Thornhill Park

I wish I had more to share on Thornhill Park. I only found out about it by accident when looking into Judge EM Gibson’s home,  who lived on a ranch in the area where Thornhill School is now and over to Aspinwall Drive. He lived there in the late 1880s.

The boundaries of Thornhill Park from REDFIN.com

Thornhill Park went on sale in May of 1917. The Reality Syndicate handled the sales at first.

Thornhill Park was an area of small farms of 1/4 acre to 1 acre where you could grow your own food or say raise chickens, as noted in the ad below.

 

Oakland Tribune May 1917

 

Oakland Tribune 1922

 

Oakland Tribune
April 1922

By 1922 they were having a “Liquidation Sale” and trying to “close out” the rest of the tract by selling 1/2 acre lots for 66 cents on the $1.00.

It seems Thornhill Park wasn’t a big seller. I noticed it wasn’t advertised as much as any of the other tracts in Montclair like Forest ParkMerriewood, or Fernwood were. 

 

Oakland Tribune 1922
The home of F.M. Boggs was the home Judge EM Gibson (more about him later) and later the home Dr. Mark Emerson Alameda County Coroner, and now St. Johns Church is in that location. Approximate location 1707 Gouldin Road

Later on, Phil Hearty, a developer and agent who had an office at 5815 Thornhill for years, took over the sale of the remaining Thornhill Park lot. Now Thornhill Park is part of Forest Park and Montclair Highlands.

Some of the homes in Thornhill Park –

 

Oakland Tribune April 1922
650 Thorn Road is now 6116 Thornhill Drive

A September 1919 advertisement for 6-Room Bungalow on One Acre in Beautiful Thornhill Park located at 650 Thorn Road (now Thornhill Drive). It is my best guess that this is not 6110 or 6116 Thornhill Drive. 650 Thorn Road is one address that I can’t link to a new address number. But I am reasonably sure that it is one of those two.

 

Oakland Tribune September 1919

6138 Thornhill Drive is another on the original homes in Thornhill Park. Back in the 1920s, the address was 670 Thorn Road. The Bullard family lived there until the 1990s.

6022 Thornhill Drive also, Col. George and Edith Mullin moved there in about 1917 when the address was 570 Thorn Road. The Mullin’s played a significant role in the Montclair Women’s Club and Montclair Presbyterian Church.

 

Oakland Tribune March 1943

 

6067 Aspinwall Road –
Recently sold for $910,000 in 2017 – Zillow

For now, this is all I have.

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  1. This is such wonderful reserach, Dorothy! Do you know who owned the dairy farm where Montclair Park is now> The Medau family? (Pronounced “meadow”?) Was the pond always there? Deeper? Fed by a tributary of Temescal Creek?

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