On April 20, 1901, when the Yazoo & Mississippi Valley Railroad linked Grenada with
Parsons, Holcomb realized a depot on his land would draw considerable trade. On Sept. 14,
1901, he filed a plat (surveyed and drawn by Steve Ritchie of Winona) of the new railroad
town of Holcomb, with two main streets paralleling that railroad line. The name Holcomb
derives from the early English words "holt" meaning woods and "combe"
meaning valley, or "wooded valley," a fitting name for the area's lovely wooded
Early businesses included several general stores, the Bank of Holcomb (established in
1905), a stave factory, a saw mill, an ax-handle factory, a cotton gin, a blacksmith's
shop, a hotel and a school.
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|The town also had "a stave
factory, a saw mill, an ax-handle factory, a large Munger-system cotton gin, one church
... and an excellent school," according to a 1907 report.