Highland News Leader

Index now available for 1987 Highland sesquicentennial book

From left are Karen Mason, author of Highland Sesquicentennial Surname Index, Lynn Hargus, president of the Highland Historical Society with Sesquicentennial book, and Larry Essenpreis, president of the 1987 Sesquicentennial Association.
From left are Karen Mason, author of Highland Sesquicentennial Surname Index, Lynn Hargus, president of the Highland Historical Society with Sesquicentennial book, and Larry Essenpreis, president of the 1987 Sesquicentennial Association. News Leader

Researching Highland history and genealogy just got a lot easier.

After 28 years, an index has been developed for the Highland sesquicentennial book.

The sesquicentennial book was compiled in 1987 by the Highland Sesquicentennial Association Inc., to coincide with the city’s 175th anniversary. The editors were Ed and Marion Gerling, Roland Harris and Russ Hoffman. In the forward, they noted that the centennial book, written in 1937, covered the history of the first 100 years of Highland’s history. The sesquicentennial book was written “reviewing the past 50 years.” However, an index was not possible —due the vast amount of information gathered — if publishers wanted to meet their deadline.

In step Karen Mason, a Highland resident with an interest in genealogy and history, who recognized the need for a quick reference while using the book. Over a period of two years, she recorded names and business and their respective pages numbers in the 432-page book.

“It took me several false starts before I developed the best format,” she said.

Anyone who has wanted to use the book for genealogy purposes will appreciate the value of this index. With the index, you can look up any name and find all the pages where that entry is mentioned.

Anyone who has wanted to use the sesquicentennial book for genealogy purposes will appreciate the value of the index. With the index, you can look up any name and find all the pages where that entry is mentioned.

“This is a very generous project Karen has done for the city of Highland and all historians. It is a project that has needed to be done since 1987,” said Lynn Hargus, president of the Highland Historical Society.

The index has two sections. The first section has more than 2,750 surname entries. The second section has over 1,300 places and organization entries. There are also research tips for using the index and an expanded table of contents.

Mason offered the information she collected to the Highland Historical Society Board of Directors, and the society funded and printed the index under her direction. It will be available for the first time at a June 18 at the Highland Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours at the Latzer Homestead. Mason will be there to share her project.

The Highland Sesquicentennial Surname Index is $10 and will be available at The Giving Tree, Lee’s Fine Jewelry Loans & More, First Clover Leaf Bank and Louis Latzer Library, all in Highland, or by calling 654-6781.

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