PART 2 – THE SETTLERS AND THEIR COMMUNITY
* Highland’s native environment (topography, geology and flora) and its influence on settlement.
* Wildlife (bears, wolves, etc.) and its interaction with earliest settlers.
* Interactions with native peoples; known Indian camp sites and graveyards.
* Sense of community independent of political boundaries. Churches as a focus of community identity.
* Township government – how established, annual town meetings, and now-forgotten township officials and their duties
* Early infrastructure – Indian trails, earliest roads, etc. Difficulties in travel generally.
* Early post offices and postal services.
* Health – prevalence of malaria; earliest doctors; longevity and mortality; establishment of township’s cemeteries.
* Attitudes toward intoxicants – beer and hard cider commonly consumed (even by children), early taverns, temperance movements, etc. First orchards and cider mill.
* First churches (including a small Mormon settlement in the southeast part of the township.)
* First schools.
* Amusements and recreations – cabin raisings, bees of various sorts, hunting, harvesting, etc. Churches as social centers.