While researching today’s story, a couple of interesting thoughts came to mind.
Highland and Redlands had very close ties in their citrus endeavors. Also, East Highlands students attended Redlands schools, and Highlanders did a good deal of shopping in Redlands.
Highland also seems to have had a very close connection to Colton with regard to the newspaper business. If you have been following the series on the Highland newspaper’s publishers and editors, you will see this connection.
Why Colton seems to have been a center for the newspaper enterprise requires further study, but today we will see this “tradition” carried on by Kyle Alexander.
Kyle Alexander was a San Bernardino native. His father A.P. Alexander was born in San Bernardino in 1860. His mother was Temperance Vaughn Alexander, who was born in the Warm Springs area. Her family later moved to Colton.
Kyle married Doris Hoskyn on Dec. 19, 1915 at the home of her parents in Los Angeles. Her father, the Rev. Mr. Hoskyn was the second pastor of the Highland Methodist Church. The couple had two children: Halbert E. and Bernice Alexander Whitby.
In 1921, Kyle and Doris moved to Highland. At the time, F.S. Hosfelt, of Colton, appears to have been the owner of the Highland Messenger. Mr. Alexander was hired by Mrs. Verna Hosfelt Hall to work in Highland, Rialto, Bloomington, and then Colton. In Highland he was managing editor, and his wife, Doris, served as society editor for many years.
On June 10, 1949, Mrs. Alexander began serving as Highland’s Postmaster, retiring in August of 1961 and passing on her duties to her son Halbert. Her original duties in the post office began in 1943 as a clerk under Robert Ascot.
The couple took an active interest in all civic affairs. Mrs. Alexander was a past president of the Highland Woman’s Club and the Highland Congregational Church, as was her husband.
Mr. Alexander was a past president of the Highland Chamber of Commerce, a member of Kiwanis, and the Colton Chamber of Commerce. In 1964, Mr. Alexander was honored by the Highland Chamber of Commerce as “Man of the Year.” Kyle was also a member of the Highland Knights of Pythias.
In 1948, Kyle was appointed head of the Colton office of the Sun Telegram, retiring in 1958. Even after his retirement, he wrote for several years a weekly column called “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.”
On Oct. 23, 1964, while Mr. and Mrs. Alexander were in San Diego, following a Starlight Civic Opera Association banquet for sustaining members, Mr. Alexander was fatally stricken with a heart attack.
His death concluded a 50-year career in the newspaper business, which began with the San Diego Union. He had also owned the National City News and Chula Vista Review. Prior to coming to Highland in 1921, he worked in Brea and on the La Habra Star. His conclusion with the Highland Messenger seems to have been about 1944.
Mr. and Mrs. Alexander contributed greatly to the Highland area and surrounding communities, and to our newspaper history.