Bet You Didn’t Know There’s A Memorial on State Street In Ellsworth
What plaque? There's a memorial there?
Every day, thousands upon thousands of vehicles pass by the stone memorial on State Street in Ellsworth as it quietly but proudly stands in front of Hammond Lumber and across the street from the Downeast Family YMCA, where a different bustling business once stood.
The stone with a discolored bronze plaque on it stands in memory of Ellsworth businessman Earle D. Holt, the founder of E.D. Holt Oil Company, which was the area's big Sunuco oil and gas dealer at one time. The once-thriving business was located pretty much where the memorial stands, straddling both the Hammond Lumber and Friend and Friend properties.
The plaque says of Mr. Holt, "He was a gentleman and a friend, admired, respected, remembered by all who met him."
Mr. Holt passed away back in 1952, and then his son, Charles "Jazz" Holt, put the stone there for the community to remember his father. Charles would run the family business for 35 years.
E.D. Holt Oil Company sold and delivered home heating oil and Sunoco gas from its pumps right there on State Street. They also sold tires. As a matter of fact, if you happen to walk the Ellsworth Trail out behind Hammond Lumber and look real close, you will see an eroding concrete foundation of some sort that had to do with offloading oil from the freight trains that once ran through the City on a regular basis.
D.W. Small, another once well-known oil dealer, would buy the business from the Holts in the late '70s.