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.

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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Theodore Arthur Darling (1890-1971), Tire Man

Theodore Arthur Darling was born on October 29, 1890 in Gypsum, Kansas to George O. Darling and Mary Henrietta Geaque.  Theo lived and worked on his father’s farm in Eureka Township, Saline County, Kansas.  On November 16, 1910, Theo married … Continue reading

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Joseph Gerald Armitage (1836-1900), Merchant and Missionary

Born on October 28, 1836 in Three Rivers, Michigan, Joseph Gerald Armitage grew up on the family farm in Lockport Township, St. Joseph County, Michigan.  His parents, William and Lydia Armitage, were natives of England.  Joseph grew up working on … Continue reading

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George Clay Anderson (1856-1930), Abstracter and Insurance Agent

On December 9, 1885, George Clay Anderson celebrated his 29th birthday and his second week as a resident of Abilene, Kansas.  For the next 45 years, George would become one of the most recognizable and respected members of the community.  … Continue reading

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