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Both Wight families lived in this home (Number 41 on the 1958 Highland map - 5620 W. 11000 N.)

James Hurren & Louisa Armstrong Binns Wight

James H WightJames purchased the Hatch farm (Number 41 on the 1958 Highland map) in 1926 and moved in with his second wife and three children. James was born February 8, 1886, in Hyrum, Utah Territory to Joseph Moroni and Mary Reeder Hurren Wight. On October 14, 1907, he married Elizabeth Powell and they had five children: James Roy (q.v.), twin boys that died at birth, Geneva, and Jay H. Elizabeth was born December 12, 1887, in Lehi, Utah Territory to James and Ann W Jackson Powell.

In September, 1918, when James registered for the WWI draft, he was living in Lark and Elizabeth died there two months later, November 18, before her 30th birthday, a little more than a year after her youngest child had died at three months of age.

James married Louisa Armstrong Binns September 14, 1920, and they had three children: Elizabeth, Ellery J, and Louise. Louisa was born on April 9, 1889, in American Fork, Utah Territory to James Henry and Annie Jensen Armstrong. She had previously been married to Ellery Singleton Binns. They were in Highland for the 1930 census but soon moved to Draper, Utah where he was living in 1942 when he registered for the WWII draft. He died October 22, 1972, in Monticello, Utah. Louisa died May 24, 1969, and they are buried in the Lehi City Cemetery.

James Roy & Ruby Dean Miller Wight

Roy was born October 14, 1908, in Lehi, Utah to James Hurren and Elizabeth Powell Wight (q.v.).  Ruby was born October 1, 1910, in Salt Lake City, Utah to Martin George and Emily Lovina Williams Miller (q.v.). Roy and Ruby were married August 22, 1928, in the Salt Lake Temple. Roy had moved to Highland in 1926 when his father purchased the Hatch farm (Number 41 on the 1958 Highland map). Ruby had lived in Highland since 1918. They had ten children, the first four being born while they lived in Highland: James Robert, Georgia, Lloyd Roy, Kleo Deane, Maxine, Elizabeth, Elroy, Kathryn, Alfred, and Thelda. They later moved to Draper then to Ontario, Oregon.

Wight family Draper, UT

Wight family Nyssa, OR

Wight family in Draper, Utah; 2nd picture in Nyssa, Oregon

Wight family

Ruby died May 22, 1984, in Nyssa, Oregon and Roy died October 6, 1990. They are buried in the Hilltop Memorial Cemetery in Nyssa, Oregon.

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

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