Highland News Leader

Info on Highland vets still being sought, plus some history on the Carp Store building

This photo from 1913 shows the Carp Store at the corner of Main and Washington streets in Highland. The store started in 1910.
This photo from 1913 shows the Carp Store at the corner of Main and Washington streets in Highland. The store started in 1910.

The Highland Home Museum is growing very fast and soon will be filled, but we still need information and photos on our local war veterans.

I’m very excited to be able to have a new home for the photos and information on veterans from all United States’ wars. Our new war veterans cabinet has been relocated to the center of the “V” room of the museum. This cabinet has added another new dimension to the Highland Home Museum.

My collection of Highland area memorabilia started in 1950. My dream of someday having a place to display it came true in 2017, when the Highland Home board let me use four rooms on the first floor in the 1912 building to start a museum.

As we began unpacking the 98 boxes of my Highland memorabilia and sorting the items into alphabetical order, we were feeling the pressure of our large project. And we still had more stuff in our basement at home — 14 large boxes full of framed paintings. (I had started to purchase oil paintings from local artists in the early 1970s and also other art work, plus the oil paintings I had created myself, starting in 1990 and continued until 2016.)

Then the Highland Home board gave us the use of the south hall wall, which was beside our museum. My 14 boxes filled the east wall of the south hall. Then, with the many pieces of art that had given to the Highland Home, the we almost filled the west wall of the hall. Many local artists’ paintings and other art work, including some of my paintings, and many, many photos, are now in the museum.

As word of our project got out, the museum began to grow. We began receiving parts of your collections of Highland memorabilia for the museum, and we needed even more space. The Highland Home board kept adding additional space by letting the museum use the entire north hall, followed by the entry stairs and the north sunroom, which is now called the “North Farm Room,” which contains all farm-related items, photos, information, small farm tools, plus many other hand-made tools. You will find a new folding paneled screen on the east wall in the room and an old library table, with an addition upright back, for even more framed farm photos and information.

This North Farm Room was the first stop for the veterans cabinet, which has now been relocated. The cabinet will have many three-ring binders, with photo sheets for veterans of all wars, starting with the Revolution and running through present day.

Have you or your family started to gather your family war veterans’ service information and photos? Please do this as soon as possible, as we hope to have this cabinet ready by July. We can use your donations of $5 or more to cover the cost of the binders, pages and ink to copy your photos and information.

Now, let’s learn about the Carp Store, which opened in Highland 1910.

The Carp Store

The Carp Store, a new mercantile establishment opened in 1910, in the former Edward Suppiger building on the northwest corner of the School Square, at 1001 Main St., at the corner of Washington Street.

This 1001 Main Street building has had many occupants — it was even a saloon, with a bowling alley in the basement at one time — but I don’t have a complete list.

In 1950, it was the John Green Store. Gaynold “Gano” Whitlow was the manager, before he purchased the John Green Store, changing the name to Gano’s Department Store. Gano, in about 1961, enlarged his store by purchasing Dimig Department Store in the C. Kinne & Co. building at 902-904 Main St. after the death of Clarence Dimig. Gano had his going out of business sale in 1983 and retired. He shold his store stock to Orville Phillips and his unique antique collection to many Highland residents. (See page 141 of the Sesquicentennial Book.) Gano died in 2013.

Later, the 1001 Main St. building was Orville Winet’s Western Auto Store.

Wilbur “Wib”Schatte was a prisoner of war during World War II before moving to Highland in 1952. He had purchased the Gambles Store, business from the Brown Family, located at 1005 Washington (now Kevin DeWaele’s Edward Jones Office.) Wib Schatte enlarged his business in 1974 when he purchased the 1001 Main St, building and moved his Gambles Store to that location. Later, the business was a partnership with his wife, Flora, and his son, Charles. The Gambles Store was closed in 1997. Wib died in 1977 and Flora in 2007.

The building was then divided with Ziegler Jewelry Store in front and a warehouse in the rear that was made into a party store.

Today, Hype Initiatives and other offices are at 1001 Main St.

(Information from to Beverly Dimig Butler, Charles Schatte, my wife Lorna Ritt Harris, and the Sesquicentennial book.)