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WOMEN of EARLY OCONTO COUNTY
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Oconto County, Wisconsin
Evelyn Kurz Collection
Santa Makes Annual
Visit - Santa Claus paid his
annual visit recently to Annie Holl's general store at Hayes. He's
shown here with Miss Holl and some of the youngsters who greeted him.
1964 Times-Herald; Oconto Falls
Holl's Christmas Party
A Hayes Tradition
the 28th year the
Christmas season was. opened by, Miss AnnieHoll at her general
store at Hayes with a Christmas party for the children of the community.
Post cards, signed by
Santa Claus and postmarked at Santa Claus, Ind.,
invited the children to meet him at Annie's store. Three generations
of youngsters have had the thrill of getting these cards and attending
The store is stocked
all the delights of Christmas and Santa
listens carefully and jots down the little and big wants. Annie's
brother, Bill, takes Polaroid pictures of the youngsters with Santa
Claus and gives them the prints, along with sacks of goodies.
sacks had been prepared prior to the morning of party day
and 200 more were fixed in the afternoon. Ordinarily Annie and her
"hired man" handle the business of the store and its custom meat
cutting service, but eight extras were called in to help on the day of
the Christmas party.
It will be
75 years next June that Annie's father opened the store.
When she was 14 she went into the store and her father I immediately
let her take over the management, buying and merchandising. In
she remodeled the building and the result is a modern store.
Annie has taken the welfare of the children to heart and that is the
motivation for the annual Christmas party, the help she gives the 4-H
Club, the Fourth of July fireworks and the playground equipment on her
An Honorary Member
The Suring Future Farmers of America and the 4-H Club have given her
There have been many changes since the 14-year-old girl started in the
store. These changes can be traced through the evolution of lighting in
the store from kerosene lamps, to acetylene lamps, and finally to
flourescent lights. But Annie Holl is still youthful and no one was
happier or exuded more good will than the little lady who thanked
everyone for coming to the Christmas party.
photograph taken of the village of Hayes. To the far right is the porch
of the 1896 Holl General Store with owner John Holl and daughters. The
original store was puchased by John Holl in 1889 and this larger, more
modern building replaced it.
right: Anna Holl
poses in her Sunday best at about the time she began working in the
poses for her oldest sister Margaret's new home Kodac box camera.
The camera came
loaded with film and the whole thing was shipped to the Kodac company
where they removed the exposed film, developed and printed the photos
and reloaded the camera with fresh film. The whole package deal was
then sent back to the owner by mail to reuse.
John Holl and Veronica Kurz Holl (seated) with children
40th Wedding Anniversary
Looking into the bright sunlight are; standing left to
John Holl (jr.), Joseph Holl, Jacob Holl, Elizabeth Holl Wagner,
Margaret Holl Renier, Katherine Holl Philippi, Anna Holl.
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