O. P. Huish

O. P. Huish
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Short Name: O. P. Huish
Full Name: Huish, O. P. (Orson Pratt), 1851-1932
Birth Year: 1851
Death Year: 1932

Born: September 9, 1851, Blaenavon, Monmouth, Wales.
Died: December 4, 1932, Payson, Utah.
Buried: Payson, Utah.

At age nine, Huish emigrated with his mother and siblings to join his father in St. Louis, Missouri. In 1861, the family went to the Utah Territory and settled in Payson, where Huish worked in farming and ranching as a youth. He later ran general stores times in Moab, Utah; Eugene, Oregon; and Albuquerque, New Mexico. He also opened Huish Drug.

Huish was a composer, but was also trained in commercial photography, making some contributions in this field and operating the firm Huish and Hinshaw. They did most of their work in Utah and Arizona.

In 1880, Huish formed the "Huish Band" with his brothers Edward, Joseph, Frank, James, and Frederick, and their sister Florette. They traveled throughout the Utah Territory, often performing for dances. Huish had been trained to perform in a band with another Payson resident, John D. Stark. Huish wrote over 300 songs, most of which are unpublished. He also write the Payson High School song, "The Silver and the Green."

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