September 9, 1851, Blaenavon, Monmouthshire, Wales.

December 4, 1932, Payson, Utah.

Payson City Cemetery, Payson, Utah.


Orson was the son of James William Huish and Helen Niblett Huish, and husband of Ann Marintha Pickering. At age nine, he 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 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 Huish wrote over 300 songs, most of which are unpublished.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.

  1. Blessed Are the Dead
  2. Come unto Jesus
  3. Guide Me to Thee
  1. Back to Zion

larger photo of Huish