Pueblo County, Colorado

Contributed by Karen Mitchell.

Edgar C. Highberger, who is filling the position of county clerk in Pueblo County, discharging his duties with marked promptness, efficiency and fidelity, was born in Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, on the 10th of June, 1865, and is a son of David and Sarah (Harold) Highberger. The father was a farmer by occupation, devoting his life to that pursuit in order to provide for his family, which numbered four sons and three daughters, of whom Edgar C. is the second in order of birth. David Highberger is now living retired at the advanced age of eighty-five years, but his wife has passed away. Edgar C. Highberger, spending his youthful days under the parental roof, is indebted to the public school system of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, for the educational opportunities which he enjoyed in youth and which qualified him for life's practical and responsible duties. After passing through consecutive grades to the high school he became a student in the Normal School and later took up the profession of teaching, which he capably followed for five years. He then turned his attention to commercial pursuits and was engaged in clerking in different mercantile establishments at various points in the east until 1890, when he removed westward to Colorado and accepted a position as clerk in a dry goods store in Pueblo. He has since made his home in this city and was identified with its commercial interests for eighteen years or until he was elected to his present position as county clerk. No higher testimonial of his capability and faithful service could be given than the fact that reelection has continued him in the office for five terms. He is painstaking and careful in the discharge of all of his duties, is thoroughly accurate and systematic and his course has received the strong endorsement of popular suffrage. Moreover, he was elected to the position on the democratic ticket in a county which gives a normal republican majority. On the 17th of October, 1894, Mr. Highberger was united in marriage to Miss Grace Tuttle, of Wisconsin, the wedding being celebrated in Pueblo. She is a daughter of Edgar A. Tuttle and by her marriage has become the mother of two children: Robert T., who is now in the United States army; and Grace. Fraternally Mr. Highberger is connected with the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, the Modern Woodmen of America and the Woodmen of the World, while his religious faith is that of the Congregational church. He is widely and favorably known, having a circle of friends almost coextensive with the circle of his acquaintance, and he is today the oldest in length of service among the county officials. History Of Colorado Illustrated Volume II Chicago The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company 1918

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