Nestled between the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains, the town that would become Holland was founded by Arthur Humphrey, Abner Currier, and Jared Scott, who traveled from Vermont by oxen in 1807 and settled in a beautiful valley that was once an Indian trail. In 1818, the town of Willink was divided into three towns: Holland, Aurora, and Wales; Holland became a township in April 1818. The town flourished and soon contained general stores, hotels, schools, and churches. Holland was a mostly agricultural community, but locals could also find work in the local mills, tannery, and spring works company. The start of the 20th century brought tragedy as the town suffered severe losses to its business district in the great fire of 1910. The following year, businesses rebuilt. This book--a celebration of Holland's history and its people--has been created to coincide with the town's bicentennial in 2018.
About the Author
Karen L. Kline grew up in the Holland valley where the first settlers made their homes. She is retired after a 39-year career at Fisher-Price and has served on the Holland Town Board for 17 years. Sandra B. Smith has been the Town of Holland historian since 2000. She has resided in Holland for most of her life and held the position of Holland town clerk for 24 years before retiring. Both authors are members of the Holland Historical Society.
Table of Contents
1 Settling Holland 11
2 Historic Homes 21
3 Mills, Dams, and Agriculture 31
4 Hotels and Transportation 43
5 Education at Holland Central School 55
6 Military Service and Fire Rescue 65
7 Religious Life 77
8 Sports and Recreation 87
9 Community 97
10 Business District 109