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Claysburg Area Hall of Fame

2016 Claysburg Hall of Fame Induction

Will Be Held on Saturday, April 2, 2016 

Tom Ringler of Claysburg

Given Distinctive and Unprecedented Awards 

by Claysburg Community

Saturday October 3, 2015

Claysburg, PA Area Hall of Fame Committee Officers
Maria Leppert, Chairperson
Tom Ringler, Vice Chairperson
Brenda Marriner, Secretary

Members of Committee and Terms of Office

Term Expires July 1, 2018:

Roger Knisely

Brenda Marriner 

Elaine Smith

Term Expires July 1, 2017:

Maria Leppert

Jonathan Furry

Rhonda Eckley

Term Expires July 1, 2016:

Tom Ringler

Rich Allison

Chris Leslie

Claysburg Area Hall of Fame Information

Claysburg Hall of Fame Nomination Form 

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Claysburg  Hall of Fame Second Annual Induction
Saturday, April 18, 2015 Induction

Induction of the Second Annual Claysburg Area Hall of Fame Members was held on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at Claysburg-Kimmel High School Auditorium at 3:00 PM. The program included the presentation of Hall of Fame Members with a reception immediately following the presentation with light refreshments. Approximately 100 people were in attendance.

Those inducted for 2015 are: Dennis Feathers presented by Troy Crist and nominated by Claysburg Volunteer Fire Company, Jacob Fries nominated and presented by Jean Gordon and accepted by Janet Fries Ellis and Steve Fries and the Fries family descendants, Frank Gazzara nominated by Diana Walter Dively and Michelle McIntyre and accepted by great niece Michelle McIntyre, Dr. Edward D. Schultz presented and nominated by Richard Lingenfelter and Dr. Edward J. and Maxine Schultz nominated and presented by Bessie Walter and accepted by granddaughter Tammy Schultz Claycomb. The Claysburg Area Hall of Fame committee is pleased to announce their second annual list of five inductees into the Claysburg Hall of Fame. Additionally, marker plaques will be placed at the Claysburg Community Park by summer in the Claysburg Hall of Fame area which is a newly designated area at the park which was approved by the Greenfield Township supervisors.

L-R:  Roger Knisely, Master of Ceremonies; Dennis Feathers, Troy Crist, Jean Gordon, Janet Fries Ellis, 
Steve Fries, Diana Walter Dively, Michelle McIntyre, Richard Lingenfelter, Dr. Edward D. Schultz, 
Bessie Walter and Tammy Claycomb

L-R:  Dennis Feathers, Inductee and Troy Crist, Claysburg Fire Company Presenter

L-R:  Jean Gordon, Presenter; Janet Fries Ellis and Steve Fries, accepting for Jacob Fries, Inductee

L-R:  Diana Walter Dively, Presenter and Michelle McIntyre, accepting for Frank Gazzara, Inductee

L-R:  Richard Lingenfelter, Presenter and Dr. Edward D. Schultz, Inductee

L-R:  Bessie Walter, Presenter and Tammy Schultz Claycomb, Accepting for Dr. Edward J. & Maxine Schultz

Roger Knisely, Master of Ceremonies

Claysburg Volunteer Fire Company and Dennis Feathers, Inductee.  L-R:  Bob Clark Sr, Bobby Clark Jr, Troy Crist, CJ Raneri, Matt Winegardner, Denny Feathers, Ed Dibert, Dorcey Suhoney, Brian Trexler, Travis Finnegan and Dale Feathers.


Jacob Fries Descendants:  L-R:  Todd Fries,  Becky (Fries) Harbison, Stephen Fries, Linda (Fries) Louder, Daniel Bardo, Janet (Fries) Ellis, Jeremy Bardo, Barbara (Fries) Bardo, Jon Fries,  Carol (Wagner) Nuttall (her mother was Sara Ellen Fries), Brad Fries, Gloria (Burket) Oesterling (Madara line).

