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Posted By: Nettie Mae (email)
Date: 2/1/2019 at 14:15:53


This well-known and popular river captain, residing in Lyons, Iowa, was born in York county, Canada, June 27, 1843, a son of Samuel and Elizabeth (Davis) Hollinshead, who were farming people. He spent his early life upon a farm, and then came west. In choosing a river life he has certainly not missed his calling. At the age of thirty-three years he became mate on the Abner Gile, a boat plying on the Mississippi between LaCrosse, Wisconsin, and Louisiana, and was under Captain Al Masten. Later he was promoted to pilot, and served in that capacity for three years, after which he was captain of the Pegan, owned by Speck Brothers, for one season. He was next on the Abner Gile, which he purchased after running it for one year, and three years later sold a third interest in the same to his brother, Albert T. Hollinshead. He also owned an interest in the Nina, which he later disposed of. At one time he owned the Raindeer, but sold it at the end of the second season, and went to Poular Bluff, Missouri, where he was engaged in the lumber business until the high water of 1892 destroyed his property.

Captain Hollinshead then returned to Lyons, and has since been captain for Bronson & Folsom, successors to J. I. Dooley, and is now running the Flora. He is a thorough river man and is well acquainted with the Mississippi from St. Paul to St. Croix, and from the falls to St. Louis and Memphis. His life upon the water has been very successful, and he has met with no accidents worthy of note.

Captain Hollinshead first wedded Miss Mary McCollum, of LaCrosse, Wisconsin, by whom he had three children: Nettie, Charles and Benjamin. For his second wife he married Mrs. Emily (Stone) Ramsey, widow of Charles Ramsey. By Mrs. Hollinshead's first union were born two children : John S. ; and Ella, wife of A. Louck. His present home was formerly the LeCoy property, which he has remodeled and improved. It is a pleasant cottage, overlooking the Mississippi, where, in his leisure hours, the Captain can enjoy the beautiful scenery of the river en which the greater part of his life has been passed. He is held in high regard by ah who know him, and has many friends both on land and water. Mrs. Hollinshead is a daughter of John and Louisa (Weldon) Stone, and was born in Longale, Canada, but at an early age removed with her parents to New York state, St. Laurence, where she was reared and educated. In 1865 her parents removed to Omro, Wisconsin, where her father passed away at the age of ninety-two years. His wife died in New York state in 1848. In their family were ten children, three of whom are still living, namely: Dudley, who is now a resident of Fayette county, Iowa; Louisa, who makes her home with our subject; and Mrs. Hollinshead.

Source: The 1901 Biographical Record of Clinton Co., Iowa, Illustrated published: Chicago : S. J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1901.


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