James reluctantly attended Redding Elementary and Shasta High Schools and then was sent to Lick Prep School in San Francisco, where he was a football star. In 1911, he was called home to take over as partner in Holt & Gregg, after the death of his father.
Norma Cravens was the youngest of eleven children born to John Daniel and Martha Kivett Cravens of Anderson. Norma went to local schools and then after two years at Stockton Normal School and a Shasta County examination, began teaching in country schools.
In 1916, Jim and Norma were married, and she quit teaching; she resumed for one year while they were living in Kennett and taught five years more after they moved to Redding. She had taught a total of ten years when she retired because of the birth of her son James Cavens Holt, born 1927.
The lime kilns near Kennett were closed and Holt and Gregg went out
of business in 1920. Jim and Milton Heryford established Hereford
and Holt Cadillac, Chevrolet, and White Auto and Truck Agency on California
Street in Redding in 1921 and sold it to Thatcher and Lowden in 1926. Jim went to work at Vern Ferguson's Mobil Station, then as sales representative
In 1928, Jim became the commission agent at the new Texaco bulk plant in Redding.
Source: Shasta Historical Society