2010 Reunion


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Hollinger - Holligen

Hollinger Name Meaning

South German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): habitational name for someone from places called Holling or Hollingen. English, northern Irish, and Scottish: topographic name from Middle English holin ‘holly’ + the suffix -er denoting an inhabitant.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Near Bern, Switzerland

63 miles from Hallwil, Boniswil and Seengen, Switzerland, where our  known Swiss ancestors lived.



Solar and Wind Power on Steve Kuo's Home

Steve Kuo

Happy to help and answer any EV or PV questions I can.  I have a friend coming over to do some drone shots of the house and possible video too.

On to solar. We have installed solar on my home in Washington State.  We have a 10.4 kW array that consists of 32 panels.  They are I think they are all 285W panels, but some could be 280W.  We had two separate installs, a month apart - Dec and Jan, due to local PUD incentives at the time.  They are installed south facing and flat on our 4:12 pitch roof that has no solar obstructions.  Pretty much optimal placement and coverage for our latitude. Those 32 panels produce, roughly, 10.2-10.6MW per year for us.  

When we did our electric use analysis, based on our previous 3 years electric bills, we came up with us using about 10.8 MW per year.  We opted to target 10MW/year production for a couple of reasons. 

1.     We thought that we'd be able to trim our electrical usage down a little (maybe by eliminating our electric water heater and converting to gas)

2.     At the time the state incentives capped out at 10MW.  We could have added more panels, but we don't use more and the ROI for any beyond 10MW is 15-25 years, not single digits.  

We are not off the grid, have no direct use and no batteries for a number of reasons. 

1.     Direct feed to the house means that you have to install some separate hardware between your house, panels, and grid with some smart switching inside that hardware, thus an increased cost for the installs. 

2.     Any conversion of energy into any other form like a battery incurs the wrath and penalty of the Second Law of Thermodynamics which is about 15-20%. 

3.     In order for us to have received the full benefit of the local solar incentives at the time, which were quite substantial, we needed to give energy to the grid, not just cut our home usage.  Electricity costs us $0.11/kW and the PUD if we bought state manufactured panels and inverters would pay us $0.54/kW.  So if we used the energy from our panels and only pushed to the grid what we didn't use we'd only be making $0.11/kW (for the energy we used) instead of producing to the grid at $0.54 and then turning right around and sucking from the grid at $0.11.  Our state incentive programs pay us $5,000/year on top of our electric bill dropping from $125/month to $15 for line maintenance fees.  If that makes sense at all.  

Batteries.  I'm so conflicted on batteries it hurts.  We don't have them, but I want them.  I can't, however, justify them enough to convince my frugality to do them.  We considered batteries for 2.5 reasons:

1.     Off the grid:  We considered getting off the grid, but for the reasons mentioned above, we didn't want to do that at the time.  Now that state incentives are coming to an end, I'm re-considering it, but am torn and asking myself am I doing it just to be tech geeky or when the big one/zombie apocalypse/WWIII comes do I have enough guns and ammo in the house to defend my beacon lights and hot water of comfort from the masses.  Would I want to...I'd be the person that opens up the house to everyone and then some conservative with a big truck and more guns then me would just take it.  

2.     Power Backup: For the vast majority of electricity outages we have are winter storm-related in Seattle.  Winter is our area's worst time of the year for even seeing the sun.  The whole northern latitude winter sunlight hours are at their worst.  There's also the fact that our power went out because of a severe winter storm, so ya storm + winter = clouds + clouds + clouds + rain + clouds + wind + clouds + clowns.  Also, with one exception, we've never lost power in this house for more than 5 minutes ever, going back to the whole time Doug and Cheryl owned it.  Aside from a natural disaster (earthquake and volcano) happening in the summer months, power backup won't help us.  We don't have variable power pricing either, so our time of use doesn't affect our billing.  
When looking at power backup we looked at a comparison between Solar + Batteries, gas/propane generator and using our one (now two) electric vehicles as battery sources to run our hose.  A good quiet generator to run our refrigerator and freezer would cost us roughly $1,000-2,500 depending on noise and quality, batteries $15,000-30,000 and a Auto->Home inverter $500-1,500.  Battery on wheels…I already own two, easy choice.

3.     The other half...the benefit if we did get batteries, we would be off the grid, it provides that switch so we can use the power we generate and we could use.  Adding batteries gives that smart switch that I talked about earlier...but at a cost of 15-20% from entropy.

Overall our cost in 2013 was $40,000 for our system, with a 33% federal tax rebate, state incentives (one time and production) we paid off our system in 3.5 years.  A friend got the same array installed with the same company's panels and inverters (but the newer ones, 24 total panels) for $28,000 in 2015.  

Our panels are awesome and everyone should have them.  They power our now TWO cars and our complete house, except for heating.  

What else do you want to know?  I have friends in the industry and can get you help.  You can get solar path analysis for free in most cases with an assessment.  Want me to check on local installers?



Very interesting, Steve. It is amazing how fare small system solar and wind clean energy have come.

My mother's twin brother, Luverne Liffengren, lived south of Draper, South Dakota on a ranch that was off the grid, not by choice. This was in the 1930's up to about 1960.  They had an old wind charger that no longer worked and Luverne generated his power with a very loud old car engine.  He stored power in car batteries that filled the top floor of his old garage.  The power system was 32 volts, I think, though I am not sure - he got rid of the system when I was about 12 in 1960+-, when they extended commercial power to the ranch.

I think the power was used for lights, to pump water, fans, drills, and not sure what else. The appliances all had to be low voltage.

They used an outhouse, and propane for heating. 

Wish I had some pictures. 

I would like to put your story on a couple of blogs, if that is ok.  And if it is ok I would like a few photos.


