Two of Holling's nieces came to Leslie not long ago. The niece from California, Patricia, was there to visit her 99-yr.-old aunt. The Michigan niece, Linda, brought along some things for the museum as she was downsizing her home, Joan reports. Among the items was the plaque presented to Linda in 2000 as the Leslie High School honored her uncle posthumously at a class reunion. “Linda accepted it on behalf of the family. The Leslie mascot for their athletic teams is the Blackhawk, which is what the figure represents,” Joan explains.
The California niece goes by the last name of Clancy now, according to Joan. “Her given name was Patricia (Pat). Holling actually suggested naming her Patricia, an Irish name to go with her maiden name Clancy. The family seemed to have a habit of changing names.”