George Thomas & Josephine Mower Duncan

Josephine is the daughter of William Mower (q.v.). After renting the home he owned in Highland (Number 44 on the 1958 Highland map) 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. Barkdulls 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.

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

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