History of Decatur County, Iowa
Unless otherwise noted, biographies submitted by Dick Barton.
J. M. Hollinger, of Morgan township, is well and
favorably known throughout Decatur
county. For almost a quarter of a
century he served ably and
conscientiously as county surveyor and he has for many years been
closely identified with the agricultural development of his locality.
He is also entitled to honor and respect as a veteran of the Civil
war and in times of peace has manifested the same devotion to the public good that led him to offer his services to his country
in the '60s.
Mr. Hollinger was born in Columbiana county,
Ohio, November 7, 1840, a son of John and Sarah (Wollam) Hollinger.
The paternal great- grandfather, John Hollinger, was a native of Virginia
and fought in the Continental army
during the Revolutionary war. His
son John was born in Virginia on
the 6th of September, 1777, and married Miss Hannah March, who
was also born in Virginia on the 11th of October, 1780.
For some time they resided
in western Pennsylvania but in 1801 they removed to Ohio with their family, including their son John, who was born
in Pennsylvania on the 14th of
June, 1814. In young manhood he
married Miss Sarah Wollam, who was
born in Ohio on the 8th of March, 1820. They
continued to reside in Ohio until
called by death, the father of our subject
dying on the 11th of March, 1894, and the mother on the 1st of June,
1891. The family is of German
J. M. Hollinger was reared under the parental
roof and during his boyhood an
youth attended the common schools in Ohio.
Later he became a student in
Mount Union College, that state, where he remained for two years.
In August, 1862, however, he put aside all personal considerations
and offered his services to his country, enlisting at Bucyrus
in Company C, One Hundred and First Ohio Volunteer Infantry.
He was at the front with
that command for three years and one month and took
part in many engagements, including that of Perrysville, Ohio, October
8, 1862; Knob's Gap, December 24, 1862; and Stone river, which began
December 30th of that year and continued for several days.
On New Year's day, 1863,
while serving under General Rosecrans in the last named
battle, he received three wounds, one in the breast, one in the left shoulder and one in the right foot. This necessitated his being sent to a hospital and he remained there until August, 1863,
when he was transferred to the
Forty-third Company, Second Battalion, Veteran Reserve
Corps, where he remained as chief clerk at the Denison United States
General Hospital until mustered out at Camp Denison, near Cincinnati,
Ohio. After the close of the war he
entered the employ of John Zumstein,
of Cincinnati, a sutler, and in the capacity of chief clerk went to Jefferson barracks, St. Louis, where he remained
for three years.
After leaving St. Louis Mr. Hollinger went to
Colorado and later to California and on this trip saw a great deal of the western
country. In May, 1868, he located in Decatur county, Iowa, purchasing
forty acres of land in Morgan
township. Later he bought an
additional forty acres and he has
long been numbered among the successful farmers of that township.
With the help of his son he still operates the place, which is well
He has also given a good deal of time to public service as in 1889
he was elected county surveyor on the republican ticket and held that
office for twenty-three years, after which he refused to again become
a candidate. He has also served for
sixteen years as clerk of Morgan
On December 25, 1872, Mr. Hollinger married Miss
Elzina J. Shields, a daughter of Madison and Cynthia (Long) Shields, natives
respectively of Virginia and of
Pennsylvania. He was of Yankee
stock and she of Dutch descent.
They were married in Ohio and there she passed away when Mrs. Hollinger
was but six years of age. Mr.
Shields subsequently married Miss
Mary Jane Turner, of Gallia county, Ohio. After
farming in the Buckeye state for a
number of years he came to Iowa in 1865 and located in Morgan township. He
became the owner of land in Missouri and eventually removed to Mercer county, that state, where he died
in the spring of 1907.
Mr. and Mrs. Hollinger have three children.
C. M., who was born August
9, 1874, married Miss May Craig and they reside in Grand Island,
Nebraska, where he is car and train inspector for the Union Pacific
shops. They have three children, Francis, Velma and Hazel.
Buford, who was born October 17, 1875, is a farmer by occupation.
He married Miss Mamie
Duncan, of Lineville, Iowa, and they have eight children,
Willard, Siebert, Gerald, Hubert, Vinetta, Ralph, Juanita and Alta.
