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Orris Joseph Hollowell
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Birth: Jan. 2, 1869
New London
Howard County
Indiana, USA
Death: Jul. 25, 1932
Howard County
Indiana, USA

LOCAL VETERAN BUSINESS MAN EXPIRES HERE - Orris J. Hollowell, Life-Long Resident of County, Dies Monday Afternoon -

Orris Joseph Hollowell, 63, one of the veteran business men of Kokomo, died at 4:00 o'clock Monday afternoon at the home of his aunt, 514 East Mulberry street. Death was attributed to a liver ailment following an attack of influenza.

Mr. Hollowell was born in a log cabin in Monroe township, and was the son of Charles and Anna Hollowell. His father died two years ago and his mother last April. When he was but a year old his parents moved to Kokomo where he resided practically continuously afterward.

Started Business Here.

Immediately on completing work in the local schools, Mr. Hollowell was employed as a clerk in the old Bee Hive store when that store occupied the site where the McLellan store now stands. Later he was a clerk in the Henry Styre book store and following that was employed by E. N. Cole, a druggist who had a store where the Meyer Drug company is at the present time.

At the conclusion of this employment, Mr. Hollowell went to Lafayette where he worked in a drug store for two years and on his return to the city in 1898 he bought the Harvey Lenz(?) drug store which was located where the Colonial theater now operates. This store was later moved to the Howard National Bank building and the firm of Hollowell & Ryan established. Mr. Hollowell was a member of that firm for more than twenty years.

Because of ill health the left that business and entered the automobile accessory business under the firm name of the Burkwell Battery company, which business he operated until the time of his death.

In the business world he was known as a man of high integrity and unusual ability. He had a host of friends and one of the widest business acquaintances in the city. He was at all times alert and active and his ventures were universally successful.

Few Survivors
His wife died in 1915 and his only survivors at the time of his death were H. Glen Hollowell, a brother; John M. Hollowell, nephew; and his aunt, Miss Mary McCoy, at whose home he died. He was one of the prominent members of the Hollowell-McCoy reunion association, which meets here each August, and he was a member of the Union Street Friends Church.

The funeral will be held Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock at the Union Street Friends church in charge of the Rev. Ward Applegate. burial will be in Crown Point cemetery.

Know Old Time Town.

A resident here from early boyhood, few are left who remember the personnel and tradition of Kokomo of the country-town days as well as did Orris J. Hollowell, and fewer still are left who could reminisce regarding them so entertainingly. He had a vivid recollection of old-time characters and of stirring incidents in community history of half a century ago.

Although he lacked a college education, he had supplemented his high school training with wide and diversified reading and considerable scientific and mechanical research, with the result that he was a man of far more than ordinary information. The extent of his knowledge was let known except to his intimate friends, for he was naturally too reticent a person easily in he induced to reveal his opinions or state his sources of authority for his views.

Had Enduring Friendships.

That there were dependable fiber and enduring worth in the man, is evinced by the fact that his closest relations were with acquaintances of a lifetime - men with whom he had associated from boyhood. They knew the really fine qualities of heart and mind the man possessed, and to them the way will be lonelier because of the loss of a companion who had been steadfast in his attachments through the gathering years and who was faithful and true to the last hour of his unobtrusive, yet upright and useful life.

[Kokomo Tribune, Kokomo, Indiana, Friday, 7/16/1932, page 10, column 1].
Family links: 
  Charles R. Hollowell (1846 - 1930)
  Barbara Ann McCoy Hollowell (1847 - 1932)
  Orris Joseph Hollowell (1869 - 1932)
  Harvey E. Hollowell (1871 - 1873)*
  Harland Glen Hollowell (1878 - 1960)*
  Walter Kent Hollowell (1882 - 1904)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: d 614 E. Mulberry
Crown Point Cemetery
Howard County
Indiana, USA
Plot: Sec: 5, Lot: 95, Sp: 1
Created by: John C. Anderson
Record added: Dec 16, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 45507620
Orris Joseph Hollowell
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