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(Number 23 on the 1958 Highland map - 10835 N. 6260 W.)

Willard John & Sylvia Frances Bromley Shipley

Willard (William) was referred toas an ”early settler” of Highland on two different lists. Willard was born October 14, 1856, in Salt Lake City to Joseph S. and Elizabeth Anderton Shipley. They moved to American Fork when he was two years old. Sylvia was born December22, 1869, in Springville, Utah Territory to William Michael and Elizabeth Roylance Bromley. They were married January 4,1888, in Logan. At the age of 38 and with three children, one less than a year old, he served a mission to the Southern States from April 12, 1895, to April 3, 1898.

Willard and Sylvia Shipley

In 1887, they purchased the 80 acre Richard Baker Homestead (Number 23 on the 1958 Highland map) from his father, Joseph Shipley, who had purchased if from Baker a year earlier.They had six children: Elizabeth, Lulu, Willard Randall (q.v.), Sarah, Willis and Sylvia. At the 1900, 1910, 1920 and 1930 censuses they were living in American Fork. 

It is not known how long they lived in Highland. Sylvia died March 31, 1928, in American Fork; Willard died December 30, 1930. They are buried in the American Fork City Cemetery. At his death he still owned the Highland property, and in 1945 Reed and Russell Thompson bought the eighty acres from his estate.

William Randall and Annie Slack Shipley 

Willard was born to Willard John and Sylvia Frances Bromley Shipley (q.v.) June 7, 1894, in American Fork, Utah. Annie was born June 28, 1894 in Macclesfield, Cheshire, England to Walter and Annie Hindley Slack and came to America in 1902. They were married October 22, 1917, in American Fork. Willard registered for the WWI draft on June 5, 1917, and enlisted in the Army on June 27,1918, where he served until February 1, 1919. 

Their Church records arrived in Highland in 1920 and it is assumed that they lived in Number 23 (on the 1958 Highland map), his father’s property. They had three children: Annie Jean, Randall Carl and Willard John. In the 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930,1940 and 1950 censuses he is living in American Fork as a farmer, feed mill operator (1930) and City Policeman (1950). He registered for the WWII draft in 1942. Annie died August 12, 1955, in American Fork and is buried in the American Fork City Cemetery. Willard married Chloe Thorne Harper on October 22, 1956. She died October 1, 1975, and he married Ellen Louise Sundquist Richins Gustavson on October 5, 1978. Willard died November 19, 1982, in Pleasant Grove and is buried in the American Fork City Cemetery. Ellen died February 17, 1986, and is buried in Pleasant Grove. 

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

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