Search billions of records on

Sixth Generation

144. Harry Iverson HOLDERNESS109,145 was born on 17 August 1868.143,145 He died on 9 April 1950 at the age of 81.145

Lived most of his life in Pine Bluff AR; was Mayor several terms.

1910 Census. Pine Bluff City (Part of), Jefferson Co AR, Hh 251
Harry I Holderness, 38, married one time for 15 years, b. AR, father b. TN, mother b. AR. Occupation: Funeral Director, Burying the Dead
Vida, wife, 34, 2 children, b. AR, father b. AR, mother b. NC
George S., son, 14
Vida M., dau, age 2
Sarah Strange, mother-in-law, age 54, widow, b. NC, parents b. NC
John Alexandra, servant, Black, age 72, widow, b. AR, Lawn
Sally Willson, Servant, Black, 25, b. AR, Cook

1920 Census. City of Pine Bluff, Jefferson Co AR, ED 138, p.4, Dwelling 69. Address was 810 West Second Avenue. Harry was age 50. Listed as born in AR, both parents b. in GA - an error as his father was born in NC, his mother born in AL. He was Proprieter of a Real Estate Office. His wife had apparently died as she's not listed with the family. Son George was 23, Vida May the daughter was 12. His mother-in-law, Sarah Strange, age 71, born in NC and widowed lived with him. Also Robert T. Holderness his nephew who was 23 and a Pharmacist in a Drug Store.

Found on GenealogyBank:
Ft Worth Star-Telegram, 5 Mar 1922
West-Holderness Wedding Announced.
Mrs. Lillian Callaway West and Mr. H. I. Holderness of Pine Bluff, Ark. were married Tuesday evening by Rev. M. E. Chappell of the Hemphill Presbyterian Church. The ceremony took place at the home of her sister, Mrs. H. W. Williams, Jr., 1200 Elizabeth Boulevard. Mr. and Mrs. Holderness will make their home in Pine Bluff.
[Mar 5th in 1922 was a Sunday - they must have married Feb 28th, if they married on Tuesday evening.]

By 1930, Harry had married Lillian. They are in the census in Pine Bluff. Harry's occupation is "funeral director, undertaking." His age is 59, b. AR, father b. NC, mother b. AL. Lillian C. was 46, b. Texas, father b. GA, mother b. VA. Vida was living at home at age 22. Lillian had been married before as she stated her age as 22 at her first marriage.

Pine Bluff City Directory, 1931, p.151
Holderness Funeral Home, Harry I. Holderness Pres. Lillian C. Holderness, Sec-Treas. Undertakers, Instant Ambulance Service, 320 W. 4th Ave., Tel. 160. Ads for the Funeral Home were also on the inside front cover, and p. 27
Holderness, Harry I (Lillian C), Pres Holderness Funeral Home, Mayor of Pine Bluff, Office City Hall. Tel 871. home 810 W. 2nd Ave, Tel 324
Holderness, Lillian C. Mrs. Sec-Treas Holderness Funeral Home, residence 810 W. 2nd Ave, Tel 324.

I believe Harry Holderness operated a Funeral Home in Pine Bluff for many years. I found mention of the home in various obituaries found online. Here is an example:
BILLY MUCKLEROY (3-17-1925 / 1-16-1939) Published January 18, 1939
Funeral Services for Billy Muckleroy, 12, of Star City, who died at a Dumas
Hospital Monday night, after being accidentally shot near his home Saturday
night, were held yesterday afternoon at the Star City Presbyterian church,
conducted by the pastor, the Rev. J. W. McCain. Burial was in Hickory Grove
Cemetery in charge of Holderness-South Mortuary. Billy was shot when a .22
rifle in the hands of a young companion, Perry Hunter, with whom he had been
horseback riding, was discharged as young Hunter was dismounting from his
horse. The bullet struck Billy, still on his horse, in the hip and ranged
upward, causing an injury which resulted in his death Monday night.
Note: Son of William Scott and Carrie Ann Raley Muckleroy.

1940 Census. Pine Bluff, Jefferson, AR, Hh 320
810 Second Avenue; lived there in 1935
Harry Holderness, 65, b. AR, owner, Mortuary
Lillian, wife, 55, b. TX

1947 Ft Worth, Texas City Directoy
Note: I have no information that they ever lived in Ft. Worth - perhaps owned property there that had belonged to Lillian's parents?
Harry I Holderness (Lillian), home: 1211 S. Henderson