Harold A., whose birth occurred January 20, 1883, is farming in Morgan
township. He married Maude Orey and
their children are four in number,
namely, Bernard, Miles, Elsie and Myrtle.
Mr. Hollinger belongs to the Masonic blue lodge at Pleasanton and to the Grand Army post of that town and is popular in both organizations. He and his wife hold membership in the Methodist Episcopal church, to the support of which they contribute and in whose work they are deeply interested. No movement whose object is the general welfare lacks his hearty cooperation and during the many years that he has resided in this county he has gained the sincere respect of all who have come in contact with him.
Leonard G. Holloway, of Lamoni, is an active and successful worker in the
Reorganized church of Latter Day Saints and belongs to the Quorum of the
Seventy. He was born in Harrison county, Missouri, November 20, 1876, and is a
son of Jasper M. and Nancy J. (Bowen) Holloway, both of whom are residing in
that county. The father was born there on the 3d of March, 1853, a son of George
W. and Elvira (Hinton) Holloway, who removed to Missouri from Kentucky in 1852,
settling on land near Newcastle, Harrison county. George W. Holloway died in
1863. His father was John Holloway, who resided near Boonesboro, Kentucky.
Representatives of the family served in the Continental army in the
Revolutionary war, and the ancestry has been traced back to England. Mrs. Elvira
(Hinton) Holloway was a grand niece of Daniel Boone. the mother of our subject
was born in Thorntown, Boone county, Indiana, December 15, 1852, and is a
daughter of Uriah and Elizabeth (Moore) Bowen. Her father was born in Monongalia
county, West Virginia, March 10, 1822, and died May 23, 1893, while her mother,
who was a niece of Benjamin Franklin, was born in Kentucky on the 22d of July,
1830. The Bowens were Virginians but removed to Indiana in the early part of the
nineteenth century. In 1852 Uriah S. Bowen went with his family to Harrison
county, Missouri, and he spent the remainder of his life there. His widow is
still living at the age of eighty-four years. Jasper M. Holloway was baptized in
the church of Latter Day Saints on the 21st of April, 1883, and his wife was
baptized the following year. They take an active part in the work of the church
and are well known and highly esteemed in their community. He has followed
agricultural pursuits and owns a large and well improved farm in Harrison
county, Missouri. He has taken considerable interest in public affairs and has
been called to office a number of times.
and his wife have been born six sons and two daughters, namely: Leonard G., of
this review; Martha, the wife of Eugene Olmstead, of Harrison county, Missouri;
Luella, who died in infancy; Orton H., a ranchman living near Akron, Colorado,
who married Miss Estella Rubideau; John W., who is engaged in the garage
business at Blythedale, Missouri, in company with his brother James A.; U.
Scott, a farmer of Harrison county, Missouri, who has held a number of township
offices, and who married Miss Ethel York; James A.; and Newton L., now living
with his parents.
G. Holloway was reared in Harrison county, Missouri, and received a good
education in his boyhood and youth. He also early became familiar with
agricultural pursuits and engaged in farming until he was about twenty-two years
of age. He then worked at the carpenter's trade for about six years, but for the
past ten years he has devoted his time to the work of the ministry of the
Reorganized Church of the Latter Day Saints. He belongs to the Quorum of the
Seventy and has traveled over Washington, Oregon, Montana, Wyoming, North and
South Dakota, Idaho, Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri. His
preaching is very effective and he has been instrumental in building up the
churches where he has labored. For a number of years he has resided in Lamoni
and in 1913 he erected a fine residence there.
17th of March, 1907, Elder Holloway was united in marriage to Miss Blanche
Henderson, of Seattle, Washington. She was born in Duluth, Minnesota, on the 6th
of October, 1884, and is a daughter of John and Ada (Sperrin) Henderson, who
removed to Seattle in 1900. Her father belongs to the Christian church and her
mother to the Reorganized Church of Latter Day Saints. Previous to her marriage
Mrs. Holloway was an expert stenographer. Mr. and Mrs. Holloway have three
children, Esther I., Erlene M. and Grace E.
Holloway is a democrat in his political belief and keeps thoroughly informed on
the issues that come before the public for settlement at the polls. He combines
religious zeal with practical efficiency and his work has been productive of
much good. He has many friends in Lamoni and those who know him best esteem him
most highly, which is incontrovertible proof of his sterling worth.