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JOHN G. JENNINGS

John G. Jennings was born in 1825 and died on December 16, 1896 at his residence at 194 Jennings Avenue.  He was buried at Riverside Cemetery.  He created the University Heights allotment in 1851.  Mr. Jennings taught Sunday school in 1859-1860.  The people of the area wanted their own church rather than traveling east of downtown and meetings were held at the home of John Jennings on Scranton Avenue.  On November 13, 1859, University Heights Congregational Church was founded.  When a new church building was added in 1869, this church was named Jennings Avenue Congregational Church after the street which was named after Mr. Jennings.  Mr. and Mrs. Jennings were generous to the church and he was a deacon of the church for more than 25 years.

20 comments July 15th, 2008

Thomas Holmden

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.

29 comments May 26th, 2008