Hollis was born in either Bridgewater or Dundas, Minnesota. Bridgewater is a township almost entirely surrounding the small city of Dundas in southeastern Minnesota. His parents had moved out west to take advantage of the Homestead Act.
The family's attempt at homesteading failed and they moved back to east to Haverhill, Massachusetts, where Hollis's father found work in a shoe factory. This is where Hollis grew up.
He attended Dartmouth College and Yale Divinity School to become a minister.
He married Ada May Storrs in Mansfield, Connecticut, on November 20, 1913. They met while Hollis was the pastor of the Second Congregational Church in Coventry, Connecticut from 1912-1914.
(Hollis stayed at the church in Coventry from 1912 to 1927.) The preceding comment is not accurate in terms of Hollis' pastorate, however as late as 2012, more than a few members of 2d Church have many memories of him preaching there. At least one member fondly remembers Hollis Jr. One might wonder if Hollis returned to Coventry during his vacations from his own churches and filled in for 2d Church's vacationing pastor. It would fit Hollis' personality to spend his vacation from preaching, preaching.
According to the story below concerning the birth of his children, we know that Hollis was in the Cotuit church by September 1914, when daughter Ada May was born, and stayed at least beyond Stephen's birth in August 1915. In September 1917, he was in his church in Salem, MA where Rebecca was born. Mildred's birth in February 1922 marks at least one date in which Hollis was pastor of the Jeffersonville VT church. By April 1928 Hollis Jr. was born and Hollis Sr had begun his ministry at the Lakeview church.
Sometime around mid-1952 Hollis wrote (or wrote down) "The Adventures of the Good Ship Naldee" which was an attempt to flesh out and preserve what had been essentially "oral stories" he had (we believe) made up on the fly as he told them to his first four grandkids (Bob and Steve Degree and Sally and Billy Nally) over a period of at least a year prior to him writing them down.
He preached at the Lakeview Church in Worcester for many years until he retired circa 1957.
Hollis's middle name, Manning, is shared with his daughter Mildred's son, Theodore Manning Whittenkraus, and his mother's father, Edward Manning Downie and his great-grandson Christopher Manning Bartlett. He is also the namesake of Mildred's daughter Holly Ann Davis
June 12, 1912
June, 1912 - May, 1914
June, 1914 - August, 1917
August, 1917 - August, 1920
October, 1920 - August(?), 1926
November(?), 1926 - December, 1956
1932 - December, 1956
1932 - December, 1956 Chaplin at the Brookside Home for the Aged. Worcester
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