William Henry Harrison Holswade
( 1845 -- 1908 )



William Henry Harrison Holswade ( 1845- 1908 )  first worked as a postal clerk, then tried his hand at running a cigar stand and a bookstore before going into the furniture business.  His store on the south side of Third Avene between Ninth and 10th streets specialized in furniture made in its own shop. Holswade  was a Mason, an Odd Fellow, president of the Huntington Chamber of Commerce and a member of the school board. Like most furniture dealers of his era, Holswade also acted as an undertaker. In those days it wasn't unusual to find coffins for sale side by side with rockers and kitchen tables. On Holswade's death, his son J.F. Holswade continued to operate the Furniture store until 1915, when he sold the property to the S.S. Kresage Co., which opened a 5 and 10 cent store.


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