What is it about a small town like Holmesville that urges us to claim it and keep returning? I believe it is because we hunger for the values and traditions we grew up with and are being lost in our fast-paced world.
Holmesville's people have maintained its character by keeping traditions alive. And the town has basically kept its original size, which sustains the old familiar feelings we know and love.
Holmesville, Ohio - Our Home Town describes the origins, its changes and what it was like growing up there spanning 1837 through the 1980s.
Published in 2001 - you can find it: - Holmesville - Jean Slutz - Phone: 330.279.2174 - Wilmington - David Stallman - Phone: 910.799.3782
Information & Orders: - ISBN: 0.9708239.1.6 - Hard Cover - $15.00 plus S/H - E-mail: StallmanD@aol.com
Holmesville, Ohio - Our Home Town
Holmesville, Ohio - Our Home Town - Published 2001
This 176 page book draws on many sources to tell the story of the founding of Holmesville, its progress, and changes through the years to the present. The book takes you into an interesting and informative compilation of the history of Holmesville and Prairie township. Stallman includes a timeline of important events that affected the progression of the town and its residents. The rare old pictures bring life to this important work.
The first of three main sections is titled "The Early Years" and begins with an early personal history by Anna Flack Sterling. Descendents of many of the pioneers who founded and expanded Holmesville still live in the area today. Their difficult trip west of the Allegheny Mountains was rewarded by a choice location to settle. He goes on to focus on the importance of the numerous streams and rivers to pioneers for a means of transportation and water-power.
The second section explores the "Evolution of Our Community." Here Stallman describes the development of the town's government, its schools, library, churches, and other organizations. A layout of the town and pictures of prominent houses and businesses are included.
The final section, titled "Life in Our Home Town," is a glimpse of Holmesville through the eyes of the author. "I hope to give you a window through which you can sense what it was like to grow up in our beloved village," Stallman explained. "Life was simple. We could crank the telephone on the wall and ask for Grandma."
The book concludes with an appendix that includes maps of Holmes County, Prairie township, and Holmesville with lists of names of former postmasters, businesses, mayors, marshals, ministers, teachers, and other residents.
Stallman has provided a valuable addition for personal libraries. the old photos alone make this book a worthy possession. "If this book can touch one person to see the wisdom of preserving Holmesville's heritage, I will be most gratified in this endeavor," Stallman said.
Excerpts from a review by Bruce Stambaugh - Holmes Co. Journal.