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Edward S. Holt
Death Due to Pneumonia
Former Anamosa Resident Dies at Cedar Rapids
Visited Local Relatives Chrismas Day
Edward S. Holt died at a hospital in Cedar Rapids, last Sunday night, after an illness of only a few days. He was a native of Anamosa, and a graduate of the Anamosa high school. He came from a family identified with the early history of this city and locality. He was a son of the late E. C. Holt of Anamosa.
On Christmas day he was in Anamosa greeting old-time friends while a guest in the home of his sister, Mrs. Clifford L. Niles. When he returned to Cedar Rapids the following morning, he was suffering from a severe cold. His family had left two weeks before for Miami, Florida, and he was stopping temporarily at the Allison hotel.
Saturday evening pneumonia developed, and he was taken at once to a hospital. His family was summoned, but failed to reach his bedside before his death. As soon as the seriousness of his condition was realized a specialist from Chicago, an old-time friend, was summoned, but he also failed to reach Mr. Holt before the end. Mrs. Holt, with the children, started homeward from Florida, and on Monday had not been reached with notice of her husband's death. They arrived at Cedar Rapids yesterday. The following sketch of the deceased is taken from the Cedar Rapids Gazette:
"Edward Sales Holt was born in Anamosa, October 17, 1874, and received his early education in the public schools in that place. He also was graduated from the Anamosa high school, and later was graduated from the School of Pharmacy at the Iowa State university. Following his graduation from the university he was employed as a pharmacist in Dubuque. He came to Cedar Rapids about twenty years ago, and was for several years owner and proprietor of the Grand Hotel pharmacy.
"Mr. Holt became identified with the Howard-Holt company soon after its organization here about twelve years ago by Charles Howard, now of Los Angeles. Starting in a small way, it was largely through Mr. Holt's energy and his thorough knowledge of the drug and physicians' supply business, that the company became one of the largest of its kind in the central west. At the time of his death he was secretary and treasurer of the Howard-Holt company, secretary and treasurer of the E. S. Holt company, a subsidiary concern, and treasurer of the Gazette company. He was a member of the local Elks lodge.
"He was married October 29, 1892, to Mollie Leston Miller, daughter of the late Clarence L. Miller, and to them were born three children, Rachel, age, twelve, and Mary, age, eight. The other child died in infancy. He is also survived by four sisters, Mrs. Clifford Niles, Anamosa; Mrs. Charles R. Howard, Los Angeles; Mrs. O. L. Perfect, New York City and Miss Nell Holt of Los Angeles. Also by one brother, H.J. Holt of Manitou, Colorado, but who is at present in Nashville, Tenn.
"Mr. Holt was well known throughout the central west in a business way, and enjoyed a particularly wide acquaintance throughout Iowa. His acquaintance and associations in Cedar Rapids included practically the entire business population, and he was known as one of the most enterprising of the younger generation of business men. He was distinctly a family man, and there were very few hours when he was not at his office that he was not with his wife and children at home. He accompanied his family and Mrs. Holt's mother, Mrs. Miller, as far as Chicago when they left for Miami two weeks ago."

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Source: The Anamosa Eureka, Anamosa, Iowa, January 3, 1918

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