Another Highland livery

About 1903, Charles Longmire built a new livery of brick on Pacific Street, between Palm Avenue and Center Street. At the time this photo was taken, ownership had changed to A.A. Roseberry.

Last week we traced the history of the Highland Livery from the 1897 to 1907 when Charles Longmire sold the lots which included his home and business to his father, Rufus Longmire, and the livery business to A.A. “Mack” Johnson, “an experienced liveryman.”

Johnson, did not remain long at the Highland Livery, selling to Joe L. Burk in 1908, who, in turn, sold in 1910 to A.A. Roseberry.

Again, two years later, in 1912, Roseberry traded his livery business to J.E. Grossen for a four-acre orange grove on Olive Street.

After this time, there is a lack of information, both on Grossen and the subsequent sale of the business. However, it is documented that A.J. “Gus” Garner owned the livery in 1915 and at least until 1920. Garner became Constable Garner in 1922 and continued in that position until his sudden death in 1932.

Both Charles Longmire and Gus Garner became Highland Constables, who also both owned the livery for more than two years.

Owning a livery business had its problems. There were stolen horses, wrecked rigs, found horses, which were stabled, fed and watered until the owner could be found and billed for the expense. Horses died and had to be replaced.

One 1903 story illustrates the kinds of problems that can occur. Dr. C.C. Browning drove his horse and buggy into the stable, but didn’t “hitch” the horse. There were two other horses nearby, one of which kicked, spooking Dr. Browning’s horse, who broke wildly through the corral bars and continued through C.M. Hill’s blacksmith shop, “where the buggy was left, a candidate for the scrap pile.” The horse was finally contained by Hill, “but the buggy was depreciated by about 75 percent.”

It is unclear when the livery closed, but we do know that it became a packinghouse. Sam Finkle packed as an independent house from about 1934 to 1942. At some point he sold to an “out of town man,” a Mr. Bennet. Information was also sparse on this gentleman.

In 1946, Roy E. Behrens and his son Gerald “Jerry” purchased the building from Mr. Bennet, establishing the Highland Welding and Machine Shop.

In January 1963, Roy Behrens and Leo Donahue formed a corporation under the name of Graphic Engineers, Inc. Leo Donahue was owner and publisher of the Highland Messenger newspaper from 1945 to 1963. The paper was printed by Graphic Engineers, Inc. They could barely keep up with their new press, so, they invented and patented the Count-o-veyor, a machine that “jogs, stacks, bundles and counts papers.” Such was the demand for this new machine, Roy and Leo merged with Baldwin-Gegenheimer, Inc., of Stamford. Conn., becoming Baldwin-Graphic Engineers, Inc. in 1971.

There was still an ad for Baldwin-Graphics Engineers, Inc. in 1980. Roy Behrens died in 1983 and Leo Donahue died in 1995.

A great wind blew through Highland about 1981, damaging the old livery building and in 1988 it was razed. A piece of history gone.

Recommended for you

(2) comments


My Grt Grt Grandfather was Alvin A Roseberry that owned the livery


My Grt Grt Grandfather was Alvin A Roseberry that owned the livery .

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.