Lois Holzer reviews 90 years of changes in Timber Lake

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The Holzer family, about 1958. FRONT (L-R): Dianne, Sharon and Dan; BACK: Mike holding Dennis, Lois, and Stan.

The Holzers in 1972. FRONT (L-R): Dennis, Lois, Mike; BACK: Dan, Sharon, Stan, Dianne.

Decade by decade, times change, communities change. Lois Coyle Holzer has watched and experienced nine decades of changes in the Timber Lake community.

Lois was born a few miles north of Timber Lake, moved into town with her family when she was in second grade. She graduated from high school, married, raised five children with her husband, Mike, and was employed for 30 years in Timber Lake. Lois had a front row view of the community over many years. In addition to the view, the community and its changes have been a part of her everyday life for the past 90 years.

Lois was born on April 28, 1929 to Jay and Iva (McGuire) Coyle, the fifth of eleven siblings. She attended first grade at Taylor School in the country, then St. Joseph’s Catholic School until 6th grade.

She attended her 7th & 8th grade at Pleasantville School, staying with her Aunt Mary McGuire in the teacherage. Growing up in Timber Lake, Lois says her mother didn’t let the kids go downtown very often. However, a few of the businesses she remembers include Louis Dopita’s bakery, the Crain grocery store, and Kesling’s Hardware.



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