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This Day in Norwood History- September 21, 1907-Ora Holman, Prominent Local Businessman, Celebrates 50th Anniversary

LANDS IN HUB WITH 10 CENTS.

, later Prosperous Business Man, Celebrates With Wife at Golden Wedding.


MR AND MRS ORA .

Sat, Sep 21, 1907 – 11 · The Boston Globe (Boston, Massachusetts) · Newspapers.com

NORWOOD. Sept 21-Mr and Mrs Ora Holman celebrated their golden wedding by a reception yesterday from 2 till 10 o’clock p m at their home on Fisher st.

Mr and Mrs Holman were married in , Sept 20. 1857, and have had eight children, six of whom are living. Policeman is one.

Mrs Holman was Miss Harriet Lincoln Gilman, daughter of Mitchell L. Gilman, a Boston sailmaker, and was born on Moon st. They were married by Rev Phineas Stowe, a Baptist clergyman.

Mr Holman was born in Fitzwilliam, N H, and came to Boston first in 1848 when 17 years of age. He worked as teamster for Ezra Forrestall and for Wright, Page & Co. After a few years he returned to New Hampshire, but the after he was 21 he started for Boston with $2.50, of which he paid $2.40 for carfare, landing in the Hub with 10 cents. He worked as a teamster for Piper & Brigham, and handled all the sand and lime used in the of the , Chickering piano factory and other buildings.

Returning to Fitzwilliam. Mr Holman engaged in the lumber business, and when the broke out lie had 40 men in his employ and many fine horses. He enlisted in Co A. 1st New Hampshire cavalry, and was given but eight days to dispose of his extensive business, compelling him to sell at a great sacrifice. He was mustered out at Clouds Mills, Va, in July, 1865. At the time of ’s assassination Mr . Holman rode with other troopers 150 miles in search of , though they did not know then what for.

After the war he worked in a stone quarry in New Hampshire for a while, then came to Boston and engaged in the paper stock business, arriving in the city the day Jim Fiske was shot. He conducted tills business successfully for 15 years on Bedford st. Charlestown, when he had the misfortune to be burned out, losing $10,000 with no insurance. Afterwards he remained in Charlestown five years, working for his son Thomas, who was in business.

He belongs to the Barnicoat association. He is probably the oldest living Boston teamster. He has been identified with the Grand Army for some time and was commander of the post in Charlestown for five years. He is now a member of of Norwood. He is a republican in politics, and is engaged in . Mr and Mrs Holman have a large circle of friends in Norwood.

At the reception a large number called to congratulate the kindly old couple on their “golden days.’’ There were many beautiful gifts, showing the esteem and affection in which they are held. The grounds were lighted with Japanese lanterns and the house was tastily trimmed with bunting and flowers. A collation was served, and it proved a most delightful time for Mr and Mrs Holman and their guests.

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