William R. and Hope Holway dedicated themselves to building Tulsa from beneath the ground up.  As the designer of the Spavinaw Water System, Mr. Holway and his company, W.R. Holway & Associates, provided Tulsa with a supply of potable water.  The completion of that water system in 1924 has proven to be the underpinnings of the city’s growth.  Mrs. Holway, an active partner in the engineering business, was an active historian and published author, with books on women in Indian Territory and the history of the Grand River Dam Authority.  Many of Tulsa’s cultural institutions benefited from the Holways’ efforts; Mrs. Holway served as the first president of Tulsa Little Theater and spent thousands of volunteer hours with the collection at Gilcrease Museum.  Together the Holways were instrumental in founding All Souls Unitarian Church.

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