John Kingsley Holland
Narragansett Times, Wakefield, RI, 4 February 1982, page 10-B.
"Johnny King" Holland dies
John K. "Johnny King" Holland, 73, of 33 High Street, Wakefield, died Saturday, Jan 30 at the Scallop Shell Nursing Home, Peace Dale. he was the husband of M. Viola (Prentice) Holland.
Born in Wakefield on March 22, 1908, he was a son of the late Daniel S. and Lola N. (Jocoy) Holland.
As a young man, Mr. Holland played the saxophone in local orchestras and then formed his own orchestra called the H & S Troubadours. he played with the Benny Resh Orchestra at the Port Arthur, Providence, and was a master of ceremonies there.
Mr. Holland also toured the east with the Resh Orchestra and arrived in Detroit in 1934 where he became master of ceremonies and assistant manager of the Bowery Nightclub, Michigan.
He joined the WJAR radio station and later WJAR-TV where he was master of ceremonies of the Breakfast at the Sheraton Show.
Mr. Holland formed the WWJ-TV station in Detroit, was master of ceremonies for the Cinderella Weekend Show and did the first NBC network show originating from Detroit.
He also worked for Henry Ford in the 1940s in the soybean division of the Ford Motor Company and he entertained in USO Shows in the Midwest during World War II.
He retired in 1977 after operating the Whistle Stop Restaurant in Wakefield for 17 years with his wife.
Locally, he was active in politics and he ran for senator in South Kingstown in the early 1960s. He played in and managed one of Ralph Stuart's bands in Rhode Island and he served as master of ceremonies for the local fire department's musters and contests.
Mr. Holland also served for many years as master of ceremonies at the Blessing of the Fleet at Galilee and at special anniversaries of the Narragansett Grange.
A communicant of the Church of the Ascension, Wakefield, he was a member of the Missionary Guild of the Church and an associate member of the South Kingstown Lodge FOP.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, John K. Holland Jr. of Narragansett; a daughter Mrs. Jeannette P. Duckwitz of Mount Clemens, Mich. and six grandchildren.
Private funeral services were held Tuesday, Feb 2 at the Forbes Funeral Home, Wakefield. Burial was in the Elm Grove Cemetery, Allenton.