Left: Allan and his wife Sue, Louise, Angela and Fred.
Right: part-time farm boys Fred and Allan Holbert
Robert and Lois had four children: Allan, Louise, Angela and Fred. Like so many grandchildren of Orlando, now spread across the country, Fred remembers the summers he and his brother Allan spent at the Holbert farm on Clover Fork. As did all kids of that day, they delighted in roaming the hills of the Clover Fork valley. The boys never forgot Orlando, and it seems Orlando didn’t forget them either. In November of 1959 Jessie Bragg wrote in the Orlando column for the Braxton Democrat:
“Allan B. Holbert, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Holbert, a student at the Columbia University graduate school of journalism, wins a $1000 scholarship. Allan graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1956 and has been the managing editor of the Nebraska Education News. He is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Holbert of Orlando, Route 2.”
Left: The Doghouse Dozen Minus a Few, a band organized by Fred and Allan when they were in high school in the Lincoln, Nebraska in the early 1950’s. Allan would go on to become a journalist and jazz musician in Lincoln, Nebraska and his brother Fred would become a professor at the University of Nebraska.
Nina Smarr, daughter of William Clarence and Dorothy (Harris) Smarr, became the foster daughter of Abia and Etta Cunningham as the result of the death of her father in a traffic accident in 1931. Nina graduated from Walkersville High School in 1942. She attended Glenville State College and became a teacher in the Lewis County Schools. Nina married Lawrence Craig and is the mother of two children from this union: Ronnie Craig and Dottie Starr. After the death of Lawrence and remaining a widow for a few years, Nina married Lydle Myers who is also now deceased."Nina, now retired, lives at Crawford, near Walkersville. This writer wishes to express his thanks to Nina, a great lover of history, for her help with this story.