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Horace A.W. Tabor was born on November 26, 1830 in the town of Holland, in the County of Orleans, Vermont, in a house which still stands. Direct descendants of Horace's brother, Lemuel, still live on the family farm, located less than two miles from the Canadian border.

First settled around 1800, Holland is, even today, mostly an administrative designation. There is no TOWN to speak of, with a main street or a town square; merely a cluster of houses where Holland's only paved highway crosses Stearns Brook. The "town" is otherwise totally rural.

(The nearest community of any size is Derby Line, about six miles distant, which is distinguished by its sharing of the Haskell Free Public Library and Opera House with the adjoining municipality of Rock Island, Quebec. The International Border is painted on the floor of and divides the first floor reading room; upstairs, the auditorium's stage is in Canada, while the seats are in the U.S.)

Horace Tabor's Birthplace

Within Holland's boundaries the landscape is primarily rolling farm and forest, (not dissimilar in spirit from the landscape of Tabor Valley, Kansas, to which Horace emigrated in his mid-twenties). The few physical features that mark Holland's skyline seem pale indeed to the Colorado giants that Tabor came to know so well. Mt. John, rises to a lofty 2337 feet, while Page Hill reaches 1820 feet.

Tabor's parents--Cornelius and Sarah--were poor; raising wheat, barley, potatoes, oats and peas, according to Horace. When he was sixteen, his mother died from measles, which had apparently struck the entire family, save his "pa."

Horace left Holland when he was 19 in 1849, and went to Quincy, Massachusetts, where he and his older brother John learned to be stonecutters.