Our History

The Holly Schoolhouse

Nearly 100 years of history in the Holly, WA community.

The schoolhouse once a place of education, then serving as the Community Club and center of Holly life, tragically burned down in its centennial year. The schoolhouse has been a part of many lives, memories and is a special part of the local history of Holly.

  • A Holly Winter, c.1900’s

    A Holly Winter, c.1900’s

    This is a wintertime photo of Holly in the early 1900’s. In the center of the picture is a combination Shingle Mill & Can Opener/Scissors Factory that was built between 1902 & 1905. To the right & behind this building is the Robert Wyatt Sr. home which was built in 1890. The white house with…

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  • 4th of July, c.1913

    4th of July, c.1913

    A Holly community 4th of July picnic is gathered here in front of the Bourke’s Point Post Office & Store. This store, Holly’s second (Robert Wyatt Sr. previously had one on the main floor of his home), was started by John Youngblood and his wife Minehaha in 1900. The Youngblood’s sold it to Fred Wyatt…

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  • High School Students, c.1932

    High School Students, c.1932

    In 1931, students attending high school commuted on school buses like this one between Holly & Silverdale. Many other students rode the bus along the route but pictured here are mostly Holly residents (See notation beside each student’s name). Photograph donated by Frieda Wyatt

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  • The Wyatt Family, c.1889

    The Wyatt Family, c.1889

    Robert & Ellen Wyatt & 7 of their children are photographed here in 1892. In the back row, from left, are Ralph, Cyprian, & Nellie. In the middle are Robert Jr., Robert Sr., Gertrude, & Ellen. Arthur rests his arm on his father’s knee & Gracie is on her mother’s lap. Photograph donated by Cyprian…

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  • Riverside Timber Company, c.1902

    Riverside Timber Company, c.1902

    Between 1902 & 1905, the Riverside Timber Company bought 21,000 acres of timberland around the Holly area. In this photo you can see the railroad tracks running in front of the Bourke’s Point post office & store. Behind the store is the dance hall / community center. Fred Wyatt’s home is seen in the far…

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  • Holly’s First Family, c.1890

    Holly’s First Family, c.1890

    The first family to settle in Holly, Robert Sr. & Ellen Wyatt & their children, built this house in 1890. Wyatt established the first post office & store on the home’s main floor & he was Holly’s first Postmaster. He & his elder sons also supported the family by fishing & logging. Wyatt gave the…

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