Pine Bluff Commercial; Monday, April 10, 1950, p. 1
Former Pine Bluff Mayor Dies Here
Harry I. Holderness, 82, retired busiess executive and three times mayor of Pine Bluff, died Sunday morning at 9 o'clock at the Convalescent home, following a lengthy illness.
Mr. Holderness was born in Cahmbersville, Calhoun county, on August 20, 1867, a son of Dr. A. S. and Catherine (Dixon) Holderness, both North Carolinians by birth.
His father, who was born in North Carolina and there spent his early life came to Arkansas at an early age, and was the original settler in what is now the town of Fordyce.
Mr. Holderness received his early education in the schools of Fordyce and came to Pine Bluff in 1867 and commenced the serving of a machinist apprenticeship in the Cotton Belt Railroad shops. He did not finish his apprenticeship in that field, however, but instead entered the employ of R. H. McFadden, funeral director. He continued with Mr. McFadden until he succeeded him as owner of the funeral firm in 1905.
For 11 years thenceforth, he had several partners and in 1916, he assumed full charge and complete ownership of the company, whereupon the name was changed to the H. I. Holderness Company.
In partnership with Dr. O. W. Clark, he was largely responsible for the building and the promotion of the Eden Park Addition, the Pine Bluff Country Club and the Memorial Part Natatorium. He served as president of the Graceland Investment Company, which owns the Graceland cemetery and was interested in many other enterprises of a civic nature, having served on the Board of Trustees at Arkansas A & M College for 20 years.
Mr. Holderness was one of the organizers of the Arkansas Funeral Director's Association and the first secretary of the group. Later he served several terms as its president, while he was also instrumental in forming the Arkansas State Board of Embalmers, of which he was, for 10 years, the president. he held embalmer's license No. !. He was likewise active in the National Funeral Directors' Association.
In 1928, he was elected mayor of Pine Bluff and served three terms. It was during this administration that the Pine Bluff drainage system was installed and the work was started on the levee that now protects Pine Bluff and Southeast Arkansas.
In addition to his work in the business and civic life of Pine Bluff and Arkansas, where he was widely known, Mr. Holderness was active in fraternal and club life. He was a member of the Free and Accepted Masons, in which he belonged to Pine Bluff Lodge No. 69, Lafayette Chapter of Royal Arch Masons, the Damascus Commandry of Knights of Templar, Albert Pike Consistory of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, the Sahara Temple, the Knights of Pythias, the Modern Woodmen of America, the Woodmen of the World, and the Ancient Order of United Workmen.
Mr. Holderness was a member of the First Methodist Church of which he was a member of the Board of Stewards.
He wa first married in 1894, to the former Miss Vida Strange of Beebe, Ark., who died in 1910. To this union were born two children, George S. Holderness of New York city, and Mrs. Robert H. Baker of Little Rock, the former Vida May Holderness.
In 1922, Mr. Holderness was married to the former Mrs. Lillian West of Fort Worth, Texas, who survives him.
Besides his wife and two children he is survived by two sisters, Mrs. John R. Hampton of Little Rock and Miss Minnie Holderness of Fordyce, two brothers, Marvin E. Holderness and James Holderness of St. Louis, two grandchildren, Malcom Holderness of New York, and Miss Ann Baker, a student at Newcomb College, New Orleans, La., and other relatives.
Furneral services will be held Tuesday morning at 11 o'clock from the chapel of Ralph Robinson and Son mortuary in charge of Rev. T. P. Devlin, rector of Trinity Episcopal Church.
Burial will be in Graceland cemetery.

Camden News, Camden, AR, Monday 10 Apr 1950 (faded and difficult to read)
Pine Bluff. Former Pine Bluff Mayor Harry I Holderness, 82, died here ____after a long illness.
Holderness established the Holderenss funeral home here in 1867. He was elected mayor in 1928 and served six years, retiring from business when he left office. He also organied the Arkansas Funeral Directors Association in 19__.
He served on the board of trustees of the AM and N College for Negroes here for 20 years.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Lillian Holderness, a son George, New York, a daughter, Mrs. Robert H. Baker, Little Rock; two brothers, Marvin E. and James Holderness, St. Louis; and two sisters, Mrs. J. R. Hampton, Little Rock, and Miss Minnie Holderness, Fordyce.
Funeral arrangements have not been completed.

Harry Iverson HOLDERNESS and Vida Vivian STRANGE were married on 20 September 1893 in Jefferson County, Arkansas.62,216 Vida Vivian STRANGE, daughter of ??? STRANGE and Sarah [STRANGE], died on 5 November 1919 in Jefferson County, Arkansas.109

Vida's Obituary appeared 6 Nov 1919, in the Pine Bluff Commercial newspaper.

