Biography of Harry H. Hollidge
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HARRY H. HOLLIDGE
Possessing those qualities which make for success in the insurance field, Harry H. Hollidge is well known in Oakland as a partner in the firm of Berger & Hollidge, conducting a general insurance business the scope of which is shown in their slogan, "We insure anything against everything." Close application, earnest purpose and a laudable ambition have carried him steadily forward and he has contributed in substantial measure to the continuous success of the firm in which he is a partner.

Born in Tacoma, Washington, on the 14th of January, 1886, Harry H. Hollidge is a son of George H. and Jennie (Tibbs) Hollidge, who were born, reared and married in London, England. In young manhood the father was employed for a time as a pipe fitter in Australia, whence he came to the new world, establishing his home in Seattle. There he installed the first gas and water plant of the city and afterward he performed a similar public service in Tacoma, Washington, where he made his home for fifteen years. He next went to Merced, California, where he became superintendent of the Merced Gas and Electric Company, and he likewise installed the first electric power plant at Merced Falls. Later he accepted a position with the Pacific Gas and Electric Company in Oakland and following his withdrawal from that business connection engaged in building operations, specializing in "better homes." He and his wife now reside in Oakland, Mr. Hollidge being seventy six years of age and his wife seventy three.

The youthful days of Harry H. Hollidge were largely passed in Merced and in Oakland, where he acquired his education through attendance at the public schools. In 1905 he initiated his business career by securing a position as stenographer with the Pacific Coast Lumber & Mill Company of Oakland, while subsequently he entered the employ of the Yawman & Erbe Manufacturing Company, with which he remained for fifteen years, the length of his service with that corporation being proof of his capability and fidelity. In 1924 he entered into partnership with J. A. Berger, who has devoted practically his entire life to the insurance business. The firm has since conducted a general insurance office at 1441 Franklin street and the partners are concentrating their efforts and attention upon the further development of a business that has already reached most substantial proportions. They handle life, automobile, fire, liability, plate glass, bonds, tourist baggage, accident and health and workmen's compensation insurance and in fact "insure anything against everything," meeting the public demand for a centralized agent in every kind of insurance, which they place with some of the oldest and best known insurance corporations of the country. They give expert advice to their clients as to the kind of policy that is best for their protection along specific lines and their reliability and progressiveness have gained for them many clients.

In 1907 Mr. Hollidge was united in marriage to Miss Marie Lane, a native of Kansas, and they have become parents of two children, George and Harry, Jr.

For ten years Mr. Hollidge was a member of the Oakland Rotary Club, losing his membership due to the change which he made in his business. He is now a member of the Altrurians, a club composed of former Rotarians, and he is also identified with the Knights of the Round Table, while he and his wife have been members of the First Methodist Episcopal church for more than twenty years, taking great interest in all lines of church work and especially in the Epworth League, which is the young people's department of that organization. Mr. Hollidge is a man of sterling character and agreeable personality, manifesting a helpful interest in every phase of community life, and has won an enviable place in the respect and good will of his fellowmen.

From:
History of Alameda County, California
BY: Frank Clinton Merritt
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago, Ill 1928


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