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History of Hollidaysburg Y
HEN Adam Holliday drove the stake in the ground at the "Diamond"
he said to his brother William, 'cWhoever is alive a hundred years after
this will see a considerable sized town here, and this will be about the
middle of it." fThe prophecy of Adam Holliday came true.J In less than one
hundred years the borough of Hollidaysburg occupied the site he chose for a farm
and there was a population of approximately 4-,000 people.
Adam and William Holliday were Irish settlers who were on their way to the far
West. When they saw the good location of Hollidaysburg, they were so impressed that
they remained, built their cabins, and so founded the town known as Hollidaysburg.
The town grew slowly at first, but when Hollidaysburg became a borough, and
later the county seat, the population increased from 1,200, until today it can boast
of a population of nearly 6,000 people. In 1853 the Pennsylvania Canal was replaced
by the Pennsylvania Railroad. It was the construction of this canal that led to the
development of Hollidaysburg from a mere hamlet to a town of much importance.
The building of the Pennsylvania Railroad and the abandonment of the Pennsylvania
Canal were the death of Hollidaysburg and it continued to decline although it
remained the county seat. Some years later it again became a railroad center by
being the junction of the Martinsburg and Williamsburg branches and the starting
point for trains over the New Portage Railroad.
The hrst post-office was erected as early as 1779. Hollidaysburg became a
borough in 1836 amid much rejoicing, and in 1846 it became the county seat of
Blair County. X
The last half bf the nineteenth century brought the beginning of modernization
to the town. Among the improvements were the erection of the courthouse, the
completion of the jail, the county home, the electric car line to Altoona, the introduc-
tion of the electric light system, telephone service, and street improvments.
The early settlers of Hollidaysburg, true to their training, were strong on
religion and education. Hollidaysburg was settled largely by the Scotch and Irish,
and the first institutions to be established by them at Hollidaysburg were churches
and schools. The old buildings have all been replaced and there are now eleven
church buildings: Lutheran, Baptist, Presbyterian, Methodist, St. Mary's Catholic,
St. Michael,s Catholic, the Zion A. M. E. Church, the Church of God, the Church of
the Brethren, the Holy Trinity Episcopal, and St. John's Reformed. Each of the
eleven congregations supports a resident pastor and parochial schools are conducted
in connection with the two Catholic Churches. All of the churches have flourishing
Sunday schools and many organized Bible classes and church auxiliaries.
The settlers, as stated above, were equally as strong on education. The building
known as Highland Hall, a school for girls, then known as the Hollidaysburg Female
Seminary, was erected in 1869. The public schools of the borough were never allowed
to lag. The people never wearied of providing the means to support the best schools
possible. The Central Building was remodeled with a large auditorium and additional
rooms. Since Hollidaysburg has progressed so much in the last few years it is seen
that a new, larger, and more modern school building must be erected in the near
The town has always responded patriotically whenever our country has needed
help. During the Civil War, Companies A and H came from Hollidaysburg and
Colonel William G. Murray, Hollidaysburg's post-master, fell at Winchester. During
the World War 706 men were inducted into service from Hollidaysburg.
Although Hollidaysburg is mostly residential, its citizens always enjoy the
privileges afforded by a wide range of business establishments, including banks and
stores, hotels and restaurants, and the trade shops. Many changes have occurred
during the century since the town became a borough and even since the town became
the county seat Q0 years ago. Yet some of the established places of business in the
early days are still showing the substantial quality of the town for business.
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Criginal Petition For Incorporation
The following is the copy of the original petition, with the signers thereon,
for the incorporation of the Borough of Hollidaysburg presented to the Court in
Huntingdon, Pa., in the year 1836. The following article was furnished by Mr. A. B.
Litz of the Hollidaysburg Register. The Register came into existence the same year.
Huntingdon County Court House Record Book, Vol. Z, No. 1.
Draft and Petition of Hollidaysburg.
To the Hon. Judges of the Court of Common Pleas for the County of Huntingdon
now composing a court of Quarter Sessions of the peace in and for said county of
April Sessions A. D. 1836. The petition of the subscribers a majority of the free-
holders of Hollidaysburg in the County of Huntingdon Respectfully Represents:-
That the said town of Hollidaysburg contains more than three hundred inhabitants
and that your Petitioners labour under great inconveniences from not having said
town incorporated. They therefore pray your Honours that said town may be erected
into a borough under the Style and name of the "Borough of Hollidaysburgv to be
included by the following metes and boundaries, Viz.: Beginning at the east end of
Weigh Lock thence north fifteen degrees west one hundred and eighty four perches
to a post thence south seventy five degrees west one hundred and four perches to a
post South Sixty one degrees West one hundred and six perches to a ,post on the
bank of the Beaver branch of the Juniata thence South thirty one degrees east one
hundred and twenty perches to the Viaduct thence South forty four degrees east
eighty perches to a cherry tree thence North Seventy five degrees east one hundred
and thirty two perches to a post South of the basin thence north twenty degrees west
twenty four perches to the beginning so as to include the Weigh Lock and they will
ever pray, Src.
Silas Moore, John Walker, J. A. Davidson, Jas. Crawford, C. Garber, Alex Lowry,
Jno. Dougherty, Wm. H. Davidson, John Irwin, John Mitchell, John Davis, M. C.
Garber, John Lytle, Jno. W. Canon, Jas. A. McCahan, R. Williams, Wm. L. Fenton,
Robt. Lowry, Sam'l Frampton, W. M. Shomo, S. F. Henry, J. M. McCord, John S.
Weistling, H. V. Bramwell, 1. Snyder, S. Smith, Israel Bar, A. M. McCormick,
Wm. M. McFarland, Jas. Clossin, Thos. 1. Kennedy, Pussel Cadle, Thos. B. Maurz,
Jno. B. Royer, Simon Brotherline, Jos. Adams, Jas. McCaan, Edward W. Burns,
Jas. Moorhead, E. Galbraith, Francis Smith, Wm. Delvin, John Murphy.
The Grand Inquest enquiring for the County of Huntingdon at April Term 1836
after full investigation of the case are unanimously of opinion that the conditions
prescribed by the Act of Assembly in such cases have been complied with and that
it is expedient to grant the prayer of the petitioners to incorporate the Borough of
Certified by Jno. Cresswell, Foreman.
And now to wit the 10 day of Aug. 1836 the court on due consideration confirm
the return and Judges of the Grand Jury and the court order and direct that the
first election of the citizens duly qualified to vote for borough officers be held at
the Brick School house in the borough of Hollidaysburg on the first Tuesday in
September next annually thereafter for oliicers of the corporation By the Court
T. B. .
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