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June 7, 1955


Eugene E Highman, 67, for many years an influential figure in Mt. Vernon and Posey county financial and civiic affairs, died Sunday (5 Jun 1955) morning at his home at 2222 East Orange Grove avenue, Pasadena, Calif., the Weisinger Funeral Home was advised today.


The body will be returned to Mt. Vernon for funeral service and burial.  It will arrive at the Weisinger funeral late Thursday evening.  Vicar William E. Stark, of St. John's Episcopal Church, will officiate at the funeral service at 3 p.m. Friday in the Weisinger chapel.  Burial will be in Bellefontaine cemetery.  The family request is for no floral offerings.


The wife, the former Lucile Hardwick of Mt. Vernon, and their two sons, Robert E. Highman and Glen H Highman, will accompany the body to Mt. Vernon.  Robert E. Highman is a sales promotion manager in Pasadena and Glenn H Highman is a member of a Pasadena brokerage firm.


A sister Mrs Anabel Highman Griff, Gary, Ind and her son George H Griffin, will arrive in Mt. Vernon Thursday night.  Other survivors of the late deceased are a sister, Mrs. S. C. Aldredge, Albuquerque, N. M. and two grandsons, Robert E. Highman Jr and Richard Lee Highman, Pasadena.


Mr. Highman's health failed 10 years ago upon the development of emphysema, an aftermath of gas in World War I during his Army service in Europe.  He had been an invalid for the last five years.


The Highman family left Mt. Vernon in 1932 and resided in Chicago where Mr. Highman was a federal bank receiver.  Nine years ago they located in Pasadena.


Mr. Highman was born in Mt. Vernon, the son of Edward E Highman and Kate Schnee Highman.  The father was for many years president of Home Mill and Grain Company and First National Bank and a Democratic leader and public office holder.


Following graduation from Culver Military Academy and military service in World War I, the late deceased returned to Mr. Vernon and became an employee of First National Bank, rising to the position of cashier.  His marriage to Lucile Hardwick took place in 1919.


His civic service was of monumental proportions.  He was a past president of Mt. Vernon Chamber of Commerce, a charter member of Mt. Vernon Kiwanis Club, one of the organizers of Owen Dunn post,  No.5, American Legion, and for many years an influential Elk and Mason.


Long years of illness resulted in his withdrawal from the organizations to which he had contributed so much in service and leadership.


Originally submitted by Betty Sellers