Author Archives: James D. Holland

About James D. Holland

I'm a former local government planner turned real estate agent turned safety manager turned Chamber of Commerce Director, turned marketing sales representative... phew. I enjoy writing about Abilene's history, businesses, events, politics, and anything else that interests me.

Dr. Charles Frederick Attwood (1882-1945), Physician and Surgeon

Thomas Edward Attwood told a tale of his being a young man who set out from Leavenworth County, Kansas by foot with a bag of peach pits and little money heading west.  He would trade pits for food and with … Continue reading

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Charles Hubert Pinkham (1843-1915), Dry Goods and Clothing Merchant

George Washington Pinkham and Elvira Melissa Flannagan welcomed their first child into the world on March 17, 1843 and named him Charles Hubert Pinkham.  He was born in Port Huron, Michigan, where the St. Clair River flows to the great … Continue reading

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Charles Edgar “Ed” Shadinger (1868-1941), The Newsman and Printer

Charles Edgar Shadinger was born on July 14, 1868 in Mendota, Illinois to Henry Swartz and Nellie Armenia (Parks) Shadinger.  Henry “Harry” Shadinger was a farmer and civil war veteran with strong skills as a liveryman.  In 1871, the Shadinger … Continue reading

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Amasa Jeffcoat (1843-1934), Liveryman

Henry and Sarah E. (Wilcox) Jeffcoat welcomed their second son, Amasa Jeffcoat, to the world on February 4, 1843 in York, Illinois.  Henry was a farmer originally from Aylesbury, England.   When just a year old the family moved to Will … Continue reading

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Oscar Allen Dentzer (1875-1940), Grocer

John Dick Dentzer and Sarah Jane Dentzer gave birth to Oscar Allen Dentzer on February 4, 1875 in Forest City, Illinois.  The family migrated to Dickinson County, Kansas by 1880, when the family was living on 161 acres in the … Continue reading

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