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James Clinton Holland (1853-1919), Architect

James Clinton Holland was born in a log cabin in Lima, Ohio on April 2, 1853 to Barton Andrew Holland and Lydia Osmon.  He attended public school in Lima, Ohio and as a young man enrolled in the Northern Ohio … Continue reading

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Martin Thomas Hildinger (1862-1932), The Merchant

Martin Thomas Hildinger, merchant and real estate broker, arrived in Abilene in the fall of 1911 and lived in the Central Hotel.  Prior to his arrival, he had been a dry goods merchant in Cottonwood Falls, Kansas for over a … Continue reading

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William Henry Broughton (1866-1954), Abilene’s “Piano Man”

William Henry Broughton was born in Warren County, Pennsylvania on April 16, 1866, the second of eleven children born to William Henry and Mary Jane McCoy. When a small child, his parents came to Kansas and homesteaded near Morganville in Clay … Continue reading

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