In 1869, a young, adventurous Dane immigrated to California, drawn by the dream of owning his own land. This young man, Carl Holm, did what many had done before him— worked hard, married, worked harder, bought a tract of land, built a home, raised a family and became a vital and contributing member of his community. Together, with his wife Ida, they raised 8 children in Livermore, California, the town they called home. Five generations later, the Holm clan is still in the Livermore Valley–many living on land parcels and ranches owned by past family members. The community of Livermore is located in the gateway between the agricultural Central Valley and the more urban areas of the San Francisco Bay Area of California. This “in-between” location has given rise to the diversity that is a hallmark of Livermore’s history.
The tract of land on which Carl and Ida Holm settled was located on what is now the corner of Isabel Avenue and Stanley Boulevard in Livermore. The farm house had an unobstructed view of Mount Diablo in the San Ramon Valley and was named Fair View.
Dick Holm, the youngest of Carl and Ida's children and his brother Leslie purchased land on Mines Road in Livermore and established the Circle H Ranch. Dick and Leslie farmed and ranched on both the Fair View farm and the Circle H, raising beef, horses, and dairy cattle, growing hay, grains, grapes, walnuts, and other crops.
Dick married Ione Teeter and they had five children. In addition to full-time farming and ranching, Dick was active in the Livermore community serving on the school board and helping to raise money for the construction of the Valley Memorial Hospital in Livermore. Ione raised the children, kept house, entertained many guests, and cooked meals for Dick and his workers. Ione was a great cook and was known to transport large quantities of food to the remote locations where Dick and his crew would be cutting hay, working cattle, or fixing fence.
Dick and Ione lived at Fair View until the mid 1960's and then moved to a new home on the Circle H Ranch. Both Dick and Ione lived at their home on Mines Road until their passing.
Many of Dick and Ione's children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren continue to live in Livermore and are active in the community. Their oldest daughter, Merilyn "Tilli" Holm Calhoun, is well known for her involvement in the cultural arts and historical societies.
The Fair View farm house under construction
Carl and Ida Holm and their children at their new home, 1906. Dick Holm is the small boy wearing the hat at the top of the steps.
Newlyweds Ione and Dick Holm, 1926
Dick and Ione Holm waiting for the California Zephyr train with their grandchildren.
Back: Dick holding Jimmy Holm, Gary Holm, Ione holding Nancy Calhoun.
Front: David Holm, Susie Calhoun, Lori and Wendy Neely, Peggy
Holm, Merry Calhoun. Pleasanton, May 26, 1962