This Day In Norwood History- July 23, 1923-Ora Holman, Oldest Man in Norwood, Dies

Ora Holman
Ora Holman

Ora Holman, who died last evening at his home, 183 Walpole st. was a Boston fireman in the days when Boston depended on a volunteer Fire Department. At his death, Mr Holman was 92 and the oldest man in Norwood. He served in the First New Hampshire Cavalry through the Civil War, and the night after Lincoln’s death rode 110 miles on horseback in the pursuit of Booth, the assassin.

Mr Holman’s death resulted from a fall three days ago.

Mr Holman was horn Sept 1831, at Fitzwilliam. N H, and came to Boston as a young man. There he was a teamster for many years. He came to Norwood a quarter century ago, and was a farmer for 12 years. His wife died eight years ago. Six children survive him Henry S. Holman of Wollaston, Thomas F. Holman of Norwood, Charles E. Holman of Allston, Mrs Oscar Anderson of Brighton, Mrs Cornelius Powers of Abington and Mrs George Merrill of Bridgewater.

Funeral services will be tomorrow at the home with Rev Robert W. Coe, pastor of the Congregational Church, officiating. and Commander George W. Nead of the local G. A. R. post conducting the Grand Army services. The body will be sent to Fitzwilliam Tuesday for burial.

For our previous story on Mr Holman, Click here.

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