Biography of H. H. Holley
Tulare County, CA Biographies





H. H. HOLLEY.
Among the professional men of Tulare county none has occupied a higher place in the esteem of the public than H. IL Holley, who, in his capacity as a consulting civil engineer, has performed very important and appreciated service for the district in which he lives. He was born in Dorset, Vermont, on the 16th day of August, 1879, the son of Hiland and Mary Elizabeth (Sykes) Holley. He is the scion of a sterling old New England family, which was founded in America by John Holley in 1618. Hiland Holley was for many years engaged in the marble business in Vermont, cutting the stone from his own quarry. In 1888 he brought his family to California, locating in Los Angeles, but subsequently moving to Palo Alto, where his death occurred. He was the father of three sons: C. H., of Exeter, California; E. L., of Los Angeles, and H. H., of this review.

H. H. Holley received a good public school education and then entered Stanford University, from which he was graduated with the degrees of Bachelor of Arts in Mining Engineering. For a number of years he was employed in northern California and in Mexico, following his profession, and in 1904 he came to Visalia and has since been engaged here as a consulting engineer. From 1908 to 1912 he was in partnership with his brother, C. H. Holley, prior to that time having been in the employ of the Mount Whitney Power Company, now the Southern California Edison Company. Since the dissolution of the partnership he has been alone in the practice of his profession.

Mr. Holley is a member of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Association of Engineers. Locally he is a member of the advisory council of the Sun Maid Raisin Growers Association, is a member of the city library board, member of the Delta Mosquito Abatement District, and of the local council of Boy Scouts. Besides his professional interests he is the owner of forty acres of fruit and vineyard near Ivanhoe.

Mr. Holley was married to Miss Grace H. Bruckman, a native of Utah. After her graduation from Stanford University she was instructor in Stanford University for one year and also did some high school teaching prior to her marriage. To Mr. and Mrs. Holley have been born five children, namely: Marion, who is a senior in the Visalia high school; Sanford, Richard, Patricia and Anne. Mr. Holley's relations with the community in which he lives have been those of a public spirited man, alive to the best interests of his fellows. Well educated, a close observer of men and events, and a man of decided convictions, he has exerted a large influence in the development of this section and his efforts have been fully appreciated by those familiar with his work.

From:
History of Tulare County, California
By: Kathleen Edwards Small
and
Kings County, California
By: J. Larry Smith
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago 1926


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