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Emma Blanche Holly (1872-1922)

Emma Blanche Holly was born in Silveyville, Solano County, California, on October 24, 1872 to Amos Holly and Valora Cornell. Her father came to California across the plains in an ox cart from Illinois and eventually settled in Solano County and became a prosperous farmer. Her mother arrived in 1868 from Pennsylvania by way of the Isthmus of Panama. In 1900, Blanche was an unmarried teacher living with her parents and siblings. A September 22, 1900, newspaper article from the San Francisco Call celebrates Miss Blanche Holly's "coolness and bravery" as she battled a wild fire started by a spark from an engine that threatened the Pitts District Schoolhouse where she was teaching. According to the article, Miss Holly, "armed her pupils with wet sacks, the weapons with which stubble and grass fires are fought, and the flames were beaten off and stopped almost at the very door of the little schoolhouse."

Blanche was extremely proud of her pioneer California roots and was an active member of the Native Daughters of the Golden West. She died in 1922 and is buried in the Silveyville/Dixon Cemetery.


Judy Coy, San Anselmo Historical Museum