Memories of Holt Lake, Part 3
Brannan Court, portrayed in this "colorized" postcard from the 1950s, was a motel and restaurant beside Highway 301 on the south side of the lake across from the bath house. Nathan Lassiter managed Brannan Court as well as the bath house and dance hall in the mid-1950s.
Lorine Lassiter Davis remembers growing up
at Holt Lake in 1956-65 --- and "The Goat Man"
Gary Ridout has been compiling personal memories for a number of years for a newsletter he produces for present-day Holt Lake residents. We're sharing selected samples each month with readers of the Sun. Here are excerpts from Gary's interview with Lorine Lassiter Davis, conducted in December 2017:
The family moved to Holt Lake in June 1955. I was born in May 1956. My dad, Nathan Lassiter, had his brother, Walt, a general contractor, build his house. The house looked much like a 1960s mobile home.
My mother and father raised
German Shepherds. There is a concrete slab in the
backyard of the house where the dog pen was
located. There was a blind man, Roderick, who ran
a newsstand on Market Street in Smithfield. His
German Shepherd seeing-eye dog was one that my
parents raised at Holt Lake. As a child, I
remember going to Roderick’s newsstand where he
took time to explain to me how to tell quarters,
nickels, pennies, and dimes apart just by the way
My dad went to the Louis Hotel
School in Baltimore to study hotel management.
After World War II, he first ran a restaurant,
Lassiter’s Fine Foods, on Highway 301 in
Smithfield where the AIM Dance studio is now
located. He ran the restaurant from around 1947 to