Hollis was first called Christie, for W. J. Christie, the original owner of the town site.
A tornado hit Hollis on May 14, 1909 at five o'clock in the evening causing serious damage and killing several people. The town was "swept away" by the tornado Only three buildings in the town were reported to have escaped damage, and total damage estimates were over $50,000 in 1909 dollars.
- Hollibaugh, E. F. (1903). Biographical History of Cloud County, Kansas: Biographies of Representative Citizens. Illustrated with Portraits of Prominent People, Cuts of Homes, Stock, Etc. Wilson, Humphrey & Company. p. 888.
- Blackmar, Frank Wilson (1912). Kansas: A Cyclopedia of State History, Embracing Events, Institutions, Industries, Counties, Cities, Towns, Prominent Persons, Etc. Standard Publishing Company. p. 864.
- The Kansas City Star "Damage by Kansas Storm" May 15, 1909 (reported on GenDisasters.com website)
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