W. E. Holaday, the well known cattleman, rancher and banker of Tipton, is among the favorably known and representative
citizens of Tulare county, having by his indomitable enterprise and progressive methods contributed in a material
way to the advancement of the community. He was born in Tulare on the 20th day of March, 1888, the son of Miles
and Frances (Mann) Holaday. These parents, who were born, reared and married in Iowa, came to Tulare county in
the '70s, settled on land near Tulare and Miles Holaday gained considerable prominence as a successful rancher
and public spirited citizen. The father died in 1919 and his wife passed away in 1923.
W. E. Holaday was reared on his father's farm and secured a good common school and high school education. For awhile
after leaving school he clerked in stores in Tulare and Taft, then became associated with his father in law, W.
M. Thomson, and his brother, Carter Holaday, under the firm name of Thomson & Holaday Brothers, in the cattle
business. They have been very successful and have handled an enormous number of cattle and hogs. Mr. Holaday also
assists in caring for Mr. Thomson's lands, comprising about eight hundred acres of fine land, devoted to cattle
raising and farming. Mr. Holaday is the owner of a fine ranch of forty acres and has been very successful in its
operation. Mr. Holaday is a member of the board of directors of the Farmers State Bank of Tulare and Tipton and
was one of the organizers of the branch bank in Tipton. He has been deeply interested in educational affairs and
has rendered efficient service' as a member of the school board.
Mr. Holaday was married to Miss Gladys Thomson, the daughter of W. M. Thomson, who is represented elsewhere in
this work, and they are the parents of two children; Billy and Gale. He is a member of the Benevolent Protective
Order of Elks and he and his wife have membership in the Order of the Eastern Star. The qualities which have made
Mr. Holaday one of the successful men of his community have also brought him the esteem of his fellowmen, who appreciate
his many fine qualities of character.
History of Tulare County, California
By: Kathleen Edwards Small
Kings County, California
By: J. Larry Smith
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
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