Holderby Family has deep roots in Cabell County West Virginia
mÂ»e 21, 1959 Sunday ----Chwltston, West Virata Â·EIGHT-DAY SESQUICENTENNIAL CELEBRATION BEGINS FRIDAY 'Cabellarama' Presents County's History By Clyde C. Ball HUNntoGTON-M^-In 1806-7-8, one historian says, 8,000 bear skins were shipped on Ohio River boats which called at landings at the mouths of the Big Sandy and the Guyandatte. - The next year, by act of the Virginia Assembly, an area larger jihan Rhode Island was separated from huge Kanawha County and officially became Cabell County. How times have changed in 150 years. There is only ane bear in the county (since reduced to 286 square miles) which was named for a Virginia governor. (It's in a cage at a nearby amusement center.) center.) And the only bare skins on the river these days are tiie muscular backs and arms of towboat towboat deckhands who have helped to make Huntington the busiest port on the Ohio for years. * * Â» TOM HOLDERBY, a former legislator w h o s e great-great- grandfather William and great grandfather William II were here when it began, likes to talk of the changes and history which CabeQ eouatians are taking note of in a bewiaskered, eight-day Sesquioentennial celebration starting starting Friday. All of Fairfield Stadium's football field will be the stage for "Cabellarama," an historic historic drama professionally produced produced and with a cast of hundreds hundreds of local citizens. Scheduled Scheduled for six nights, it hits the high spots of Cabell progress: the influence of the great rivers; rivers; the coming of the Chesapeake Chesapeake Ohio Railway, (first train from Richmond Jan. 29, 1873); railroad builder Collis P. Hontiogtoa's foresight in laying laying out the town named for him (chartered Feb. 27, 1871); growth in industry, business a n d population; flourishing farming center and market place. The Holderbys are among the few families which have shared that progress since revolutionary War days, and their story pretty pretty wdl tells the history of the country. William Holderby Sr. settled in Guyandotte, a section of present Hunoglon east of the Guyai- dofcte River. The first courthouse was located in one of his fields' the town established in 1810. His son James (1782-1855) farmed the land on which Marshall Marshall College was established in 1S37. James built a bouse overlooking the river which became became known as Holderby's Landing (other local names: Brownsville and Central City). The landing was at the foot of Holderby's Lane, now 16th St. Near the other end of the lane, James' son Edward (1844-90), member of Huofcmgtaa's first city council, erected a brick house on a knoll, a stone's throw from the Cabellarama stage. Later the county detention home, the house was rased when Cabefl-Huntmg- ton Hospital was built a few years ago. * * * ABRAHAM LINCOLN -- born the year Cabell was formed-came formed-came ashore at Holderby's Landing Landing in 1847 white en route to Washington via Wheeng to begin begin a teem in Congress. In the same area is a road named for the family and a built largely by Ton* HoWerby's father, William Robert (18474916). and grandfather, Absalom, who died in tf* late Tom Holderby, who was 80 last January but looks 20 years younger, younger, recalls plowing a field near the stadium as a boy. A lot of local history bad been written up to then, and a lot more has been recorded in the some 65 years since then. In pageant pageant form, it wfll unfold m the "Cabellarama," Â«he feature. of the 150-year observance.