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Lydia Day Holmes (1870-?)
Daughter of Harry Holmes & Emeline Day, of Bay City, Michigan.

1900 biographical. - Added May, 2010.

Educators of Michigan: Biographical, 1900


One of the competent teachers engaged in the Bay City High School, is a native of that city, and attended the schools there during her girlhood.

She took a full course in the high school, and did one years' advanced work there after graduating therefrom, in 1885, in 1886 entering the University of Michigan. She completed her course at that institution in 1891, graduating with the degree of Ph. B., did special work in Latin, French and German, and took a teacher's diploma in those branches as well as in the art and science of Teaching. Her first position was in the college at Oxford, Ohio, where she taught French and German for one and one-half years, coming to Bay City in February, 1893, to teach in the high school, where she has since had charge of the Freshman work. Miss Holmes has won high standings among the teachers of that city and county.

1903 genealogy. - Added May, 2010.

Lineage Book – National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution,
Vol. 2, 1903

Page 145.


Born in Bay City, Michigan.

Descendant of Isaac Whiting.
Daughter of Henry Holmes and Emeline Day, his wife.
Granddaughter of John Day (1807-88) and Adeline Sage (1805-54), his wife.
Gr.-gr. granddaughter of Solomon Day and Sarah Whiting, his wife.
Gr.-gr. granddaughter of Isaac White and Mary Cooley, his wife, m. 1792.

Isaac Whiting, (1766-1842), enlisted 1781 under Capt. James Main and was discharged at West Point 1783. He applied for three years' actual service as private, Massachusetts line. In 1845 his widow received pension in Canada.

1912 resolution. - Added May, 2010.

Conference, Conservation and Development of the Natural Resources of Michigan
Representative Hall, Capitol,
Lansing, Michigan, Wednesday, June 12, 1912.


Prof. J. Fred Baker, Michigan Agricultural College.

Page 13.

It has been said of the present day status of the movement, “Forestry is everywhere but in the woods.” The statement is true, the people in general have thought much over the whole conversation problem. What is now wanted are facts as bases for actual procedure.

Miss Lydia D. Holmes, of Bay City, was present and gave a very able address on, “The Instruction of School Children in the fundamental Principles of Conservation.” At the conclusion of the above she introduced the following resolution:

Resolved, Than this Conference express to the Superintendent of Public Instruction, to the Presidents of the State Institutions of learning, to the President of the State Teachers Association, the State Teachers Club, the School Masters' Club and to the State Superintendents' Association, the wish that they had the organizations they represent, at their earliest convenience, earnestly consider the question of the advisability and the best methods of systematic conservation instruction in Michigan's public schools, with a view to some plan of regular systematic conservation instruction in the schools of the State.

The foregoing resolution was supported by Hon. Junius E. Beal, of Ann Arbor, and was unanimously adopted by the Conference.

Additional Notes.

    See biography of “Harry Holmes”, for information on Lydia's family history.

    1880 - Census: Bay City, Mich.

  • Holmes, Harry, b. 1833 England
  • Emeline, wife
  • Children: Adeline, Susie, Victoria, Emma, John, Daisy, Wendall, Francis.

    1900 – Census: Bay City, Mich.

  • Holmes, Emeline, b. Mar 1850 New York
  • Lydia D., daughter, b. Feb 1870 Mich., school teacher
  • Wendall, son, b. May 1871 Mich., wood dealer

    1914 - Lydia was a member of the Anne Frisby Fitzhugh Society in Bay City. [Proceeding the Continental Congress of the Daughters of American Revolution.]

Related Note & Pages

Holmes, Harry (father) Holmes, John H. (brother)
People Referenced
Baker, J. Fred
Beal, Junius E.
Cooley, Mary (gg-mother)
Day, Emeline (mother)
Day, John (g-father)
Day, Solomon (gg-father)
Holmes, Adeline (sis.)
Holmes, Emma (sis.)
Holmes, John H. (bro.)
Holmes, Julia F. (sis.)
Holmes, Francis (sis.)
Holmes, Lydia D.(subject)
Holmes, Harry (father)
Holmes, Susan (sis.)
Holmes, Victoria (sis.)
Holmes, Wendell D. (bro.)
Main, James Capt.
Sage, Adeline (g-mother)
Whiting, Isaac, (ancestor)
Whiting, Sarah (gg-mother)
Subjects Referenced
Bay City, MI
Bay City high school
Massachusettes line
Michigan Agr. Col.
Michigan, Univ.
New York
Oxford College, OH
Ontario, Canada
West Point
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