Highland Special Sections
This column is dedicated to the three men who lost their lives while working at the new Highland Power Plant. These three accidents claimed the lives of Milton Baumann, Nov. 7, 1907; Fred Pagan, Nov. 27, 1907; and Fred Wiess on July 7, 1909. (My special thanks to Jan Wiess Draper for her copy of...
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“Out with the gasoline street lights and in with the electric street lights and electricity for homes and businesses.” That is what Page 237 of the Centennial History of Highland covers, but all the details of the inner workings of this transaction are not included.
In 1892, the city of Highland started its first electricity service and is still the supplier of electricity for Highland and much of the Highland area. So, let’s return to early Highland.
“Dr. William W. Everett was born in Scott County, Ill., in 1856. With the start of the Civil War, his father, Andrew Jackson Everett, moved the family to Marine and enlisted in the Union Army in 1862, and served until 1865.
The early post offices of Highland were in the building belonging to the postmaster. Most of the early postmasters were merchants, and they wanted the extra traffic to come to their store when the people picked up their mail. Another reason was the postmaster’s salary wasn’t great, ...