded, “Why, the Bishop would have taken care of those needs of the family.” Grandpa was a strong-willed, able-bodied German with colorful language. He answered, “Hell, the family could starve to death waiting for the Bishop to take care of the family.” (Pres. Sudweeks chuckled, “Yes, some Bishops are pretty slow at seeing the needs of their families.”)
At that time, one more room had been added to the one-room schoolhouse which now became the Highland ward chapel. Records show there were 200 ward members at the time.
(Extract from Lawrence’s history: “Upon his return from the mission, Dad taught school in Highland for six more years. In 1915 he was chosen as first counselor to Highland’s first Bishop, Zabriski. He helped make the Sunday School the best attended in Alpine Stake. In 1918 he went to teach school in Lehi for one year. In 1921 Dad moved is young family of four children to Byron, Wyoming, east of Yellowstone, where he taught school for four years for better wages than in Utah. He attended summer school at the University of Wyoming in Laramie. Kate had him as her history teacher in the 8th grade there. She said he would lecture the whole class time and tell stories without notes. Dad had a fantastic memory. He returned to Highland in June 1925, acquired ten more acres on the west adjoining the first ten, and settled down to farming, chicken raising and a half-dozen dairy cows.” -Added here by Paul Day)
November 11, 1918: The “War to end all Wars” was concluded by treaty and Americans were relieved to see the troops return home. No one knew that those soldiers carried the deadly disease of Spanish Influenza with them, which had swept through Europe. More than 500,000 people in the United States died. It was an epidemic of massive proportions-indeed it was a pandemic. Between 20 and 50 million people died in the world. The Deseret News of October 10, 1918 carried the word that health officials had prohibited all public and private gatherings that were “not held in the open air.”
Because of the ruling, no public funeral was held for President of the church, Joseph F. Smith, when he died. He was buried on November 22, 1918, with just a grave-side service. Then they passed a law requiring anyone walking in public to wear a gauze mask. (Deseret News February 10, 2005)
1918: In December O.C. Day became infected with the virus. Dad wrote in his life-story: “In December, I almost died from the flu. About 4:00 p.m., I just felt as if it were too hard to control my brain, so I called my wife and bade her good-bye. Then I just let myself drift. But at 9:00 p.m. I came to. I told my wife I was not going to die. I learned later that William Mower, president of the Mutual, had phoned and had the word passed around Highland, asking everybody to pray for me at 9 o’clock.” How grateful we are as a family for this miracle and for the love demonstrated by the ward members.
1919: Clarence Greenland was sustained as the Highland Ward’s clerk. Two others had preceded him. He was a quiet, gentle, unassuming man who served until 1956 in that capacity, 37 years of dedicated church service!
1929: The school district had decided that it was time to tear down the building. There were many problems with the structure and it wasn’t adequate for the children that needed to attend the school. Plans were announced. The church decided to buy the building for $300. It then became only a church building and was no longer used for school classes.
1930: The federal government announced that plans were being considered for a dam and reservoir in Provo Canyon. Finally, it was recognized that something needed to be done for the water situation throughout Utah. Water from Bear Lake, Weber River and the Uintah mountains was plentiful. Salt Lake farmers did not use all of the water that was available from these sources. The additional water was flowing through the Provo River as waste water into the Utah Lake. A wonderful reservoir could retain this water back of the Deer Creek dam.
1933: The project was officially authorized and Arthur V. Watkins, United States Senator from Utah, was appointed director of the Deer Creek Reservoir and Dam planning commission.
1935: President Franklin D. Roosevelt finally signed the proposal sent to him through official channels from the planning committee. Dad’s mother, Euphrasia Cox Day, lived in Orem and was personally acquainted with Senator Watkins (who also lived on Orem). He asked her if she could recommend anyone in the area that was familiar with the water problems and could take over as director of the Lehi, American Fork, Alpine, and Highland areas. She suggested Dad’s name-imagine our surprise. Senator Watkins came to dad and mother’s home in Highland and presented the project’s plans and asked if he would fill the position. Dad agreed and began to contact all of the residents of the four communities on horse-back, presenting the benefits of purchasing Deer Creek water shares. The depression had taken its toll on families in Highland. Many farms and homes had been lost in the difficult times. The sale of water was not easy, even though the government offered a mortgage loans at .05 percent interest with the payment due annually with an end of the year assessment. Many people couldn’t see their way to make the sacrifice. Dad visited and revisited many property owners several times trying to convince them of the benefits of this purchase.
