She Was A Sweet Operator

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by Patricia Feager, 5/12/19



Mrs. Ada Rowland Holton

Sweet Operator

Born May 30, 1890, Dyersburg, TN


Staying Connected


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.


Telephone Operator


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.


Extracurricular Activities

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. 


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Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

I love your insights into all the places you visit. 

Thanks for sharing this peek into Ada's life. I find it interesting that she both lived and worked in the same place. 

I wonder if more people had pianos back in the day than they do now. Just a thought.

Have a great day!

May 13, 2019 03:01 AM #1
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Patricia. What an interesting story of a simple yet remarkable woman.

May 13, 2019 04:37 AM #2
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, Patricia... there are many such "quiet" amazing women who are the true heroes in our lives and don't get recognized enough.

May 13, 2019 05:00 AM #3
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

A nice, sweet post recognizing a beneath-the-radar woman. I'm glad she is honored in TN.

May 13, 2019 05:30 AM #4
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That is a great story about Ada, sounds like a wonderful woman indeed.  I am so glad that you enjoyed your time in Tennessee.  I always love it when I get to spend time in Tennessee!

May 13, 2019 07:00 AM #5
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Patricia thank you for sharing Ada's story.  I had not heard of her before.

May 13, 2019 01:40 PM #6
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Patricia - I like this post.  It brings back memories:  I can't recall the last time I read or heard Benjamin Harrison or the Whig Party mentioned.  A calmer, more gentle time?  We certainly can't argue that position with any authority.  At least I can't.  

May 16, 2019 05:44 AM #7
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