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 Edith Pamelia Katherine “Kate” <I>Holden</I> York

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Edith Pamelia Katherine “Kate” Holden York

Birth
Llano County, Texas, USA
Death
28 Nov 1948 (aged 74)
Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA
Burial
Pearland, Brazoria County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID
88981411 View Source

Kate Holden was the daughter of Daniel W Holden and Margaret Stegall. She married James William York on 25 Sep 1895 in Fredericksburg, Texas. They were the parents of five children: William Presley, Harley Martin Leroy, Katherine Margaret, Daniel Carroll, and James Weaver.

Kate was very religious, and as a member of the church of Christ, she naturally was opposed to the use of instruments within the church. But she took the concept a step further, considering instruments and "worldly" music to be corrupting influences even in the home. One of her sons, Carroll, wished for a fiddle, but she would not allow that. So he made the best imitation of one he could and kept it well hidden, taking it out to the cornfield to play it.

Some time in the 1930s, when she lived with her son Harley and his family, Harley bought a radio. Determined not to remain in the house with that sinful contraption, she took her mattress and moved out to the corn crib. Her grandson Preston, who told this story about her, (and it was later confirmed by her son Carroll,) could not recall how she was convinced to eventually return to the house, but thought it might have been either mice or cold that drove her back to the house. Somehow, it seems rather doubtful that a few rodents and a bit of chilly weather could defeat this staunch lady!

Kate Holden was the daughter of Daniel W Holden and Margaret Stegall. She married James William York on 25 Sep 1895 in Fredericksburg, Texas. They were the parents of five children: William Presley, Harley Martin Leroy, Katherine Margaret, Daniel Carroll, and James Weaver.

Kate was very religious, and as a member of the church of Christ, she naturally was opposed to the use of instruments within the church. But she took the concept a step further, considering instruments and "worldly" music to be corrupting influences even in the home. One of her sons, Carroll, wished for a fiddle, but she would not allow that. So he made the best imitation of one he could and kept it well hidden, taking it out to the cornfield to play it.

Some time in the 1930s, when she lived with her son Harley and his family, Harley bought a radio. Determined not to remain in the house with that sinful contraption, she took her mattress and moved out to the corn crib. Her grandson Preston, who told this story about her, (and it was later confirmed by her son Carroll,) could not recall how she was convinced to eventually return to the house, but thought it might have been either mice or cold that drove her back to the house. Somehow, it seems rather doubtful that a few rodents and a bit of chilly weather could defeat this staunch lady!


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