In good years, the water from American Fork canyon flowed freely until July first. At that time most of the snow had melted from the mountains and the stream was small at best. Water from the Deer Creek project would then be available for these residents to water their crops until the end of the season.
1936: The CCC camps were organized to provide jobs for men out of work because of the depression. Many of these men came to work on the dam.
1939: O.C. Day was voted as the director of the Provo River Water User’s Association.
1941: Deer Creek Dam was finally completed is spite of the scarcity of man-power. Many of those who were strong and available to work had left to fight in World War II.
Deer Creek Water Conservation Districts were formed and Dad became the first director and water master for this area. Shares were divided, water tickets were sent to all owners of the water. The precious life-giving water for the farmers in Utah was secure. It was determined at that time, that water (was) so valuable that no land could be sold without the water rights. The water rights went with the land and were inseparable. This law is still in effect. Dad and Senator Watkins remained good friends until Senator Watkins’ death.
1944: O.C. Day had leased 40 acres of property owned by George Q. Cannon. The cost was for the yearly taxes. His sons and my brothers Wayne and Lawrence divided the acres, bought it from Mr. Cannon for $40 an acre. Seven shares of Lehi water and 50 shares of Deer Creek water went with each piece of land. When the deeds were drawn up, the acre where the church stood was left off the sale. (Later, on two occasions, Wayne donated more land, on the south and east, for parking space, as part of his assessment, bringing the total to about two acres. In those days, members were assessed money for church building and expansion. Wayne was asked to give property instead. – Paul Day)
1946: The church caught fire. Faulty wiring, problems with the furnace, no one was ever sure what happened. All the inside of the church and proof had burned. The church suggested they tear everything down and build it from the bottom-up. Highland members had great memories and love of the old building. They convinced the brethren in Salt Lake to let them rebuild the church. Classrooms were added and included a small kitchen.
1954: the ward had grown to 300 members. It was time to remodel the old Highland church. What a project that was. The church required that the members of the ward pay one-half of all the expenses to remodel or to build a building. Funds were tight for all members in Highland, but their dedication never faltered. It was agreed that time spent to remodel by and member would be credited with like-dollars. Many of the members in Highland spent hours giving time and talents to rebuild the church instead of paying money when none was available. Building missionaries were called. They worked long hours on the project with ward members fixing lunch for them six days a week. Merlin Larson was the bishop, Glen Strasburg we first counselor. They worked the afternoon shift at Geneva Steel. Most mornings found them working on the church. Almost daily these two faithful brethren worked on the building before their 8-hour shift at Geneva. Others worked hard. Long hours were spent. Less active members of the church who were dedicated and loved the building, donated their money and their time to complete the project. September 26th Apostle Richard L. Evans came to Highland to dedicate the new building. Carpet was on the floors tor the first time. A wonderful organ had been installed. Highland residents remembered the old pump organ that had to be pumped continuously for the notes to be played. The first indoor restrooms were in the building. The old outhouses were torn down.
A beautiful new kitchen was in place. The Relief Society sisters in the ward were responsible to collect enough money to furnish the beautiful Relief Society room. $850 was collected. The Relief Society presidency traveled to Salt Lake to purchase carpet, drapes, chairs, a piano, all of the furnishings for the Relief Society room. There was a bishop’s office. The bishopric had previously met in the old kitchen. There was a foyer and hooks for people to hang their coats on as they came to meetings. I was 19 years old and was asked to lead the choir for the dedication. Bishop Larson requested we sing Bless This House and I Need Thee Every Hour. What a wonderful experience it was to listen to the prophetic words of Elder Evans! He promised that as long as people kept the commandments this would be a blessed area, people would come by the hundreds, even the thousands, because they would feel the spirit of the Lord. They would desire to raise their families here in this area.
1964: Another renovation took place. People had moved to Highland, the building was not large enough for all the members. Classrooms were added, the kitchen was remodeled and necessary improvements were made. Sister Olga Jonsson, a wonderful, dedicated member from Germany who was a widow, had very little means to sustain her life. She left money in her will to have a wonderful pipe organ installed in the new building. She made the bishop promise he would not tell anyone where the organ came from. (The generous gift was announced at her funeral.) Otherwise, there would not have been a new organ.
