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.

John Hoon (1869-1924), Clothier

John Hoon was born in Berlin, Pennsylvania on January 4, 1869, the fourth child of Valentine Hoon and Elizabeth Suder.  John grew up on the family farm in Brothers Valley Township, Somerset County, Pennsylvania.  The Hoon family arrived in Abilene, … Continue reading

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314 N. Buckeye, Abilene – Jeffcoat Boarding Stable

Lots 26 & 28, Augustine & Lebold’s 2nd Addition The property occupied by the building addressed 314 N. Buckeye Avenue was part of the Miller & Thomas Lumber Yard between 1883 and June 1887, when the firm moved to the … Continue reading

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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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