Highland News Leader

A Thought to Remember: David Bimes gets my ‘Tip of the Hat’ this Thanksgiving

I’m giving my personal “Tip of the Hat” award this Thanksgiving to David Bimes for his perseverance through personal hardship. He is one of the most jovial people I know and an inspiration to myself and others.

Also, here’s a warning: Hunters beware!

Do not make the same mistake that a hunter made in 1900 or another hunter did in 1960. I will be starting my column with a quote from the Good Old Days from the year 1900: “John Lorenz lost a valuable cow through the carelessness of hunters. When he went to the pasture, and he found the cow dead, with a load of shot in the side.”

That was sad, but Highland’s David Bimes was shot in the face on Sept. 25, 1960 in a hunting accident. This was terrible!

David was only 23 years old at the time of the shooting, and his daughter, Vicky, was just 2. David had to have both eyes removed and has been in total darkness since. His wife, Maria, and their daughter have been his eyes and his caregivers. David has received four guide dogs over the years, which enabled him to walk from his home to Buzzies, plus other areas.

Now, David has another fight. He has Parkinson’s and is unable to take his familiar walks along Walnut Street.

Despite his medical challenges, David has the best outlook on life you can imagine. We could all take a lesson from him on how to appreciate the gifts that we have been given.

Please be careful hunters. Let’s have no more accidents.

I was looking back at the early 1900s in the of the Good Old Days of Highland News Leader, which is a real attraction for the history buffs of Highland. I have gone through the year of 1900 and picke out some of the different and unusual happenings.

▪ The Highland City Council employed Edward Hughes as city electrician. Highland was also issuing bonds in the denomination of $100, with 4 percent interest, to build up the electric plant.

▪ Henry Utzinger sold his residence, which was located just west of his Utzinger’s Western Hotel on 6th Street to Theodore Schwarz of Grantfork. Arnold Appel fixed the tower clock of the Evangelical Church, on 9th Street, which had been out of order for some time.

▪ The Rev. Schierbaum of the Grantfork Evangelical Church, left Grantfork to take charge of the Mineral Hotel at Okawville, Ill.

▪ Fridolin Landolt was building a new residence, and William Walter was building a new residence and barn. Christ Niggli bought the Senn farm for $30 an acre. John Senn bought the fixtures of the New Home Saloon and took possession July 1, 1900. H.A. Mewes of Pierron sold his Pierron store shares to Phillip Hartlieb. Franklin Beck’s barber shop had burglars trying to enter his business, but were frightened away.

▪ The Frauenverein of St. Paul Catholic Church celebrated their golden jubilee.

▪ At a meeting of the Highland Volunteer Fire Department elected Constant Rappenecker, (the cigar maker) their chief.

▪ Dr. F.X. Fischer of Germantown, moved to Highland and began practice of medicine here.

▪ Mr. and Mrs. Fritz Eiffert left for Germany, and Joseph Dubach of Highland, Jules Lebegue and Fred Leriche of Sebastopol, left for Europe and the World’s Fair in Paris.

▪ Wm. Ebel, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Phil Ebel was fatally injured while assisting George Vulliet in sawing wood when he fell into he saw.

▪ The best wheat delivered to the Highland Mill in four years weighed 62 pounds and was delivered by Fritz Koch.

▪ Fred Gyger moved his store into the Tuffli building. The Highland Store Co. completed an addition to the northeast of their building, at Broadway and Pine.

▪ The Woodman Camp celebrated Woodmen’s Memorial Day on June 17, 1900. J.P. Streuber delivered the English address and C.T. Kurz, formerly of Marine, gave the German address.

▪ On Sept. 1, 1900, Kurz started the English language Highland Leader.

▪ Felix Knauer of St. Louis opened a shoe repair shop in Highland.

▪ The Highland Milling Co. was paying 32 cents a bushel for new corn. That was the highest price paid in the preceding 12 years.

St. Rose Postmaster F.B. Fischer sold his store and business property in St. Rose to the Schuette Brothers for $6,000.

▪ John Latzer, the son of Louis Latzer’s graduated from the University of Illinois and entered upon a position as chemist for the Helvetia Milk Condensing Co.

▪ Louis Spengel was having a two-story addition on the north end of his store at Broadway and Cypress.

▪ Theodore Moehlenrich sold his saddlery and harness business to George Klein.

▪ The Leutwiler Highland Club for McKinley-Roosevelt for President had a membership of 300.

▪ August “Gus” Koch and family returned from Edwardsville, where he had been employed as a barber. He again returned to the Otto Hoefle Barber Shop.

▪ Christ Yann brought in a watermelon that was 44 inches in diameter and 51 inches long. He sold it to Sam Leutwiler. (I hope he had a large crowd coming to his home, or maybe he made watermelon wine.) Sam Leutwiler also purchased a carload of Concord grapes from Ohio.

▪ August Tuffli purchased the J.S. Frey property on Lindenthal Avenue for $650. Mrs. Pfeffer sold her residence to Edward Henry of St. Louis, for $1,050. Franklin Beck moved his barber shop adjacent to the Tschudy Sisters millinery shop. (That would probably have been the old wooden Post Office on Main Street, where the Helvetia Township Office has been built today.)

▪ Bert Schiettinger returned from Cape Nome, Alaska, where he had been in the gold rush, in the Yukon Region.

▪ John N. Leef bought the Mrs. S. Winter property for $660.

▪ Postmaster Louis J. Appel was busy mapping out and planning the new rural free delivery routes that were to be started in November for all local farmers.

▪ Jacob Gehrig of Alhambra was thrown from his wagon, run over by one of his wagon wheels & killed.

▪ Charles Tuffli of Highland was elected Coroner of Madison County at the November 1900 election.

▪ George Kline bought six lots, just east of Bonacker’s Steam Laundry.

▪ The Rev. Oscar Fager of St. Louis started a course on gymnastics instructions at the Turner Hall (where the Weinheimer Building is today).

▪ The Highland Store Co. was selling turkey's for 9 cents a pound.

▪ A meeting was called at Schlaeppi Saloon to organize a Swiss Club.

▪ Henry O. Rogier, teacher at the Kyle School, was presented with an umbrella for Christmas.

Have a great Thanksgiving.

Anderson Cemetery Workday Rescheduled

The Anderson Cemetery work day originally scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 18, which was rained out, has been rescheduled for Saturday, Nov. 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. College students or others home for Thanksgiving are welcome to help put up the south chain link fence and install the final six tombstones that have been cleaned and repaired. Volunteers sure could use additional help. Call 654-5005 if you are available. Ham and cheese sandwiches will be served at noon.