Harry Iverson HOLDERNESS and Vida Vivian STRANGE had the following children:



George Strange HOLDERNESS216 was born on 28 December 1895 in Pine Bluff, Jefferson County, Arkansas.216,217 He died on 10 September 1988 at the age of 92.217

World War I Draft Registration:
George Strange Holderness, age 21, lived 810 West 2nd, Pine Bluff, AR. Born 18 Dec 1895.
He was a Student at the Citizens Training Camp, Ft. Logan H. Roots, AR. Medium height, slender, Grey eyes, dark brown hair.
Ft. Logan H. Hoots, Pulaski Co, AR, 24 May 1917

Fort Roots:
Fort Logan H. Roots (usually referred to simply as Fort Roots) is a military base located in North Little Rock, Arkansas. The land was traded to the Federal Government in 1892 in exchange for the property now known as MacArthur Park, in Little Rock, which had been a military arsenal since the 1830s before Arkansas was even a state. The base was named for Logan H. Roots in recognition for his work in the negotiations.
The Sixty-Sixth Congress of the United States transferred Fort Roots to the Public Health Service Department on March 4, 1921, for conversion to a veterans hospital for neuropsychiatric disorders. On June 10, 1983, a newly constructed hospital building was dedicated on the existing property. The main hospital building was formally named the Eugene J. Towbin Healthcare Center in May 1996 in honor of Eugene J. Towbin, M.D., Ph.D., in recognition of his 40-year career at the VA Medical Center. The Center provides long-term, rehabilitative care for eligible veterans.
Although four of the existing hospital structures were demolished, Fort Roots (as the campus is still known) retained many of its original military buildings and an 11-acre "parade ground" in the center of the original post. Many of the historic buildings are listed in the National Register for Historic Places.

1925. New York State Census.
George S. Holderness, age 29, Lodger at 17 Gramercy Park. Occupation: Architectural Draughts

George sailed on the "S. S. Samaria" from Liverpool to New York, departing 2 Sep 1930, arriving 11 Sep 1930. He was age 34, born Pine Bluff AR, 28 Dec 1895. His home address was 22 E. 38th St., New York City.

George graduated from Vanderbilt and from the architectural school of MIT. He served in World War I and then spent the remainder of his adult life in New York City.
Married Mildred Kroos in 1933. One child, George Malcolm Holderness.

1940 Census.
793 East 35th St, Brooklyn, Kings, NY. Apparently a two family home and they all said they lived at the same house in 1935.
Geo. Kross, age 69, b. Germany, Salesman, Food products
Gertie, wife, 68, b. Germany
Geo. Holderness, Son-in-law, age 44, b. AR, Salesman, Dept Store
Mildred, wife, 38, b. NY, Clerical, Insurance
Charles, brother, age 31, widowed, b. NY, mechanic, auto repair [Mildred's brother?]

World War II Draft Registration.
George S. Holderness lived at 793 E. 35th St, Brooklyn, Kings, NY. He was age 47, b. 28 Dec 1895. The person who would always know his address was Mildred Holderness. His employer was Eggers & Higgins, 542 5th Ave, New York.
George was 5'9", 175 lbs. Had green eyes, brown hair.
25 Apr 1942

Death location not given in the SSDI. Applied for his Social Security number in New York.



Vida May HOLDERNESS218 was born on 19 October 1907 in Arkansas.109 She died on 11 February 1994 at the age of 86 in Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas.217

Married Robert H. Baker. Had a daughter. Lived in Little Rock and Hot Springs, AR.
This may be Robert's record from Social Security: born 22 May 1899; died Jul 1979 in Little Rock AR. The only record for a Vida Baker in Little Rock was one born 19 Oct 1907; died 11 Feb 1994 - that would seem to be the correct person.

Arkansas County Marriages Index, 1837-1957 on
Vida May Holderness, age 23, of Pine Bluff, married Robert H. Baker, age 31, of Little Rock, on 11 Oct 1930, Jefferson Co, AR. License was dated 10 Oct 1930.

Found on GenealogyBank:
Times-Picayune, New Orleans, 5 Jun 1930
Arkansas and North Carolina have sent their quota of beauties to the Biloxi reunion of Unity Confederate Veterans. Miss Vida May Holderness of Pine Bluff, Ark., is maid of honor of the staff of General John N. Johnson, commander-in-chief of the Forrest cavalry, and Miss Virginia Sevier of Asheville, NC is serving as a maid of honor from her home city.
[pictures accompanied the article - she was very beautiful]

1934 City Directoy, Little Rock
Baker, Robt H. (Vida May H.). v-pres Fones Bros. Hardware Co. home: 902 W 2nd, Apt. 1

1940 Census. Little Rock, Pulaski, AR, Hh 339
Lived at 1900 Beechwood. They were living in the same place in 1935, but likely not the same house.
Robert H. Baker, age 40, b. Ohio, Vice President; wholesale hardware
Vida, wife, age 34
Vida Ann, dau, age 8

Harry Iverson HOLDERNESS and Lillian Calloway WEST were married on 28 February 1922 in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas.109,213 Lillian Calloway WEST109 was born in 1884 in Texas.109 She died on 3 March 1957 at the age of 73 in Tarrant County, Texas. She was buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Ft Worth, Tarrant County, Texas. The 1930 census indicates that Lillian had been married before. She was age 46 but had been age 22 at her first marriage. Since was not married to Harry by the 1920 census, she obviously had been married previously. I believe Calloway was likely her maiden name.