Edward C. Hollister, who is sole owner of the Pleasanton Lumber Company, was born near Decorah, Iowa, January
31, 1858, a son of Elisha and Mary A. (Edwards) Hollister, both natives of Connecticut. The father, who was by
occupation a farmer, removed to Winneslick county, Iowa, in 1856 and purchased land north of Decorah, on which
the famous Indian chief, Wirmeshiek, was buried. At that time there were no railroads in that section of Iowa and
the conditions of life were those of the western frontier. Mr. Hollister improved his farm and aided in the development
of his county along other lines as well. After residing there for a number of years he sold out and went to Jones
county, Iowa, buying land in Greenfield township. Later he sold that place also and removed to Kansas, where he
became the owner of four hundred acres of land, which he operated until he retired from active life and removed
to Sabetha, that state, where he died in February, 1898. He had survived his wife for almost twenty years, her
demise occurring June 16, 1878.
Edward C. Hollister received his education in the public schools of Mechanicsville, Iowa, and remained with his
father until he was twenty three years of age. He then farmed on his own account for two years in Jones county,
after which he went to Cherokee county and cultivated rented land for two years. He next removed to Kansas, where
he purchased a quarter section adjoining his father's farm and devoted his time to the cultivation and improvement
of his land for twelve years. At the end of that time he traded that farm for two hundred and thirty five acres
in Hamilton township, this county, which he cultivated until 1908. He then rented the place and removed to Pleasanton,
buying the lumber business known as the Pleasanton Lumber Company. He has since conducted that business and has
met with gratifying success.
Mr. Hollister was married on the 28th of November, 1882, to Miss Martha A. Peaco, a daughter of James and Eliza
(Keller) Peaco, natives of Virginia. Her father was the proprietor of a foundry in Virginia and during the Civil
war served in the Confederate army. Both he and his wife passed away in their native state. Mr. and Mrs. Hollister
have three children: Emmett, thirty one years of age, who resides in St. Joseph, Missouri; Belva, twenty five years
old, the wife of J. Emmett Leeper, Jr., a resident of North Dakota; and Frank, who is twenty three years of age
and is operating the farm belonging to our subject.
Mr. Hollister is a democrat and has taken an active part in local political affairs. For two terms he served as
township clerk, was at one time mayor of Pleasanton and is at present a member of the town council. His religious
faith is that of the Methodist church and fraternally he is connected with the Masons, the Modern Woodmen and the
Ancient Order of United Workmen. He is energetic, possesses sound judgment and observes the highest business ethics,
and the success which he has gained as proprietor of the Pleasanton Lumber Company is well deserved.
History of Decatur County, Iowa
And its People
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Decatur County, IA
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