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In this image from the 1920s, William Heap Holland pauses for a smoke from his pipe, sitting on the ranch he purchased from R.L.T. Galbraith in 1910.  Photo submitted by Geoffrey Holland

Valley Pioneer: The valley’s original part-time resident: William Heap Holland

Posted on January 6th, 2011 by

Editor’s note: In the November 26th edition of The Pioneer, we ran a Historical Lens photo of William Heap Holland (see photo, above). Coincidentally, Dorothy Isted was writing a story about Mr. Holland and his influence in the valley at the same time.
By Dorothy Isted, Special to The Pioneer
William Heap Holland was a third-generation cotton mill owner who helped shape the future of Fairmont Hot Springs. Born in England in 1873 to Samuel and Rachel (née Heap) Holland, he later traveled the world and ended up in this valley, …