Jaquelin Smith Holliday
Florence Baker Holliday (21 Aug 1870/1871-1947) was born in Indianapolis, the daughter of Conrad Baker, Governor
of Indiana and founder of the law firm of Baker and Daniels. She had wide cultural and philanthropic interests. She
was a founder of the Dramatic Club, and a member of the Woodstock and Progressive Clubs, the Propylaeum, the Garden
Club of Indianapolis, and the Marion County chapter of the Women's Organization for National Prohibition Reform.
| married 9 Jan 1895 - Marion, Indiana her husband: Jaquelin Smith Holliday (7 Nov 1867 -3 Sep 1944)
was born in Indianapolis, the son of William Jaquelin Holliday (1829–1918) and Lucy Fitzhugh (Redd) Holliday.
He graduated from Racine College, and attended Yale Law School in 1887-1888.
William Jaquelin Holliday Birth 30 OCT 1895 Indianapolis, Indiana Death APR 1977 Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana,married
Martha Henley Birth 30 JUL 1896
William Jaquelin Holliday Jr 1920–1985
Jaquelin Smith Holliday 1924–2006
Wineton H Holliday 1927–
Alice Baker Holliday b. Birth 29 NOV 1900 Indiana Death APR 1992 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Oklahoma, married 1st
18 Jun 1924 Marion county Indiana Benjamin Abbott Dickson Birth 18 DEC 1897 • Springfield, Hampden, Massachusett
Death 14 FEB 1976 Devon,Chester, Pennsylvania married 2nd abt 1940 Henry Coudon Lau Miller Birth ABT 1902 Pennsylvania
Lucy Holliday b. Birth 4 MAY 1903 Indianapolis, Indiana 28 Sep 1977 - Palm Beach, Florida buried Crown Hill
Cemetery Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana married
Perry Ernest O'Neal Birth: Apr. 27, 1893 Death: Jun. 25, 1971
buried Crown Hill Cemetery Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana son of Lewis A Oneal and Frances J --
Frederick Taylor Holliday Birth 24 OCT 1897 Indiana Death 1951 married Ruth Hubbard born 1899–
Frederick Taylor Holliday Jr 1922–1961
John Hubbard Holliday Birth 11 AUG 1923 Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana
Lucy R Holliday 1927–
|The Holliday mansion was in Shooters Hill 36 acre tract once incorporated
as a town which began to fade in 1951 and by 1962 it was earmarked for the Christain
Theological Seminary the Holliday mansion now serves as the seminary's Pastoral Counseling center. .
In 1893 Jaquelin Smith Holliday purchased his father's share of the company W. J. Holliday & Co.
W. J. Holliday & Co. was founded by William Jaquelin Holliday (1829–1918) as a hardware store in Indianapolis,
Indiana, in 1856. Holliday, the son of William Duncan and Ariana (Smith) Holliday, was a native of Virginia. He
eventually settled in Indianapolis and purchased Kellogg & Co., an iron store, which became known as W.J. Holliday
& Co. Items sold at the store included carriage-maker and blacksmith supplies. William J. operated the store until his
retirement in 1893
The company was incorporated in 1900. Holliday & Co. had entered the auto accessory business by 1920, but this focus
was dropped when the company began wholesaling mill, mine, and industrial supplies. W. J. Holliday & Co. eventually
became one of the country's leading sources for such supplies. Jaquelin S. served as president until 1933 , then as
chairman of the board of directors until his death. He expanded its operations to include a branch in Hammond.
The company continued on into a third generation with Jaquelin's sons, William Jaquelin and Frederick Taylor. William J.
(1895–1977) began work for the company in 1918. He was promoted through various departments, serving many years as
vice-president. In 1930, he went to Chicago and built the company's plant in Hammond, Indiana (Lake County), where he
served as manager until 1947. He served as chairman of the board for 23 years until his retirement in 1955.
Frederick T. (1897–1951) began at W. J. Holliday & Co. in 1920. He was made vice-president in 1930. In 1935, he, along
with his brother, organized Monarch Steel Company, an affiliate of Holliday & Co. located in Hammond.
In 1954, W.J. Holliday & Co. was sold to Jones & Laughlin Steel Corporation of Pittsburgh. At the time of the sale, the
company employed 400 workers in Indianapolis and 400 in Hammond.
