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McRee home
This house in Block 6 facing Williams Street was home to the families of Gus Arnold (who built it), Dr. B.W. Farr and J. Fulton McRee.

An era of porches

Like most small Southern towns, Holcomb, Mississippi's oldest homes were clapboard with wide porches to catch the breezes and high ceilings to keep the rooms cool in summer.

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Most were built in the two decades after the founding of the town in 1901. By the 1970s, when most of these photos were taken, many already were in decline, but these images give a flavor of that earlier era. Today, many of these homes have been extensively renovated as new generations have turned Holcomb into a thriving bedroom community. For a map of the town to help orient the homes below, click here.

Lyda Holcomb home
The right side of this home in Block C at the corner of South Main Street and Tuscahoma was the town's first post office when its owner, Lyda Holcomb, was the first postmistress.
Gibson home
The families of Dr. E.W. Curle, Mrs. M.L. Williams, E.D. Holcomb, Helen and C.V. Gibson (who owned the drug store) and Shaw Williams have lived in this home in Block F on Williams Street/Sparta Road.
E.D. Holcomb home
Edwin Holcomb, son of D.L. Holcomb, built this home in 1918 in Block 17 facing Highway 7 South.
Elliott-Watson home
The Jim Eliott-W.F. Watson home is in block Q on Williams Street/Sparta Road. Eliott was the town's mail carrier for many years.
Hill home
This home in Block 7 facing Paschal Street was home to the Hardwick family, Mrs. M.L. Williams and Dr. A.S. Hill.
Matthews home
Built by Dr. C.C. Moore, this house in Block 17 facing Highway 7 South later was home to D.L. Holcomb, then his daughter Hortense
Matthews.
Clark-Jacksons-Oakley-Clanton home
This home in Block G facing Williams Street/Sparta Road was home to the families of Lige Clark (who built it), the "Punch" Jacksons, Kathleen Oakley and Gary Clanton.
Nason home
The families of Joe Harris, Volney Nason and Charles Holland lived in this home in Block F facing Williams Street/Sparta Road.
Staten home
The families of Robert Turner (who built it), Vennie Turner, C.H. Shaw, Kirk McRee and Noel Staten lived in this home in Block E at the corner of South Main Street and Williams Street/Sparta Road.
W.T. Hill home
In Block 4 facing Williams Street, this house was home to the families of Rodney Brewer, R.A. McRee, W.H. Rice and W.T. Hill.
McMahon
Sam J. Curle (who built it) and H.K. McMahon (whose wife, Duckett, was a long-time Holcomb postmistress) lived in this home in Block G facing Paschal Street.
Aven home
John Howard Aven, W.H. Rice, Ida and Donna Singleton and Lewis McCalop, lived in this home in Block H facing Tuscahoma Street.
Hayden home
This was the L.T. Hayden home in Block M facing Tuscahoma Street. Hayden once owned the town's hotel.
Fonville home
The A.J. Fonville and Vernon Fonville families and Ruby Owens lived in this home in Block 2 facing Tuscahoma Street.
Mays home
Dr. Mays (who built it) and W.B. "Uncle Mose" Simpson, long-time depot agent, lived in this home in Block 13 facing Tuscahoma Street.
Holland-Keasler home
The families of Bun Holland and George Keasler lived in this home in Block H facing Tuscahoma Street.
Hayden-Wilson home
Owners of this home in Block 9 facing Tuscahoma Street include Wes Hayden and Ruby Wilson.
Shumate home
Murf Shumate, Vernon Carver were among the owners of this home in Block I facing Tuscahoma Street.
Hightower-Mullen-Workman home
Dr. L.H. Hightower (who built it), Ben Smith, C.C. Mullen and Verne Workman (whose wife, "Miss Sally" taught generations of Holcomb schoolchildren) were among the owners of this home in Block F facing Williams Street/Sparta Road.
Curry home
Bates Curry owned this home in Block 12 facing Tuscahoma Street.
Norris home
The Norris home in Block 19 at Tuscahoma Street and Highway 7 was the home of Jassie and "Uncle Sam," whose filling station was a favorite town gathering place.
Gray-Bloom home
The Will Gray-John Bloom home is in Block 8 facing Tuscahoma Street.
Holcomb-Williams-Carmel-Norris-Corder home
This home in Block 8 facing Tuscahoma Street was built by D.L. Holcomb as a rental house. Among those who have lived there are Mrs. M.L. Williams, Carmel and Mary Ella Norris and the Corder family.
Holcomb-Lord-Carver-Correro home
This home in Block 8 facing Tuscahoma Street was built by D.L. Holcomb as a rental house. Among those who lived there are the families of Earl Lord (who had the chair factory), Wade Carver and Phil Correro.
Singleton home
This home in Block 8 facing Paschal
Street was home to the Tribble family,
then to Fitzhugh and Hattie Singleton,
for many years a teacher in Holcomb
Elementary School. It's now owned by Gary Jackson.
Hayden-Williams homes
This home in Block F facing Tuscahoma Street was the John Hayden family home, then the home of Arthur and Addie Laura Williams.
Aven-Little home
In Block N facing Williams Street, the Charles H. Aven house also was home to Landis and John Eddie Little.

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