Biography of Alanson P. Holly



Barry County

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Also see [Railway Officials in America 1906]

ALANSON P. HOLLY, although not a pioneer in the township of Woodland, was one of its most enterprising men and citizens, being truly what is called a self-made man. He was born in the township of Whitehall, Washington Co., N. Y., June 7, 1817. His father, Birdsill Holly, was a carpenter by trade, and Alanson, early giving evidence of a natural taste for mechanics, was apprenticed at the machinist trade and soon became one of the best, and worked as foreman in the shop of Abel Downs for twenty years. He then went to Lockport, N. Y., and worked for his brother-who was the inventor of the Holly water-works-in the Holly Manufacturing Company's shops.

In August, 1866, Alanson, together with his family, moved to Woodland, where he bought a tract of land, but for eight years traveled for the Holly Manufacturing Company; at the expiration of that time he returned to his farm in Woodland, and continued farming operations until his death, which occurred May 15, 1879. Mr. Holly's wife, whom he married Oct. 13, 1840, was a Miss Harriet Stowell, a native of Bainbridge, Chenango Co., N. Y., and the second in a family of ten children. To this union were born five children, Ira A., born March 27, 1843; Susan J., born Feb. 22, 1845; William Perry, Jan. 8, 1847; Fred Henry, born June 28, 1850; and Burt S., born Nov. 10, 1857. Ira A. Holly is settled in Burlington, Iowa, the others in different parts of Michigan, the mother and one son living on the second farm purchased by Mr. Holly, the one he first purchased when he came to Michigan being one half mile east of the centre, where he resided two years. A view of their present home we give upon another page of this work.

History of Allegan and Berry Counties, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of Their Men and Pioneers.
D. W. Ensign & Co., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincoff & Co., Philadelphia.

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