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William Lawson Holder



W.L.  Holder was one of the first to settle in Grayson County; the family came from Alabama in ox wagons.  He arrived around 1845 and settled 4 miles west of Denison.

The men went to Shreveport, Louisiana once each year to buy sugar, coffee, salt and flour, lead & powder to mold their bullets.  They killed wild game to eat - deer, turkey, prairie chickens and quails.  The family's clothing was made from cotton and deer skins.  They raised food to eat, such as corn.

W.L. Holder owned 900 acres; he later fenced off 80 acres with split rails in order to raise corn and cotton.

He and his sons built the first school from logs in the area, around 1855.  Clifton Lafayette Holder, the third of eleven children born to W.L. Holder and Maryon Looney, was raised in the Preston Bend area.  At one time his family even lived in the old log schoolhouse, Cold Springs.

The Holder Family Home, built ca1880

Back row, left to right: Clinton Lafayette Holder (father), born 1845; Commanche Delaware Holder (mother), born 1857,
Eulah Morrison Holder, Beulah Holder Nichols, Charles Frederick Holder, Rufus Irving Holder

Front row, left to right: Lawson Lafayette Holder, Gladys Holder Kibler, Nancy L. Holder Evans, Jerry Bledsoe Holder
Photograph taken ca1896



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