Dr. Edward D. Schultz and Schultz Family Members - 
Descendants & Family Members of Dr. Edward J. & Maxine Schultz, Inductees
L-R:  Adelynn Claycomb, Tammy Claycomb, Dr. Edward D. Schultz, Bonnie Schultz, Hannah Claycomb, Alex Schultz, Zach Claycomb, Max Schultz, Michael Schultz, Aimee Schultz, Amy Schultz, Dr. Brian Schultz and Kim Collins.

Claysburg Area Hall of Fame Committee

Second Annual Hall of Fame Inductees 


The Claysburg Area Hall of Fame committee is pleased to announce their second annual class of inductees into the Claysburg Hall of Fame. The inductees for 2015 are Dennis Feathers, Jacob Fries, Frank Gazzara, Dr. Edward D. Schultz, and Dr. Edward J. and Maxine Schultz. The profiles/biographies of these people are as below.

 This event was sponsored jointly by Claysburg P.A.S.T. and the Claysburg Rotary Club.

Dennis L. Feathers

Dennis L. Feathers was nominated for the Claysburg Area Hall of Fame by Robert L. Clark, Jr. on behalf of the Claysburg Volunteer Fire Company.

Denny was born on August 18, 1955, to Alva Eugene and Violet Grace (Ritchey) Feathers. He was one of five sons. Denny graduated from Claysburg-Kimmel in 1973 and has lived his entire life in Claysburg. He is the owner and operator of the NAPA Auto Parts in Claysburg.

Denny was one of five sons. His brothers and their family members are: Robert E. Feathers and his wife Susan E. Johnson – Feathers. They have one daughter Christine D. Feathers. Donald M. Feathers and his wife Joy A. Ritchey - Feathers. Don has one son Mathew S. Feathers and his wife Stacy D. Saylor – Feathers. Wayne Feathers who died at birth, and Dale L. Feathers and his wife Suzanne M. Glunt – Feathers. Dale has three step daughters.

Even before graduation, Denny was volunteering. He was an active member of the Ambulance Service while it was part of the Claysburg Volunteer Fire Company. He has been a member of the Claysburg Volunteer Fire Company since 1970. In his 45 years of service, Denny has held nearly every position within the fire company and its relief association. His most notable position was serving as Fire Chief for 26 years. He has also received many awards and honors within the fire company such as firefighter of the year and Blair County Allied Fireman’s Association firefighter of the month. During his years as fire chief, Denny mentored a lot of youngsters in all aspects of life. Many of them continue to this day as members of the Claysburg Fire Department.

Recently Denny has experienced some health issues which resulted in his inability to continue as Fire Chief and to respond to emergency calls. However, that has not stopped him from being active in fundraising, training, and other fire company business. His expert knowledge is a vital asset to the members of the fire company. He is always willing and available to give advice and praise. Whenever there is a firemen’s event in Claysburg, you will always see Denny in the background doing whatever needs to be done. Denny’s endless hours of service to the Claysburg community through the years certainly qualify him for this award.

One side note, the Hall of Fame committee was so impressed to see a large group such as the Claysburg Volunteer Fire Company members nominate one person to the Claysburg Hall of Fame. And they are right. How many people have donated 45 years of their life to a community on a 24 hour a day basis ready and willing to get up and move out at the sound of a siren? Denny Feathers is one of those exceptional people.

Jacob Fries Family  L-R Seated: Jacob and Eliza (Lingenfelter) Fries and Standing:  Laura, Martha, Mary and Albert Fries.  Circa 1874.

Jacob Karl Fries

Jacob Karl Fries was nominated for the Claysburg Area Hall of Fame by Jean Roudabush Gordon of Claysburg.

