William Dare Holland
One of the leading merchants of Dunn, William Dare Holland is serving his community as postmaster, is handling real estate, and is interested in a number of the local enterprises, for he is a man of great enterprise and sterling character and his fellow citizens have confidence in him and are willing to support him in anything he undertakes. His polity in his business is prompt service and good goods, and he not only buys the best quality the market affords, but he marks them to his customers at the lowest possible price consistent with their real value. As a consequence of his above-board policies and modern methods Mr. Holland enjoys a wide patronage and is very successful.
William Dare Holland was born at Raleigh, North Carolina, April 29, 1887, a son of John B. and Carrie M (Adams) Holland, the latter of whom was born and reared at Raleigh but the former was born in Johnston County, North Carolina. The paternal grandfather, George Holland, served in the War Between the States, and died of smallpox during the war period. John B. Holland is a very active man, operating two mills and 600 acres of land in Cumberland County. He has served as United States Commissioner, United States deputy marshal, and United States deputy collector of the Eastern District of North Carolina, and was the first public cotton weigher ever appointed from Dunn, where he and his wife reside.
Reared at Dunn, William Dare Holland attended its public schools, and later took a business course. While his parents resided at Dunn from the time he was three years old, the farm was near enough to the town for him to gain a first-hand knowledge of farming, and he also worked in the store owned by his father. Married at eighteen, he felt it incumbent upon him as head of a household to go into business for himself, and when nineteen he embarked in a general mercantile business, his cash capital being forty dollars. From the start he was successful, and he kept on increasing his stock as his funds justified, and today he is conducting a very large and constantly augmenting business.
In 1911 Mr. Holland enlisted as a private of Company M of the local National Guard, being one of the charger members, and when the Guard were ordered mobilized for service on the Mexican border in 1916 he went with his command and participated in that campaign. He was one of the three charter members of Company M that was in the World war, and was captain of “L” Company assigned to the One Hundred and Nineteenth Infantry, Thirteenth Division, Old Hickory, and went overseas with this unit. Stricken with influenza while in the trenches in the Ypres sector, he was confined in hospital until he was honorably discharged in 1919.
With his return to civilian life he resumed his mercantile activities. On June 21, 1921, he was appointed postmaster of Dunn by President Harding, and reappointed June 28, 1926, by President Coolidge, and is the present incumbent of the office. Under his administration the affairs of the office have been brought into fine condition, and the service is eminently satisfactory.
On June 30, 1904, Mr. Holland married Leola F. Lewis, a daughter of B. and Jane (Parker) Lewis, natives of Sampson County, North Carolina. For years a merchant of Dunn, Mr. Lewis is now retired. Mr. And Mrs. Holland have three children: Kathleen Dare, who was born March 15, 1905; Bert Melton, who was born August 22, 1906; and Herbert Clifford, who was born February 4, 1908.
In December 1925, Mr. Holland was elected commander of Dunn-Erwin Post No. 59, American Legion, for the year 1926. This post is a prosperous unit of 120 members. Fraternally r. Holland holds membership with the Knights of Pythias, the Junior Order United American Mechanics and the Loyal Order of Moose, and he is a past chancellor commander and present deputy of the Knights of Pythias. He is president of the Merchants Association of Dunn, and a member of the Chamber of Commerce, and is on its directorate. Not only does he own considerable residential and business property at Dunn, but he deals in real estate, is a stockholder in the Dunn Hotel Company, operating the fine Cotton Dale Hotel erected in 1926, which hostelry compares favorably to any similar house in the South, and is chairman of a special committee of the company. In politics he is a republican, and he is one of the effective party workers. The Baptist Church has in him one of its most earnest workers, and he is a deacon of the church. The family residence is at 310 South Magnolia Avenue, and here is a comfortable home that is maintained. Mrs. Holland is a member of the auxiliary which Mr. Holland has organized since he became commander of the post, and she is deeply interested in the work.