The Hollidays were one of the five families who built homes in Shooters Hill, an incorporated village on the bluffs above White
River just east of Michigan Road
The Indianapolis Star (Dec. 28, 1952), section 6, p. 8.
The Indianapolis News (Dec. 22, 1954), p. 1.
Who Was Who in America, Vol. 2
Encyclopedia of Indianapolis (Nicholson)
Indiana Biographical Series, Vol. 28 pp. 1-2, Vol. 32 p. 11
J.S. HOLLIDAY: 1924-2006
Passionate historian of California
- Carl Nolte, Chronicle Staff Writer
Saturday, September 2, 2006
J.S. Holliday, one of the most eminent historians of California and the West, died at his home in Carmel on Thursday at the age
of 82. He had been suffering from pulmonary fibrosis.
Holliday was the author of "The World Rushed In," a history of the California Gold Rush that was a best-seller when it was
published in 1981; it went through 13 printings, and a new edition was reissued recently by the University of Oklahoma Press.
Kevin Starr, another noted historian of the West, called "The World Rushed In" "a classic."
If it were only for the one book, Holliday's reputation as a historian would be secure, but he was also the founding director of the
Oakland Museum of California and executive director emeritus of the California Historical Society, taught history at San Francisco
State University, and served for a time as assistant director of the Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley.
He also lectured, appeared on television and wrote articles on history. "No one writes better about California's irresistible past,''
said Ken Burns, the television documentary expert. "I am a huge fan.''
"He was a towering figure in California history,'' said Gary Kurutz, principal librarian for special collections at the California
State Library. "His death is a real loss.''
Holliday was born Jaquelin Smith Holliday II, June 10, 1924, in Indianapolis. His family was in the steel business, and young J.S.
Holliday attended private schools. He seldom used his given name. His friends called him "Jim."
Holliday attended midshipman school at Northwestern University during World War II and served in the U.S. Navy as an officer
aboard an escort aircraft carrier in the Pacific.
He attended Yale University and graduated with a degree in history in 1948. At Yale, one of his teachers brought to his attention
letters and a diary written by a man named William Swain, who set out from Michigan in 1849 with a group of adventurers called the
Wolverine Rangers to make his fortune in far-off California.
In Swain, Holliday found his own mother lode. Swain's letters and diary -- his adventures traveling across the Great Plains, down the
dreary Humboldt River in Nevada, his trek across the Black Rock Desert, his life in the California Gold Country -- were the basis for
"The World Rushed In.''
Holliday often said that the story of the Gold Rush -- which he said was the greatest peacetime mass migration in history -- brought
him to California. He moved West in 1949, on the 100th anniversary of the Gold Rush. "I came here for gold and found other ways
of seeking success in California,'' he said.
He got a doctorate in history from UC Berkeley in 1958 and a research fellowship at the Huntington Library, then worked at the
Bancroft and taught at San Francisco State.
By then he had a considerable reputation as a forcef ul and vigorous exponent of his views of history. "He was one of the most
vital people I ever knew," said Joe Illick, who served with him on the faculty at San Francisco State.
He was "a big, handsome, rumpled man with a passion for the rugged life,'' The Chronicle said of him when he had become well
known. Early in his career, however, Holliday's passion for history did not always go down well with more sedate custodians of
the state's past.
In 1967, he was named the founding director of what later became the much-praised Oakland Museum of California. However,
he was so forceful and uncompromising in his views that he was fired just before the museum opened in 1969.
He then became executive director of the California Historical Society and organized a series of major traveling exhibitions, including
one about the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. "It caused quite a stir,'' said David Crossen, the current
executive director of the society. "People in historical societies didn't deal with issues like that back then. He was a model for the
young Turks in historical organizations.''
Holliday served two terms in the top job at the California Historical Society. However, he always came back to the Gold Rush book.
He felt the 1849 Gold Rush was a seminal event in the state's history that, in his words, "changed California, changed the whole
West and changed America's sense of itself.'' He wanted to present it in human terms, to make the lives of the long-dead
Forty-Niners come alive.
It took him 30 years to write.
"He was such a careful writer that it sometimes took him a week to get two paragraphs right,'' said Kurutz. "He was as thorough
as can be.''
The result was what Starr called "a masterly narrative". The book won the Silver Medal of the Commonwealth Club of California and
the Oscar Lewis Award for Achievement in Western History from the Book Club of California.
