A former Yadkin County School superintendent has written a personal memoir about his family. Dr. Cleve Hollar, a Yadkin County native, spent many years in the education field as a teacher and principal. He was superintendent of Yadkin County Schools from 1984 to 1996.
Hollar recently wrote and published “Life on the Hollar Farm,” a book that chronicles five decades of life on a tobacco-growing farm in the Yadkin County community of Huntsville.
Hollar is the youngest of a family of 12 children. He wrote the book based on many of his own childhood memories and stories from his other siblings as well. His goal in writing the book was to preserve his family history for himself and other members of his family. Honoring his beloved parents was another reason he chose to write the book.
“I’ve always believed the best thing a parent can do for a child is to provide them a happy childhood and I had one,” he said. “We were blessed with remarkable parents. It’s kind of remarkable they were able to raise 12 children as well as they did. They both were determined to provide for us.”
Hollar said that making sure her children went to school was also very important to his mother.
“Mama was determined that we get an education,” he said. She always encouraged the children to read as well.
Hollar has not only written the book about his family, but he was able to preserve and restore the 18×22-foot log cabin where seven of his brothers and sisters were born. The cabin now sits on his own property and family members stay in the cabin when they come to visit.
“I wanted to document what life was like on the Hollar Farm for each of the 12 family members and I was able to preserve their first home,” Hollar said.
Though the book tells the story of Hollar’s own family, it’s a story many in rural communities will identify with.
“It covers the period from 1913 to 1957. Mother’s family, at that time, were farmers. While it’s about the life of the Hollar Farm, most who grew up here would have had similar experiences,” he said.
Raising tobacco, producing moonshine, the old country store in the community, and other topics specific to rural life in Yadkin County are covered in the book, along with photos of the Hollar family.
Copies of the book may be ordered at TheBookPatch.com or by contacting Cleve Hollar at [email protected] or 336-463-2300.
Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.