William Harvey and Emma Jones Haslam Wiser
Bill was born February 26, 1887 in Lewiston, Utah. His parents are John Harvey and Eustacia Rawlins Cunningham Wiser and his eight siblings are John Andrew born October 22, 1884, Clarence Cunningham born October 8, 1888, Myron Cunningham born May 29, 1891, Leda Pearl born April 1, 1893, Leora born February 28, 1896, Hyrum Leon born October 19, 1898, Cliff born August 21, 1900, and Orville born December 1, 1905.
He and his siblings were born and reared in a two-story frame home in Lewiston, Utah. His schooling consisted of grades one through eight at the Lewiston Grade School. Most years he would start school late and leave early, as his father required his help on the farm, which was a one hundred sixty acre homestead.
Bill was an eager participant in athletic activities especially baseball and basketball. At the age of sixteen he was asked to play baseball for the Lewiston town team, which competed against other town teams in the Cache Valley League.
He had looked forward to serving as an LDS Church Missionary from an early age, so he was delighted and humbled when his calling came in late February of 1906. He fulfilled this calling in the Southern States Mission, which included Alabama and Florida, from March 26, 1906 through July 8, 1908.
Emma was born July 21, 1887 in Wellsville, Utah. Her parents are Henry Hulme and Ann Parry Jones Haslam and her nine siblings are Jannie born December 28, 1865, Alice born February 17, 1867, Henry Jones born September 3, 1870, Joseph Jones born February 28, 1872, John Jones born August 30, 1875, George Jones born January 1, 1880, William Jones born October 1, 1882, Sarah Ann born March 14, 1885, and James Edward born July 21, 1890.
On March 12, 1913 Bill and Emma were married in the Logan, Utah LDS Temple and together they are the parents of eight children. George, William Don, Myrl Haslam, Eva (Davis), Wendell Haslam, Helen (Child), Verl Haslam, and Van Haslam. They resided on their farm located on the Idaho side of the Utah – Idaho border in Fairview, Idaho from 1913 through late 1955 raising crops of alfalfa and sugar beets along with a dozen or so dairy cows. During this time Bill served many church callings including Fairview Ward Bishop and Stake High Councilman.
In late 1955 they sold their farm and bought a home in Logan, Utah where they resided until about 1975. During their working years in Logan, Bill was a gardener at the LDS Temple and a custodian at the Deseret Industries. Failing health required that they spend their last years in a nursing home in Salt Lake City, Utah where Bill passed away in November of 1977 and Emma in February of 1979.
Bill’s life was one of simplicity. He had a great spirituality and a strong, vibrant testimony of the Gospel. He knew and understood men and his greatest joys came as he ever tried to stir the gifts of God within his fellowmen.
Emma was a feisty lady of slight physical stature, a good sense of humor, and a big heart. She was extremely proud of both her heritage and the posterity that she and husband Bill were responsible for.
SOURCE: Wiser Family Genealogy and History compiled by Thelma King Woodland.