| My grandfather James Jones Holsing grew up in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. He was the son of W. J. Holsing and Mary Agnes Jones. He met his wife the former Emma Mae Patzsch there and was married in 1926. He was one of three children. His siblings were Margaret "Stella" Holsing and William Fredrick "Ted" Holsing.
James attended Bucknell University and spent his life in a career with AT&T. He moved to Hillside New Jersey where he became Mayor and Police Commissioner. He had two children, Agnes Mae Holsing and James Judgson Holsing, my father. In 1949 the family moved to Springfield Massachusetts where I was born some years later.
Grand-Daddy was quite an audiophile with a large collection of records. His home in Springfield was wired with handbuilt speakers, some mounted on walls. Each one had it's own volume control. He built a speaker cabinet as big as a desk that sat in the living room facing the davenport. His Christmas lights were the talk of the nieghborhood. The whole system was completely mounted on painted wood for easy set-up each year. He built special racks in the basement to store them. A large illuminated Jesus stood in the yard. He could build almost anything around the house. A standing lamp he made nearly 70 years ago sits next to my desk. Although he died when I was just a child I can still remember how his mustache tickled when he gave me a kiss!
Note: "Arcos" are cigarettes from Czechoslovakia. BLI
Holsing - Patzsch Unknown newspaper: Canonsburg 1926
The marriage of Miss Emma Mae Patzsch, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George C. Patzsch, of Iron Street, and James Jones Holsing son of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Holsing, of Smithfield Street was solemnized last evening at 6:30 o'clock in the Central Presbyterian Church of this place. The ceremony was performed by the pastor, Rev. Leroy Myers, and took place in front of an embankment of ferns, palms and cut flowers. Mrs. A. J. Kirkpatrick sang "O Promise Me" and "At Dawning" accompanied on the piano by Mrs. W. F. Holsing, who also rendered the wedding march. The attendents were Miss Grace Patzsch, the sister of the bride, as bridesmaid, and Edwin G. Wilson, as best man. The bride wore a dark blue traveling suit with a corsage of Madam Butterfly roses. Immediately after the ceremony Mr. and Mrs. Holsing left for Pittsburgh where they were entrained for Cleveland, Ohio, Buffalo and New York, later going to Philadelphia where they will reside, the groom being an employee of the American Telegraph Company of that city.
Out of town guests present were, Mrs. W. F. Holsing, Long Island, NY; Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Vitchestain, Pittsburgh; Mrs. Ad Brown and Mrs. Keeler, McKeesport; Elmer Wirtz, Bridgeville, PA.
Mrs. W. F. Holsing is the second wife of W. F. Holsing 1840-1920. Elmer Wirtz eventually married Miss Grace Patzsch.
My father gave me this Police Commissioner badge at a birthday dinner. My grandfather was the Hillside New Jersey Police Commissioner in the late forties. I was honored to recieve it.