Holsinger, Ralph W.
    by J. Munro


Ralph Waldo Holsinger, son of Rufus Washington Holsinger. Ralph started working in his father's studio, eventually taking over the entire business allegedly in 1915 (after injuries from a fall from a second-story window caused Rufus's retirement [Rainville]). His obituary: 

“Ralph Waldo Holsinger, 69, of Charlottesville, died Wednesday, March 6, 1996, at the Heritage Hall Nursing Home, following a long illness. He was the son of Rufus W. and Sadie Anderson Holsinger. He attended Augusta Military Academy and the University of Virginia where he was a member of the Delta Tau Delta Fraternity. He and his father were both professional photographers in Charlottesville, extending some 96 consecutive years and were recognized for outstanding achievements in the field. He was listed in Who's Who in Portrait Photography in America, Chairman of the State Board of Photographer Examiners, and President of the Virginia Professional Photographers Association; where his photos captured the rich, famous, and forgotten. He was also a member of the Brotherhood of Elks. He is survived by his wife, Helen Holsinger; a son, Ralph W. Holsinger of Roanoke, two grandsons, Aric R. Holsinger of Baltimore, Md., and Gregory G. Holsinger of Virginia Beach. In addition to his parents, he was preceeded in death by three sisters, Ethel and Marian Holsinger and Mary Lois Hemler. A graveside service will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 9, 1996, at the Monticello Memory Gardens, with the Reverend Harold Hallock officiating. The family will receive friends 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Teague Funeral Home, Charlottesville, Va. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the your favorite charity or the Charlottesville/Albemarle Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 160, Charlottesville, VA. - Roanoke Times, March 8, 1996”



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Rainville, Lynn. Hidden History: African-American Cemeteries in Central Virginia (2014).



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