In 1999, Holliday wrote "Rush for Riches: Gold Fever and the Making of California," which also received critical acclaim.
Holliday was married twice. His first marriage, to Nancy Adams, ended in divorce. He was married to Belinda Vidor Jones in 1983,
and she survives him.
He also leaves three children: Timothy Holliday of New Orleans, Martha Brett Holliday of Farmington, Conn., and W.J. Holliday of
A memorial service is pending.
J.S. Holliday, 82, Historian of the California Gold Rush
By ELAINE WOOD
Los Angeles Times
September 14, 2006
J.S. Holliday, who wrote a standard history of California's Gold Rush based on journals and letters of the era uncovered during 30
years of painstaking research, died August 31 at his Carmel, Calif., home. He was 82.
A former museum director and university librarian as well as scholar, Holliday was best known for his book "The World Rushed In: The
California Gold Rush Experience," which has remained in print since its original publication in 1981. A classic of western history,
it is notable for an innovative narrative style that blends the voices of the miners and the families they left behind with Holliday's
commentary and analysis.
Documentarian Ken Burns, who featured Holliday in his PBS series "The West," called himself a "huge fan" of the Gold Rush expert.
Born Jaquelin Smith Holliday II in Indianapolis on June 10, 1924, Holliday preferred to go by his initials; friends called him Jim.
His father, William, was a steel company executive who had a great interest in western Americana.
At Yale University, the younger Holliday majored in history but his education was interrupted by World War II, when he served in the
Pacific as a second lieutenant in the Navy. He returned to Yale after the war and earned a bachelor's degree in 1948.
After earning his doctorate in history at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1958, he served four years as assistant director
of the university's Bancroft Library. During the 1960s he taught history as an associate professor at what is now San Francisco State
University and was an editor at American West magazine.
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129 Ind.App. 588
MERCHANTS NATIONAL BANK & TRUST COMPANY, Executor under the
Last Will and Testament of Frederick T. Holliday,
Ben A. WINSTON and Martin Weinstein, also known as Martin
Appellate Court of Indiana, In Banc.
June 17, 1959.
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Frederick, J. Capp, Indianapolis, Ging & Free, Greenfield, for appellant.
Dann & Backer, Herbert J. Backer and Philip D. Pecar, Indianapolis, Davis & Williams, George B. Davis, Greenfield, for appellees.
MYERS, Presiding Justice.
This is an action on a promissory note brought by Frederick T. Holliday as assignee of the note to recover from appellees Ben A.
Winston and Martin Weinstein as co-makers and endorsers the unpaid principal balance of $9,610, interest in the amount
of $12,557.07, and attorney's fees in the amount of $5,000, or a total of $27,167.07.
The complaint alleges in substance that on or about April 20, 1939, Hydra ulic Steel Corporation, an Indiana corporation (hereinafter
called the corporation),[129 Ind.App. 592] and appellees Ben A. Winston and Martin Weinstein jointly and severally signed, executed
and delivered to The Indiana Trust Company of Indianapolis, Indiana (hereinafter called the bank), a promissory note in the amount of
$11,000, payable thirty days after date at the bank, without relief from valuation or appraisement laws. Each of said appellees
endorsed the note individually. The evidence established that Ben A. Winston was president of the corporation and Martin Weinstein
There was issued and outstanding 100 shares of the capital stock of the corporation. Winston held 50 shares, Weinstein held 10, and
the bank as trustee for Fred Holliday held 40. The shares of Winston and Weinstein were pledged, and a chattel mortgage on certain
assets of the corporation was executed, to secure the payment of the note. A written guaranty was executed by Holliday and delivered
to the bank, wherein Holliday guaranteed payment of any and all notes issued by the corporation to the bank, not to exceed $12,500.
The note on which this complaint is based was the only note issued.
The corporation made payments to the bank totaling $1,390 of principal, reducing the note to a balance due of $9,610. The corporation
and appellees individually as makers and endorsers defa ulted and Holliday as guarantor paid the bank the remaining balance of $9,610
plus interest. Upon payment, the bank assigned the note to Holliday.
As assignee and holder of the note, Holliday brought this action to recover the unpaid balance plus interest and attorney's fees, the
total of which was claimed to be $27,167.07. Holliday died while tha action was pending...