I have some old correspondence of Robert Holdridge of Lima,Allen Co., Ohio, sent to me by someone posting on the HOLDRIDGE genforum. There doesn't seem to be a connection to my Southern Holdridges. I am planning to send these papers to the Ohio Historical Society, but before I do, does anyone on the Lima genforum recognize any of these name?
They are very fragile and most are faded and hard to read. Here is a brief overview of what is contained in the first half.
1906 From the company of F.E. Clotten, mining and export, Frankfurt a.M. (auf Main?) to Robert Holdridge, offer of job as drillman in North Queensland. Silver Valley, near Herborton, North Queensland. Lancelot Tin Mine. Signed by F.E. Clotten.
1901 From H.V. Storer, Chicago, To Robert Holdridge, Robert had been in Johannesberg. Storer offers him “job at the Trib again”, refers to Robert Holdridge working once at the Chicago Tribune.
1906 From F.E. Clotten, to W.R. Holdridge, Lancelot Mine, has engaged services of Dr. Robert Logan Jack of Perth, Australia, a mining expert.
No dateFrom letterhead of __. A. Holdridge, Lima, Ohio, to Robbie. Margaret named, mostly illegible.
1891 On letterhead University of Michigan, Dept of Law, Dear Holdridge. Will visit you at the Tribune office. Signed Wall__ M.H.
189_On letterhead of The Chicago Tribune Business Department. Hattie, Ward, Charlie Ramsey mentioned. Also McClellan, Col. Hymes. Signed WB or HB
No DateFrom Dolly Price, an Africander (South Africa?). Mr. Danvers heartbroken over the actress. Refers to photos taken by Mr. Caney of P.M. Burg. Pages missing.
1891 From ___ Mitchell, letterhead of City Bank of Lima, T.T. Mitchell. Pres. E.B. Mitchell, Cashier. To friend Robert. Mentions Lottie, Blair, grandpa.
1897 From Ida M. Fox, to Robert.
1906 From Rob to parents. Letterhead Johannesburg, Transvaal.
1895 From Jno. B. Snell, Printer, St. Johnsville News, New York.
No DateFrom Alice to Robert, discusses papa's health.
1890 Postcard to Robert, from Thom. W. Mitchell, mentions explosion, sent account from the paper, postmarked Ann Arbor Michigan.
1887 From __horn,in Lima
No DateBusiness Card, H.A. Holdridge & Sons, Sunnyside Farm, Saunemin, Illinois, High Class Percherons.
No dateFrom W Bauer, working at the Trib, works with Montie.
1890 From WB to Robbie. HH Kohlson bought the times and a new Democratic Daily has started in the Post Building called the Chronicle. “Several of our men have gone to the Chronicle, Sparks, Bradshaw, Sullivan.” Mentions Altgeld and Hilliard. “Went to see Grover and his cabinet bury Gresham.”
1896 From letterhead of McGinnis, Holdridge and Co., dealers in Tobacco and Cigars, to my dear son.
1910From letterhead of American Refrigerator Transit Co., but handwritten as being sent from Adelaide, King Co. Wash. To my dear nephew, signed uncle Charlie.
If you recognize your family in these, please e-mail me.
Cindy Holdridge Smith