The Toledo Evening Bee
February 12, 1884
Present Condition and Future Prospects of this Lucas County Village
PRETTILY LOCATED AND A FAIR COMPETITOR WITH MONCLOVA
For the Benefits to be Derived from the New Quarry Company
Holland, O., Feb 11, 1884
EDITOR BEE: I read with considerable interest (as I have no doubt many others did) the letter of your MONCOLVA correspondent in Wednesday’s Bee. Such letters are not only very readable matter, but are a benefit to the town, whose status and capabilities they treat of. Your Monclova correspondent gives a very glowing, and no doubt truthful account of the Stone Quarry Railroad, but he quite ignores the end of the road in his description thereof.
Holland is on the Lake Shore road, Air Line Division, nine and nine-tenth miles west of Toledo, according to the railway time-table, but we Hollanders call it ten miles. It numbers about 100 inhabitants, and is a pleasant four mile drive from Maumee. What we need most is some neat little cottages, for there is not a vacant house anywhere around, and people would come here and the town would thrive if there were houses for rent. The average rent for a nice brick house here if $4 per month. All the houses are brick, as there used to be a brick yard here, and a prettier place it would be hard to find in summer-time, there are so many nice trees. In winter, of course, it is not so agreeable, and during this kind of weather the mud is found to be very disagreeable, especially as there are no sidewalks. The “shouting Methodists” are holding protracted meetings just now, and we find it unnecessary to go to church in order to obtain the benefit of them. It is a great wonder that there is a sinner left in town. We have two stores, one is kept by P. & H. Wood, where everything can be found from a needle to a chew of tobacco. G.W. Corson keeps the other store in which is also located the postoffice; where almost anything can be found excepting a chew of tobacco and our Postmaster’s “Principes” cost him a round sum during a year, as it is said that tobacco is one of the best paying articles handled here.
Our agent returned after an absence of less than a week, although he was to have been gone for thirty days. The general verdict “homesickness,” and “I told you so” – the natural result of leaving one’s wife behind.
W.H. Sherwood, the blacksmith, complains of dull times, and it is understood that he is soon to throw aside the hammer and apron. John Walker is the constable, and John Wood runs the occassional meat market; but that is now a fixed institution, as the proprietor has laid in an abundant stock of choice ice.
The Stone Quarry road strikes the Lake Shore one mile west of here, and from this station all of the stone and sand are to be shipped. There is no doubt but this end of the road will reap as much benefit as Monclova.