Jacob Fries was born on September 23, 1823, in Alsfeld, (Hesse) Germany. Documents show his arrival in New York with his mother Maria Hedwig Fries in September 1837.  He came to Claysburg in 1840. In that same year, he built Sarah Furnace Mill for Dr. Peter Schoenberger, who owned the Sarah Furnace Iron Furnace.  Jacob was only 16 years of age!  At the time, there were about 10 mills of this type in the area.  We do not know what brought Jacob to Claysburg or where he learned his craft and skills in construction and architecture.

Jacob married Eliza Lingenfelter of Claysburg. His children included Mary Ann, who married William Madara; Albert, who married Emma Mauk; Laura, who married Frank Herr; and Martha who never married. There were also four children, John Martin, Henry E., Jamina and David who died at a very early age.

Jacob was known as an excellent architect and draftsman. Many of the structures in Claysburg at the time were his designs - including mills, churches, and bridges. He built the original Christ Lutheran Church in 1882, and in 1891, he built Lower Claar Church of the Brethren, which is still in use today. 

He bought the property at Black’s Mill from Adam Black II and renamed it Friesville in 1847.  He was an entrepreneur. From his properties, his family sold the land on Bedford Street to Standard Refractories in 1914 to build the brickyard, that later became General Refractories. The Fries family descendants currently own the land where Bullscreek Falls is located! 

Jacob Fries died on February 8, 1896, at the age of 72. His obituary states that he was an active, enterprising citizen. He was a carpenter and bridge builder. Jacob Fries built nearly all the wooden bridges in Blair and Bedford County in the 1800s.  There are long lines of descendants of Jacob Fries spread throughout the United States. To this day, you can still see remnants of his work in the area.  Jacob Fries is considered a pioneer among the settlers of Claysburg in the early to mid-1800s.  This distinction makes him deserving of this award.


Frank P. Gazzara

Frank P. Gazzara was nominated for the Claysburg Area Hall of Fame on two different nomination forms by Michelle McIntyre of Claysburg and Diana G. Walter Dively of Altoona, PA.

Frank was born in Claysburg on December 24, 1920, to Giuseppie (Joseph) and Maria (Mary) Gazzara. Frank’s parents immigrated to the United States from Italy shortly after their marriage in 1912 and settled in Claysburg. 

Frank graduated from Claysburg School District in 1939. He entered the Army Air Corp on September 16, 1942, and served approximately 3 ½ years until January 28, 1946. After returning to Claysburg, Frank worked for P.I. Angle in the tailoring and dry cleaning business. He also began his extensive involvement in many church and Claysburg related activities. 

From 1956 until his retirement in 1980, Frank worked for PennDot and retired as an assistant traffic engineer.  Frank helped to direct Claysburg’s Minstrel shows and was an End Man known as High Pockets. He was a member of the Claysburg Community Chorus and director of his church choir at St. Anne’s Catholic Church, now known as St. Thomas More Chapel. Frank was a life member of the American Legion where he served as commander and chaplain in Claysburg. He also directed the Legion Band and helped with American Legion baseball. He received the 60 year service award. In 1969, Frank was one of the organizers and first president of the Claysburg-Kimmel Alumni Association. He was a VFW Commander in 1951, 1995, and 1996. He was a member of the Claysburg Industrial Development Committee and a board member at the Claysburg Area Public Library, where his family donated the building currently used for the library.   Frank was the financial officer for the 1954 Claysburg 150th Anniversary celebration. He was chairman of the 1976 Bicentennial Committee celebrating the 200th anniversary of the United States. He was co-chairman of the 1979 Claysburg celebration commemorating the 175th anniversary of Claysburg, and he was parade marshal at the 2004 celebration of Claysburg’s 200th anniversary.  Frank died on August 8, 2004, the night after serving as parade marshal. 

While Frank never married, he had a very special friend in his life, Gail Seabolt of Cresson. Frank gave back to his church and community in many ways. He was unofficially known as the mayor of Claysburg. Whenever and wherever help was needed within the reaches of Claysburg, Frank was there coordinating, directing, and working on the projects. He had a heart of gold, a strong commitment to his country, church, and community, and is certainly deserving of this recognition.

