JACOB G. HOLDERMAN is the junior member of the firm of Scott & Holderman, proprietors of the
Bethany Roller Mills, which are noted throughout the State for both quantity and quality of the
farinaceous product which they prepare for use. Our subject was located at Bethany where he
engaged in business in September, 1887, and has since been a member of the above mentioned firm,
which is broadly known as one upon whose word and judgment the greatest reliance may be reposed.
Their dealings have always been conducted on such a basis as to win the confidence of all with
whom they are connected.
He of whom we write was born in Montgomery County, Ohio, January 6, 1850, and is a son of Joseph
and Amanda (Wampler) Holderman, natives of Ohio and Maryland, respectively. He is the third in
order of birth in a family of four children. His early life was passed on a farm in his native
county. It was not his privilege to enjoy and extended education, though he was fond of books
and made excellent use of his time at school. At the age of twenty years he went to the city of
Indianapolis where he learned the milling business with the Gibson Milling Company. He remained
in the employ of this company for four years, after which he went to Cincinnati and was in the
employ of Root & Co. for one year.
Thus fully drilled and equipped with a knowledge of the business which he had chosen as that to
which he should devote himself, our subject came to Decatur, Ill., where he was in the employ of
D.S. Shellebarger & Co. millers. After that he came to Bethany. Moultrie County, and became
associated with A.B. Scott as partner in a milling business of their own. His career was begun
by a thorough and complete overhauling of the entire mill, and in this work Mr. Holderman showed
himself to be master of the mechanical workings of the business. When his work was finished the
place was in first- class shape and besides being engaged as manufacturers they carry on a merchant
and exchange business. The firm also deals largely in grain.
Our subject was married in 1879 to Miss Maggie Campbell, at the time of their marriage a resident
of Indianapolis but a native of Scotland, and a daughter of Andrew Campbell. With her Mr. Holderman
enjoyed but four years of marital felicity, her decease taking place in 1883. She left one little
daughter whose name is Marjery. Five years later Mr. Holderman was again married, taking as his
companion a sister of his first wife, whose given name is Mai. Their marriage was celebrated November
14, 1888. Mrs. Holderman is an intelligent and bright woman whose wholesome presence animates and
invigorates those who are brought into communication with her.
In his political life he of whom we write is a Democrat. Socially, he is a member of the Independent
Order of Odd Fellows, and also of the Modern Woodmen of America. Mr. Holderman is liberal in his
religious belief; his wife, however, is a member of the Presbyterian Church, in which she is an
energetic and ardent worker, both for the support of the local organization and spreading of the
The father of our subject, Joseph Holderman, pursued farming as a business until the breaking out
of the Civil War, when he entered the service with a regiment from Indianapolis and served four
years as trainmaster. After the war he was engaged as a contractor and builder at Indianapolis,
during which he led a busy life. He is spending his declining years at Troy, Ohio. Our subject's
mother died at Bunker Hill, Ind., in 1857. Of the parental family John M. was a soldier in the
Union army during the Civil War, and was thus engaged for three years, in which time he did honorable
and effective service. After leaving the army he became a railroad man, being yardmaster at Lorain,
Ohio, where he died when about forty years of age; George H. is Superintendent of the fire alarm
and telegraph at Indianapolis, Ind., and Orlando is a farmer at Bunker Hill, Ind.
The parental grandparents of our subject came from Pennsylvania at an early day and settled on the
site now occupied by the National Soldiers; Home at Dayton, Ohio, the grandfather pursued the calling
of farming and was also a butcher and cattle dealer. Jacob G. Holderman, our subject, has been very
successful thus far in his career and, being a comparatively young man, he has a right to expect a
greater degree of success to crown his plans and efforts for the future.
Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties, 1891 - p. 304/307
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