Jonathan Fairbanks and Clyde Edwin Tuck

Past and Present of Greene County, Missouri • ca. 1914

Early and Recent History and Genealogical Records
of Many of the Representative Citizens

HARRY CLYDE HOLDEN. One of the young men of Springfield who has found it to his advantage to remain in his native city rather than seek opportunities in other places is Harry Clyde Holden, foreman of the mill shop at the new Frisco shops in this city, where, by persistency and prompt and faithful service, he has climbed up from the bottom of the ladder.

Mr. Holden was born in Springfield, Missouri, March 23, 1871. He is a son of George and Elizabeth (O'Bannon) Holden. His mother was born in Charlestown West Virginia, in 1841, and her death occurred in Springfield, 1893. George Holden, the father, was born in England, near London, the world's greatest city, in 1839, and his death occurred in Springfield, Missouri, April 12,1908. He spent his early life in his native land and there received his education, emigrating to the United States when, a young man and locating in Charlestown, West Virginia, where he was married. He remained in the East until the close of the Civil war, when, in the year 1865, he moved to this city, after spending some time in Union City, Missouri. He participated in this war by serving in the Union army, taking part in in many important battles, proving to be an excellent soldier in every respect. He learned the carpenter's trade when a young man, and this he followed the rest of his active life, being a very skilled workman. Politically, he was a Republican. His family consisted of six children, all of whom are still living, namely: Emily, George, Hannah, Harry C. and Dwight.

Holden grew to manhood in his native city and received his education in the local public schools. When a boy he went to work in the box care department of the Frisco shops, being only sixteen years of age at that time. After working in that department for some time he went to the pattern shops in the old North Side shops of this road, where he remained until 1892, when he went to St. Louis, where he secured employment in the St. Louis Care and Wheel Company's works, in the pattern department. Returning to Springfield in 1893, he-resumed work in the pattern department at the old shops, where he remained about a year, then went to Cincinnati, Ohio, remaining in that city until 1909, when he returned to Springfield, at the opening of the new Frisco shops, where he has since been employed as mill and cabinet foreman, the duties of which important position he is discharging in an eminently satisfactory manner, having a large number of men under him, whom he directs in such a manner as to get the best possible results and at the same time retain their good will. He understands most thoroughly every phase of the work in his department.

Mr. Holden was married July 2, 1901,to Anna Moeller, in Dayton, Ohio. She was born in Cincinnati, that state, and is a daughter of August and Louisa (Bradermyer) Moeller. To our subject and wife one child has been born, Harry William Holden, whose birth occurred March 19, 1905.

Politically, Mr. Holden is a Republican. Fraternally, he belongs to the Masonic blue lodge and the Junior Order of American Mechanics. He is a member of the Baptist church.


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