Monday, June 6, 2016

TWO HORSE POWER HAY BALER. Andrew Jackson Holland with his son David M. Holland: Grandfather and father of Dr. V.M. Holland


What we are looking at is a hay bale pressing machine set up with two horses... a TWO HORSE POWER HAY BALER. 

The photo was taken by a traveling photographer who did photos for hire with wealthy land owners and business men who wanted a photo of their "pride and joy" here it is his crew of hay balers with the capital investment of the machinery and horses that was his trade in the community. My sister is doing a wonderful job of picking up where our father  Dr. V.M. Holland left off with puzzling out our family history. Lots of work remains with this image... love to have any comments about the others in the photo or about the process of baling hay with that press.

"Found this photo with negatives that Dad had stored.  Original was a postcard (bad condition) with marking on the back “Mordie and Will”, not Dad’s handwriting.  Mordie is young boy, wearing a hat in center of photo.  Will is in front of the lead horse/ mule.  One of the men is probably their father, Andrew Jackson.  Not sure if it is the one beside Mordie or the one turning his head, standing in front to the far right.  Date:  very early 1900’s, is a guess; Location:  Tennessee"

"Andrew Jackson Holland was born in 1860,  David Mordie Holland was  born in 1895.  Dr. V.M.  was born in 1918.  If Mordie was 15 in the photo, the year would have been 1910.  They are baling hay.  I did some checking on the internet and the harness on the horse is low and the rod looks like what was used with a hay press"

The man almost dead center on the platform in this photo and  to the viewer's right side of the boy in the hat on the platform .. would be my Great Grandfather Andrew Jackson Holland before he loses eye sight in one of his eyes. The boy beside him would be my Grandfather David Mordie Holland, the father of Dr. V.M. Holland.  Can you identify anyone else in the photo?

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Velma Holland of Fairplay Texas

Mollie Velma Mangham Holland, 102, of the Fair Play Community, passed away on Wednesday morning, Feb. 17, 2016, in Carthage.

She was born on July 8, 1913, in Fairplay Texas to the late Arlin G. and Nancy Viola Malone Mangham.

 Mrs. Holland married Robert Cayce Holland, Sr. and he preceded her in death on April 25, 1994. She was a homemaker, loved gardening, cooking, and canning. She enjoyed making fruitcakes for her family and friends and was loved by all who knew her.

Mrs. Holland lived her lifetime in Panola County and was a member of the Rebecca’s and Allison Chapel United Methodist Church. She was also preceded in death by a son, Robert Cayce Holland, Jr.; brothers, J.C., James Allen, Ben, and Charles Thomas Mangham; and sisters, Laverne Andrus and Opal Byrd.

Survivors include her son, Jimmy C. Holland and wife Peggy of Houston; daughter, Ruby Nell Eason and husband Floyce of Kilgore; 9 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; 27 great-great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-great-grandchildren. Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends also survive Mrs. Holland.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016, at Jimerson-Lipsey Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, at Jimerson-Lipsey Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Lynn Loe and Terry Holland officiating. Interment will follow in Waldrop Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Floyce Eason, Jr., Wayne Cain, Tim Holland, Richard Holland, Raylon Eason, Rodney Hensley, Chad Hensley, and Mark Sanders.

Memorials may be made to Allison Chapel UMC, c/o Jo Harris, 5086 U.S. Hwy. 79 South, Carthage, TX 75633 or to Waldrop Cemetery Assn., P.O. Box 251, Carthage, TX 75633.

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