St. Wendelin Church history JOHN G. JENNINGS

Thomas Holmden

May 26th, 2008

Thomas was born in 1817 in England and died February 3, 1886 at his residence , 829 Scranton Ave.  He was buried in Monroe Cemetery.  Holmden Avenue was named after him and was also called “Dutch Hill”, where children would sledride.  In 1860, he lived in Allegheny, Venango County, Pennsylvania.  He was Venango County Commissioner from 1863-1865.  He sold his land in Allegheny for $25,000 to an oil drilling company when oil was found on his property.  This land became known as Pithole City and there was a huge oil boom there.  By 1865, Pithold had a population of 15,000.  In 1866, the wells began to dry and by the end of 1867, Pithole was dead.  Thomas Holmden arrived in Brooklyn Township in 1866.

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  • 1. Lawanna  |  April 1st, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    looking for ancstors of Anne Isebella (Holmden) Blood, born abt. 1877 in Ohio.

  • 2. Gilbert Newlands  |  September 19th, 2014 at 6:43 am

    Only the part of Holmden Avenue east of West 14th Street was called Dutch Hill. It was so called because of the prepondurance of German immigrants who lived on the steep hillside descending down into the Valley, where the Steelyard Commons are now. This was pasture land before the steel companies moved in, and almost semi-rural in nature.

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