1965: Dad turned 80 years old. It was time to give up his duties as president of Deer Creek Water. His son, Wayne Day was elected the next president in 1965. Wayne is now 89, is still the president and water master. His daughter, Joy, is secretary/treasurer. She keeps all the books, sends all the tickets and the yearly tax notices to all the owners of Deer Creek Water.
1969: Dad passed away. At his funeral, his great contribution to the Highland water was mentioned. He left a 20-acre farm to Carl who was the only family member who was interested in continuing to farm. Other pieces of his land had been sold to his children who chose to live here before this time. However, Dad and Carl had a written agreement at Dad’s insistence that any of the children who wanted to come back to Highland to live and raise a family were to be allowed to buy one acre of land at the going rate of property in Highland.
1971: Blaine and Jean decided to come home. We had spent 13 years of our married life in Salt Lake. We knew it was time to bring our family back to Highland. Our oldest children were entering their teen years. We wanted a farm, we wanted cows and pigs with responsibilities for them. (Originally, land was homesteaded for $1.25 an acre. In 1944, Wayne paid $40 an acre. As I prepared this history, I named the price of land as $120,000 an acre and Wayne and LaVerle quickly corrected me, stating, “Why we were just offered $150,000 an acre for our property”.)
We went to Carl and bought one acre of his land for $2000.00. there was one ward here when we came. Eight months late, the first division took place and there were two wards.
2005: There are now four stakes in Highland----eleven beautiful chapels (plus the training school ward chapel just west of the Mount Timpanogos Temple, which is under our Highland East Stake supervision) including the historic original building of 1888 with its renovations.
Water is plentiful except in years of drought when it must be conserved. Culinary water is available to every home. Deep wells supplement the Lehi and Deer Creek water. We give much credit for the water condition that exist her in Highland to our predecessors and the legacy they left for us, including O.C.Day, my father who worked for water from 1907 until 1969.
Highland carries a great spiritual legacy. People that come to Highland often bear testimony and say they felt there was a different feeling when they came here looking to buy property or to build a home. It is as Elder Evans prophesied that as people kept the commandments this would be a special place to raise a family. We are grateful to have raised our family of seven children in this place. We are grateful for our dad, our mother and the heritage we have her in this community. This is indeed “Our Beloved Highland.”
- Cora Beck Adamson: “History of Highland”, “Ecclesiastical History of Highland”
- Ruby Lee Buhler: “Highland History”
- David T. Durfey: “Aberrant Mormon Settlers-Homesteaders of Highland” (A Master’s Thesis)
- Charles Greenland: “Highland History”
- Plat Book: “Original Homesteaders of Highland” Bureau of Land Management, S.L.C., UT., Provo Water Users Assoc., Bureau of Reclamation
- Orville Cox Day: “The Compromise”, “Personal History”
- Lawrence E. Day: “Otes Clysta Strasburg and Orville Cox Day Family History”
- Carol Buhler, Jean Perkins, and Marcia Rogers: “Highland Ward Relief Society History”
- Stella Day Norman: “Personal History”
- Oral Interviews: Wayne Day, Carl Day, Charles Greenland, Karen Moore, Esther Smith, Dorothy Strasburg
Source: HIGHLAND HISTORY: A compilation by Charles T Greenland II for the Highland Historical Society
- Highland History
- The 1st Highland LDS Ward
- History of Highland by Cora Beck Adamson
- Highland Residents Poem by Cora Beck Adamson
- Ecclesiastical History by Cora Beck Adamson
- Record and History of the Highland Sunday School by Ruby B. Day
- Highland Oldsters by O.C. Day 1959
- Highland Ward History by Beth Roundy Day Hyde 1954
- Early Recollections of Highland by Della Miller Hatch
- Beloved Highland by Jean Day Perkins 2005
- History of the Highland Church by Eva Buhler Turner 1991
- The Highland School
- Electricity Comes to Highland
- Peas and Peaviners in Highland
- Famous Feature
- The People
Highland Family Histories
1958 Highland Aerial Map
1958 Highland Homes and Families (table with addresses)
Highland Censuses (and LDS Ward Membership List)
Link to: David T. Durfey 1992 Master's Thesis - Aberrant Mormon Settlers: The Homesteaders of Highland, Utah