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Highland, Illinois, Newspaper Clippings

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Source: Alton Telegraph, August 23, 1850
We regret to learn that this fearful disease made its appearance in Looking Glass Prairie near Highland, some ten or twelve days since. Up to last Wednesday, about 14 fatal cases had occurred, principally in the family and connections of Mr. James Dugger. No new cases had occurred at the last accounts.


Source: Alton Telegraph, August 8, 1851
Highland is improving very fast, and bids fair to become one of the most populous in the county. It is settled by a hardy and enterprising population of Swiss, Germans, and French, who are making things around the place look like a garden. This town was settled in the year 1837, and now contains over 1,000 inhabitants, and manufactories of different descriptions. The land adjoining Highland is increasing rapidly in value, occasioned by the demand growing out of the arrival continually of persons desiring to settle from the old country, and who are willing to pay good prices for land. Real estate, that has been entered but a very few years, is selling for eight and ten dollars per acre, and many will not sell at all. One great cause of the prosperity of this place is the liberality of its founders, who give to everyone who will build a house on the lot upon which it stands.

The inhabitants of the surrounding country are turning their attention to the cultivation of the grape, and there are now some very fine vineyards near the town that yield annually a large quantity of wine. This will be a source of considerable revenue, and Highland is destined to be the Vevay of Illinois. As soon as the plank road shall be constructed, which is now in contemplation to this place, Highland will become a town of considerable size, and it will increase faster than every yet before.


Source: Syracuse, New York Daily Courier, October 20, 1868
At the great shooting festival at Vienna, a leading prize has been taken by a rifle man from Highland, Illinois. The Swiss rifles have proved to be by far the best in use at the festival.


Source: Alton Telegraph, May 31, 1872
The fifth annual festival of the American Sharpshooters’ Society, which has been in session at Highland during the past week, closed on Sunday. The festival has been largely attended, and was the most successful one yet had. Over 78,000 shots were fired during the week, and 126 prizes, valued at $12,000, were awarded on Sunday. The best shot was made by Jacob Borleted of Indianapolis. The first prize for the largest number of center shots, carrying with it the title of “King of the sharpshooters,” was won by William Schode of Chicago. The second place by Peter Bauchard of Burlington, Iowa; the third by Fritz Stiff of Highland; the fourth by Jacob Born of Allegheny City, Pennsylvania; the fifty by Theodore Herschner of Milwaukee. The remaining and lesser prizes were taken by representatives of societies from New York, St. Louis, Milwaukee, and New Orleans. The next festival will probably be held at Baltimore.


Source: Alton Telegraph, March 10, 1881
Highland is really on the way to become a manufacturing center. The foundry is again in full blast. There are good prospects of having a coal mine soon, that is if coal can be found. Some talk of founding a wrapping paper mill, a flour sack mill, a St. Gallen embroidery factory, and an American newspaper, which is to be edited by a friend of Professor Adelman, our principal of schools. It is said its tone will be Democrat, so its success here may be doubted.

The new lumber firm, Kinne & Thorp, is rapidly filling its yard with choice Chicago lumber. It will be the largest and best-stocked lumber yard that ever was here, and to say the truth, we were in great need of one. The firm consists of Louis E. Kinne, of the popular firm of C. Kinne & Co., general dry good merchants, and H. M. Thorp, the well-known Supervisor.


Source: Syracuse, New York Daily Standard, July 2, 1883
A pickle factory at Highland, Ill. has contracted for over 400 acres of cucumbers with farmers, and expects to ship about 15,000 barrels.


Source: Alton Telegraph, May 7, 1885
From Edwardsville – Our citizens, as well as the residents of other parts of “old Madison,” have done their share of talking in regard to the failure of the Highland Bank. The deficit of the bank is supposed to be about $350,000. A great share of this is the savings of years of some of the economical people of Highland, their all; the little that was laid by for that dreaded time, the “rainy day.” Some are too old to make a beginning again, and it falls very heavily indeed upon them. We understand that young school teachers, mechanics, laborers, and even the prudent boys and girls will be among the losers. This is undoubtedly the worst failure that Madison County ever experienced, and people who are posted say that it will be severely felt in Highland for twenty years to come. The present members of the banking firm are Adolf Eug. Bandelier (the only one surviving of the founders), Fred C. Rhyiner, and Maurice Huegy.


Source: Troy Record, August 27, 1885
The Helvetia Milk Condensing Co. is laying pipes to M. J. Schott's artesian well, which will furnish them about 25,000 gallons of water daily. Next week work will be commenced on an artesian well on the grounds of the company. Business is increasing daily, and orders for 200 cases (800 dozen cans) are ahead. Their largest shipments go to Texas and Louisiana.


Source: Rochester, New York Democrat Chronicle, October 17, 1888
The boiler of a traction engine exploded Monday evening on a farm [unreadable] north of Highland, Ill. Christ Rafferman, the proprietor and engineer, was instantly killed. Hugh Rice received serious injuries. William Hansel had both legs and one arm broken. William Arbert had one arm and one leg broken. Julius Schneider was seriously injured on the back of the head.


Source: Poughkeepsie, New York Daily Eagle, April 11, 1894
General Frye's industrial army, 300 in number, reached this place last evening, walking on the railway track. They camped twenty-seven miles east of the city. The city has sent a wagon load of provisions to the camp.


Source: Troy Star, September 6, 1894
Adolph Kuntzmann started a restaurant, bakery and confectionery in Highland today, and has an excellent location. He is a hustler, and we wish him success, though we are sorry to lose him, both as a business man and citizen.


Source: Troy Weekly Call, April 26, 1912
The Highland Old Folks Home, which has just been completed at a cost of $24,000, will be formally dedicated Sunday with appropriate ceremony. A parade will be a feature of the day, and addresses will be delivered in both German and English.

The Highland Old Folks Home was still in operation in 1951.

Source: Troy Call, December 17, 1926
Mrs. Elizabeth Coffey of Pierron has been chosen as matron of the Highland Old Folks Home, to succeed Miss Lena Boetzenhardt, who departed last week for a visit with home folks in Germany.

Source: Edwardsville Intelligencer, March 15, 1929
Emil Chipron, who died in March 1929, was born in Highland on December 29, 1849. One of his chief interests was his work for the Highland Old Folks’ Home. He was one of the instigators in the building of the home, and for many years was president of the institution.

Source: Edwardsville Intelligencer, December 29, 1930
John Miller, 84 years of age, a retired farmer who lived at the Old Folks Home in 1930, became despondent over the death of a friend, who aided in sending money for Miller to stay at the home. After the death of Stoecker, Miller feared being ejected from the home, and jumped out of the second story window, ending his life.


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