by Patricia Feager, 5/12/19
Mrs. Ada Rowland Holton
Born May 30, 1890, Dyersburg, TN
Staying connected is one of the most important roles in life we play in the lives of others. My recent trip to Tennessee invited me to step back in time and explore the countryside and learn about people, places, and things.
Ada Rowland Holton was a Switchboard Operator and widow who kept people connected in Middle, Tennessee. At the time she was born, the President of our country was Benjamin Harrison from 1889 to 1893. He was from the Whig Party. The Civil War battled from 1861 to 1865 and the country was still healing. Those that survived the Civil War and had children learned to grow up and adjust to whatever cards they were dealt in life. Ada was a communicator who kept people connected.
The World Doesn't Stop After Adversities
Picking oneself up by the bootstraps is something Ada learned. The photos I took and selected for this post represent the strength and courage it took Ada to go on and bring a child into this world. The furniture in my photos is what she used while she managed to stay engaged in the life of her daughter and contribute to her community keeping people connected through all the milestones and life events.
When Ada wasn't working as an Operator, she made the rugs that were loom-woven to bring warmth to their feet. The Singer Sewing Machine enabled her to make clothes. She made simple home improvements with her personal touches by embroidering and crocheting, making quilts, pillowcases, and adding special touches like bringing hand-picked wildflowers indoors. Ada Rowland Holton represented the fabric of Early Americans. For 25 years she served the community as a Sweet Operator.
No matter what the circumstances are everyone can make home improvements and survive adversities.