In these times of modern invention and improvement, so much of the comfort of living is due to the plumber and gas fitter that the business has become one of the greatest interest and importance to all. The efficient and capable business man whose name introduces this sketch is a practical plumber and gas fitter, and is also much more -being one of the city's leading legislators and one of the most energetic and progressive among its well known business men. H.H. Highlands was born in Carroll county, Ohio, November 8, 1858, and is a son of Daniel and Mary (Gregory) Highlands, both parents natives of the same county and state. During the late war Daniel Highlands served his country as private in the One Hundred and Forty-first Ohio volunteer infantry, and died in the year 1864.
H.H. Highlands received a practical education in the public schools, and when eighteen years of age engaged with the Alliance (Ohio) Gas Light company, of which in a few years he was made manager. In 1883 he accepted a position with the American Water Works and Guarantee company of Pittsburg, Pa., and built the gas works and the electric plant, also of that city, and the water works at Connellsville, Pa., and superintended the construction of the gas plants at Muncie and Marion, Ind.; he then returned to Muncie and for some years had sole charge of the construction of the water and gas company's plants. In 1887, in partnership with P.T. Kirby, Mr. Highlands purchased the business of the Muncie Plumbing company, which, under the firm name of Highlands & Kirby, continued until January 1, 1891, when Mr. Kirby retired and Mr. Highlands became sole possessor. At that date he severed his connection with the American Water Works and Guarantee company, since which time he has done an extensive wholesale business, and is now the leading dealer in chandeliers, gas fixtures, etc., in Muncie. He is prominent in many ways in the city, being an important member of the Masonic fraternity and a charter member and one of the leading movers and organizers of that important business association, the Citizens' Enterprise company, which has resulted so greatly to the benefit of Muncie city and Delaware county. He was one of the first to drill many of the gas wells in the vicinity of Muncie, and to his energy, perseverance and wise foresight is the city largely indebted for its present position as the leading city in the great Indiana gas belt.
Politically Mr. Highlands has bee a potent factor in the republican party of Delaware county, and his efforts in behalf of the city have been rewarded by his election to the common council, of which body he is a leading spirit. He is a true guardian of the interests of the city, a man of clear cut ideas, keen and thoughtful, and his career as a municipal legislator proves him to be a true servant of the people. He also served as chairman of the judiciary committee in 1891. Mr. Highlands was married in 1888 to Miss Margaret H. Smith, daughter of M.C. Smith, Esq., of Muncie, and has one child -Hubert Highlands. Mrs. Highlands is a member of the Episcopal church and a lady of culture, intelligence and fine social qualities. The family is much esteemed in Muncie, and move in the best social circles in the city.
A Portrait and Biographical Record of Delaware and Randolph Counties, Ind., A.W. Bowen & Co., 1894