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JAMES HARVEY HOLDEMAN, Sr.
Geologist, Explorer , Oil Man and Map Maker

JAMES HARVEY
HOLDEMAN, Sr.

Geologist, Explorer, Oil
Man and Map Maker
JAMES HARVEY
HOLDEMAN, Sr.

at age 16
JAMES HARVEY
HOLDEMAN, Sr.

in 1913
JAMES HARVEY
HOLDEMAN, Sr.

U.S. Army on Mexican
Border duty in 1916-1917
JAMES HARVEY "JIM"
HOLDEMAN, Jr.
, Driller (l.)
& Charlie J. Reece (r.) , Roughneck
Holdeman Petroleum Company
Rig at Sayens, Texas 1949
JAMES HARVEY "JIM"
HOLDEMAN, Jr.
, Driller (standing l.)
Jeannie Holdeman (seated) &
Charlie J. Reece
, (standing r.)
Holdeman Petroleum Company
Rig at Sayens, Texas 1949


James Harvey Holdeman, Sr. was born in Ohio about 1884 and died September 26, 1963, at age 79, in San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas.

J. H. (as he was commonly known) Holdeman was a Geologist, primarily involved in the location and production of oil and gas from shallow producing pools. He also had a flair for the promotion of investment in these wells. Focusing on north, central and south-central Texas, he operated throughout Texas and parts of the midwest and southwest United States.

He was a prolific map maker and scientific writer on oil exploration. His papers are archived at the University of Texas. You may see the index of his works at TEXAS ARCHIVAL RESOURCES ONLINE whose website is: http://www.lib.utexas.edu/taro/tslac/40034/tsl-40034.html#adminlink. He is also the grandfather of your PMNS Curator. who was one of the founders of the PMNS. He is also the father of

J.H. is the father of one of the Proctor Museum of Natural Science founders, James Harvey "Jim" Holdeman, Jr. and the grandfather of another of the Proctor Museum of Natural Science founders, Terrell William "Terry" Proctor, J.D. (Terry is the PMNS Curator)

Mr. Holdeman was involved in the formation and management of several petroleum related companies. In 1917 he served as a trustee for the Moran-Putnam Oil and Gas Company, based in Moran, Texas. In 1920 he became a trustee of the American Petroleum Producing Company, headquartered in Waco, Texas. In the late 1920s he was president of the Geological Petroleum Corporation of Fort Worth. One of his major associations was with the Atlantic Pacific Corporation of Austin, Texas. Chartered in 1933, Holdeman served on the board of directors for several years. In 1949 he formed his own company, Holdeman Petroleum Corporation, of San Antonio, Texas. He was on its board of directors until the early fifties when it became inactive.

Holdeman Oil and Minerals, also of San Antonio, was probably his last venture. It was active through the mid-fifties. In addition to his duties as a corporate officer, Holdeman also promoted the stocks and securities of Atlantic Pacific Corporation and Holdeman Petroleum Corporation. James Harvey Holdeman died in San Antonio, Texas, on September 26, 1963.