Holden, W C and Family

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William C. Holden and other family members correct/supplement previous interviews with Skaggs concerning their family in Arkansas and Texas. (NOTE: William Curry Holden, Frances M. Holden, and Tom Holden had given several oral interviews and manuscripts to Southwest Collection and this lists corrections or supplemental information to the earlier material.)

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: William C. Holden and Family

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Length: 10 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: , Holden, William Curry, and others, Two of (?maternal) Grandfather’s brothers, Youngest was Sumner Davis, He lived at Little River County, Arkansas on Red River bottom, South of Ashdown, He was large fat crippled from childhood polio, No children married at about age 50, Older brother Lyman lived in the same area, He was dead by their 1936 visit to the area, [Insert page 1 paragraph 3], Masters dissertation written about the horsesou, Dennis’ father or grandfather on the Red River, He captured wild mustangs to send to Tennessee and North Carolina, Branded horses also were sent, He blazed trail called ?Trammell Trace, It ends just north of Jefferson, He was not a hero but an "operator", Masters thesis at college in Commerce about this, [Insert page 2 chapter 1], Family to Limestone County, Texas, Young horse called Rowdy rode it to Arkansas and back to Texas, Rowdy died in Rotan about 1908-1909, He could open gates, ate too much corn shocks and died, [Insert page 4], [Page 9], Isaac Callaway Holden was great grandfather, He settled on drainage of White River Arkansas, First winter he killed bears and rendered the fat, Sold bear grease, Place still called Bear Trough Bottom, Why the family left Limestone County to Colorado City, Grandpa Holden and boys wanted to, Mama wanted to stay in Limestone, Neighbors were Jensen and Wallace families, He took Mama to Limestone County Christmas of 1939 after Papa died, They went to Coolidge and found Lena Jensen, They visited all the Wallaces: Frank and George Wallace, Lena Jensen married a Wallace, They were bankers and store owners owned blackland, Mother still convinced a mistake to move to West Texas, [Tape ends after 10 minutes].

Tape 1, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: 1800s-1940

Bulk Dates: 1900-1940

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