Holabird, William Hyman
Age: 18, credited to Shelburne, VT
Unit(s): USN, 12th VT INF
Service: enl 8/23/62, m/i 10/4/62, Pvt, Co. C, 12th VT INF, m/o 7/14/63; enl, Boston, 9/14/64, USN, m/o 1/4/65; Vessels: Monadnock
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Birth: 09/29/1845, Shelburne, VT
Burial: San Gabriel Cemetery, San Gabriel, CA
Marker/Plot: Lot P 35 Grave 3
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Richard Pittman
Findagrave Memorial #: 9622782
Alias?: None noted
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Holabird, William Hyman, of Oakland, Cal., son of Oscar F. and Adelia A. (Pierson) Holabird, was born in Shelburne, Sept. 29, 1845.
Mr. Holabird availed himself of the educational advantages afforded by the schools of Shelburne and the academy at Williston, and at the age of fifteen went to Missouri. His first occupation was as a newsboy on the Hannibal & St. Jo R. R.
At the breaking out of the war he returned to Vermont and enlisted in Co. C, 12th Vt. Vols. and served out his term. He entered the navy as first-class fireman on the USS Monadnock in September, 1864. In December of that year he was promoted to acting assistant paymaster. He was in the great naval engagement at Fort Fisher and resigned from the service in 1865 and went to Indiana. Later he went to Chicago, and was for a time in the employ of Marshall Field & Co., and J. V. Farwell.
Mr. Holabird began his railroad work in 1876, with the Penn. & Grand Rapids & Indiana Co., as general travelling agent. In 1880 he went with the Atchison, Topeka & Sante Fe R. R., as special agent and for the past three years has been confidential agent of President Manvel of that system. During his connection with the Atchison system he has performed much important work in relation to the company's lands and the location of new railroad lines.
In politics Mr. Holabird has been an active Republican and while not aspiring to preferment has generally represented his party as delegate to local conventions. He has also been prominent in various temperance organizations and Masonic bodies, including all orders of the Temple.
He married, June 9, 1870, Phebe J., daughter of Russell and Emeline (James) Dorr, of Middlebury, whose father is a descendant of the Puritans. They have three children: Russell D., Emma A., and Harrison G.
Source: Jacob G. Ullery, compiler, Men of Vermont: An Illustrated Biographical History of Vermonters and Sons of Vermont, (Transcript Publishing Company, Brattleboro, VT, 1894), Part III, pp. 83.