The mission of the Johnson Historical Society is to preserve our history by weaving stories of the past with the present, using our collections of artifacts and
displays, creating a legacy for future generations.
More information about the Town of Johnson
Historical Society meeting minutes
Johnson Historical Society Trustees and Officers
Dick Simays – President
Tom Carney – Vice President
Alice Whiting – Membership Secretary
Lois Frey – Recording Secretary
Kelly Vandorn – Treasurer
Mary Jean Smith
Dr. Holcomb's Desk
The Holcomb House
The Holcomb House
When Dr. Holcomb retired, his grandson Stephen Holcomb operated a funeral home in the building until selling the house in 1976 to the John des Groseilliers family, also for a funeral home. Dr. Holcomb’s granddaughters, Lynette and Carol live in Greensboro Bend and East Hardwick respectively and have shared memories and identified the rooms in the old section of the house. Family tales include that their grandmother Helen Crocker (Dr. Holcomb’s second wife) is responsible for all the hydrangeas planted in the Lamoille View Cemetery.
Dr. Holcomb was known to entertain and socialize with Howard & Ethel Hill, Harold & Eunice Beard, and Mr. & Mrs. Ralph C. Jenkins (Principal of the Normal School 1928-1935.) During the 1927 flood 14 people stayed at the Holcomb House and local merchant Mr. Assad Saleeby gathered cans of food without labels to help feed the people. As the water rose, the doctor’s drugs were taken to Mattie Baker’s house, up the hill on the west side of the Cold Spring.
The Historical Society is compiling all the stories that folks can remember about the Holcomb family and their home. For instance, Marie Boissoneault’s father, Lyndhurst West was delivered by and named after Dr. Holcomb. If you have a story to share, let us know. The Historical Society plans to do the same kind of data gathering for other buildings and families in the community to help recognize their contributions to Johnson’s history. We hope family historians or record-keepers, will contact us if they are willing to add stories or pictures to our collection. The Society already has a collection of pictures and write-ups for 68 Johnson couples who were or have been married fifty or more years