What began decades ago as a dream for a young Holden couple and their toddler has proved it can weather the hard times, adapt to the many changes the passing years bring, and still persevere as a beloved Holden icon.
Strate’s Drive Inn, opened by a Holden native and his Arkansas sweetheart wife, Dale and Linda Strate, has stood the test of time, and now, five decades later, is still a staple of the Holden community.
It is woven into the fabric of Holden’s culture and tapestry, and holds special memories for all Holden residents.
As many know, Dale was born and raised in this community, living on the family farm near Medford growing up.
He is a HHS Class of ’63 graduate.
Linda is originally from Norfolk, Arkansas, and would come to Holden to visit her sister and family, who all lived in Holden.
She recalls the summer before her senior year, May of 1965, when her visit to Holden happened to include meeting a local country boy who was smitten with her.
The feeling was mutual and after returning to…
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