Page 701-702, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Butler County, Kansas by Vol. P. Mooney. Standard Publishing Company, Lawrence, Kan.: 1916. ill.; 894 pgs.


T. W. Holderman, one of the progressive young farmers and stockmen of Butler county, is a native of Illinois. He was born September 29, 1880, and is a son of A. J. and Josephine Virginia (Bashaw) Holderman, the former a native of Illinois, and the latter of Virginia.

A. J. Holderman, the father, came to Butler county with his family in 1885, after spending about six months in Emporia. He bought 780 acres of land in Chelsea township, and since that time, has added 480 acres to his original purchase, and is one of the extensive stockmen and farmers of Chelsea township. A. J. Holderman was one of the leading horse breeders of this county for a number of years, and brought some of the best horses here to be found. However, he gradually drifted into the cattle and the hog industry, which he found to be very profitable. In addition to his extensive farming and stock operations, A. J. Holderman is an important factor in other industrial and financial ventures in this county. He is president of the Farmers and Merchants Bank at El Dorado, and is president of the Butler County Telephone Company. He resides on High street, El Dorado, in one of the best residences in that city.

A. J. Holderman married Miss Joseph Virginia Bashaw, March 1, 1877, and the following children were born to this union: Mrs. Mary Ramsey, El Dorado, Kans.; T. W., the subject of this sketch; Grace, El Dorado; A. J. Jr., El Dorado, and Curtis, El Dorado.

T. W. Holderman was reared and educated in Butler county, and has been more or less identified with farming and the stock business


all his life. He now owns and operates a 160-acre farm in Chelsea township, where he carries on farming, and is quite extensively engaged in stock raising, and is one of the successful farmers in that section of the county.

Mr. Holderman was married July 1, 1907, to Miss Mattie Lee Hunt, a daughter of Joseph and Sarah Belle (Wood) Hunt. The father was a native of Ohio, and came to Kansas with his parents when he was a mere boy. The mother, Sarah Belle Wood, was born in Kentucky. Mrs. Holderman was one of the following children born to her parents: George, El Dorado; Mattie L., wife of T. W. Holderman, the subject of this sketch; Effie, El Dorado; Leonard, El Dorado, and Hazel, El Dorado, Kans. Mrs. Holderman's parents reside in Chelsea. To Mr. and Mrs. Holderman has been born one child, Alfred Donald.

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