Craig Hullinger


Cousin Dr. Harvey Coe Hullinger

One of our distinguished and interesting cousins. He is descended from our GGGGG Grandfather Revoutionary War Veteran Daniel Hullinger who was born in Lancashire County, Pennsylvania in 1757. More of the story can be read at http://haroldandjenniehullinger.blogspot.com/2009/11/history-of-dr-harvey-coe-hullinger.html

Portrait of Harvey Coe Hullinger

History of Dr. Harvey Coe Hullinger
1824 - 1926

(History found HERE: "A short history of Dr. Hullinger and his family. This is copied from a typed two page written history of him which is in the possession of some of his descendants.")
* Note that some dates in the following history are different than those found in other family histories and records.

"Dr. Hullinger was born December 2, 1824 in Mad River Township, Champaign County, Ohio, the third child of John and Olive Coe Hullinger. His father was a native of Ohio, and his mother was a native of Connecticut. The parents of Dr. Hullinger were married in 1820, in Columbus Ohio, and soon after their marriage moved to Champaign County, most of that country being densely a timbered domain."

"To this union was born four sons and five daughters, all of whom have passed away, Dr. Hullinger being the last. The sons all lived more than eighty-six years; three of the daughters died young, but one lived to the age of seventy-six years."

"Dr. Hullinger's grandfather, Daniel Hullinger, was born in Lancashire County, Pennsylvania in 1757, and fought in the Revolutionary War." "In 1833 the family of Dr. Hullinger migrated to Illinois, where the father engaged in farming until his death in 1836. The mother died in 1840. After this, Dr. Hullingertook up the study of medicine, and received his diploma as a physician in 1852 from a college in Columbus, Ohio. He at once began the practice of medicine and continued it until his death (1925), a period of time spanning three-fourths of a century."

"In 1852 he returned to Illinois and in the following year moved to Clinton County, Iowa, where he remained until the spring of 1859."

"In May of that year, he and his family went to Omaha, Nebraska and joined a party of emigrants who were about to leave for Utah in a train consisting of fifty-nine wagons. This wagon train started the same month and arrived in Salt Lake, then a struggling town. On September 7, the same year, during the journey across the plains, hundreds of Indian bands, large and small, were encountered but no trouble of any importance occurred. Before the train started from Omaha, orders were issued that every wagon was to carry an extra allotment of one hundred pounds of flour and a supply of sugar, bacon and beans for the red men of the plains. During the journey these supplies were doled out in restricted rations whenever the Indians were accosted, and as a result, practically no molestations by Indians hampered the orderly progress of the caravan."

"Dr. Hullinger, in 1842, before he was eighteen years old, embraced the Mormon faith and has remained a member of that church uninterruptedly for eighty-three years. Charles C. Rich, grandfather of Dr. Homer E. Rich of Vernal, Utah, baptized the new convert into the Mormon church at Ottowa, Illinois. The ceremony took place September 14, 1842 and Dr. Hullinger is without a doubt the oldest member of his church in point of years of membership (at the time of this writing), and there are but few members who exceed his years in life."

"Dr. Hullinger saw and conversed with Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormon Church, having met him while residing in Nauvoo, Illinois. In 1845, he was well acquainted with President Brigham Young, having first met him in 1842. Dr. Hullinger was living near Carthage at the time of the death of Joseph and HyrumSmith. He located to Mill Creek in Salt Lake Valley when he came to Utah."

"In 1862 he served as a good soldier and many thrilling experiences have been related of the Civil War he had enlisted in. He was commissioned a Lieutenant. After the war, he returned to his home at Mill Creek and resumed his practice of medicine."

"He later went to St. George, Utah, where he lived for a short time. Then he went back to the Salt Lake Valley and filed a track of land located two and one-half miles northwest of Big Cottonwood Canyon."

"In October 1883, he came to Uintah County, Utah. He first settled in Jensen and did much to relieve the suffering of the sick as a physician, going any distance in any kind of weather to aid the sick with his services. He rode as far as sixty-five miles to attend patients."

"Being acquainted with the language of the Indians, Dr. Hullinger did much to make peace between the redskin and the whites. At times he intervened when nothing but bloodshed would have resulted had it not been for him. He became a friend of the Indians and was known as their medicine man."

"In 1891 the pioneer physician moved to Vernal, Utah, where he has made his home until his death. He served as county physician and for many years was the only doctor in the basin. He also was County Commissioner for two terms. During the influenza epidemic in 1917-1918, he worked in conjunction with the other physicians of the county to relieve the afflicted."

Excerpted from


Hullinger Harlan Information

We have a substantial amount of our family history on this site
and the links below. We hope you enjoy the information. If
you have information or photos you would like to add please
email them to me.

I also have a box of old genealogical info and photos.
I would like to give this to a younger cousin to keep and
preserve. Please let me know if you would like to take
over the file. craighullinger@gmail.com







Hollinger / Hullinger Projects - DNA



Memorial Day

Remembering all the individuals who died protecting our country, including our Great Great Uncle James Chapin who died in the Civil War.

I took the photo in 2013
Corporal James C. Chapin enlisted in G Company, 15th Iowa Volunteer Infantry Regiment for the Civil War on October 26, 1861. They fought at Shiloh, Vicksburg, and Atlanta as part of the Army of the Tennessee.

He was veteranized (reenlisted) in December 6, 1863, and promoted to Corporal. He was wounded at Kensaw Mountain, Georgia, on June 27, 1864. He died of his wounds on July 24, 1864 in Rome, Georgia. He is buried in the Marietta National Cemetery.

Corporal James C. Chapin, Milo, Belmont Township, Warren County, Iowa, was the Great Uncle of Pearl Harlan Hullinger. More at: