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Addie Alston DeGraffenried Holman

Sketch of Mrs. J. B. Holman In World Encyclopedia

Word has been received here that the following data, accompanied by a picture, will be included in the 1944 edition of the Biographical Encyclopedia of the World. This publication prints an authentic record of notable living men and women in every country throughout the world:

"Holman, Mrs. Jesse B. (nee Addie Alston de Graffenried) Author, was born August 10, 1862, in Fayette County, Texas; the daughter of Thomas Elliott and Catherine (Murchison) de Graffenried. She is of Swiss Nobility ancestry, and a descendent of the Revolutionary hero, Capt. Francis de Graffenried. She was educated at Deshler College, receiving an M. A. at the age of 17, in 1880. She married Jesse Burette Holman in 1882. Eight children were born to them: Forrest (deceased), Lilly, Tye Yates, Annie Laurie, Jesse, Katherine, Eloise, and Neil (deceased.).

“Mrs. Holman began her career as an author at an early age. She is the only Texan who has written a book on astronomy: The Zodiac, the Constellations and the Heavens, 1924; and An Easy Guide to Astronomy, 1940. She has written many short articles on various subjects. She is a member of Authors and Composers of America; an officer and member of the Texas Woman's Press Associations and during World War I aided with Red Cross. She has promoted the organization of astronomical clubs. Special interests are conchology, music and oil painting."

This Biographical Encyclopedia is published by the Institute for Research In Biography, 296 Broadway, New York, N. This book records those persons in each country whose achievements in their respective fields are worthy of recognition. The volume records the careers of the heads of all countries as well as leaders in the field of art, science, government, religion, jurisprudence, medicine, education, commerce, and the outstanding military figures.

Mrs. Holman now lives at 503 West Kings Highway. San Antonio. She and her family moved from the Weimar community several years ago and has since made San Antonio her home.

Her many friends here are happy to learn of this honor bestowed upon her.

Weimar Mercury, August 4, 1944, page 1

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