Dr. Edward D. Schultz

Dr. Edward D. Schultz was nominated for the Claysburg Area Hall of Fame by Richard Lingenfelter of Claysburg.

Ed was born on July 23, 1937, to Dr. Edward J. and Maxine (Wagner) Schultz.  He attended Claysburg-Kimmel schools through grade 8, and graduated from Altoona Catholic in 1955. He graduated from St. Vincent’s College in Latrobe, PA. From there he attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and graduated in 1963. Ed is married to the former Bonnie Dodson. They are the parents of two children, Tammy Claycomb of Claysburg and Michael D. Schultz of Westminster, MD. He has four grandchildren and one great grandchild.

After graduating from medical school in 1963, Ed and Bonnie moved back to Claysburg and have lived here ever since. Ed began his career in his father’s medical practice.  Later he took over that practice. Ed and his wife, Bonnie and his father “Doc” and Maxine Schultz were quite a medical team.    He was the school doctor at Claysburg-Kimmel for many years and was also an active member of the Nason Hospital staff.

Ed’s medical career in Claysburg spanned over a 30-year period during which time he was available for whatever type medical needs arose. As a general practitioner in a small town, he mastered diagnosing and treating patients with a wide range of illnesses. He was truly one of the last “country” doctors in Claysburg where he even made house calls when they were needed.  In 1994, he retired from the medical profession.

Eddie, as he is known to many of his friends, has always been involved in many church and community activities as a volunteer and/or silent supporter.   Eddie’s hard work and dedication as co-chairman of the 200th anniversary of Claysburg was outstanding.   He helped to direct many volunteers over a three-year period which involved many committee meetings and a lot of fund raising. The final result was a wonderful celebration with $35,000 leftover. This money was given to the Claysburg-Kimmel School District for scholarships.

Ed’s areas of volunteering also included the Claysburg-Kimmel School Board, Claysburg American Legion Band, Claysburg Volunteer Fire Company, Claysburg Minstrel Shows where he was an End Man known as Sun-Down Schultz, Claysburg Area Park, Claysburg Community Chorus, Community Days, and the 175th and 200th Anniversary Celebrations of Claysburg. He is a lifelong member of St. Anne’s Catholic Church, now known as St. Thomas More Chapel.

The community owes a debt of gratitude to Ed for his devotion to Claysburg through the years.  For his service to the community and for his volunteer work, Ed is certainly deserving of this award.

Dr. Edward J. "Doc" & Maxine V. Schultz

Dr. Edward J. “Doc” and Maxine V. Schultz were nominated as a couple for the Claysburg Area Hall of Fame by Bessie Walter of Claysburg.

Doc was born in Johnstown, PA on May 10, 1910, to John J. and Catherine Schultz. Doc’s parents were both immigrants from Poland. Doc died on January 6, 1990 at age 80.  Maxine was born on December 8, 1914, in Altoona to George P. and Lena (Bechtel) Wagner. Maxine died on July 15, 2009, at the age of 94. Both Doc and Maxine resided the majority of their lives in Claysburg.

Doc graduated from Johnstown Catholic High School and the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. In 1935, he graduated from the University of Pittsburgh Medical School. While serving a one-year rotating internship at Altoona Hospital, he met Maxine Wagner.  Maxine graduated from Altoona High School and the Altoona School of Nursing. In 1936, Doc and Maxine were married. They were the parents of two children, Dr. Edward D. Schultz of Claysburg and Dr. J. Dennis Schultz of Florida. They had four grandchildren, four great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

Doc and Maxine moved to Claysburg in 1937 and, without much money, started a medical practice that grew continually over the years. Doc took care of the patients’ medical needs, and Maxine managed the staff and doctors through the years.  In 1941, the medical practice was interrupted when Doc entered the Army Air Corps during World War II.  Maxine was one of a kind and quite a character. While Doc served in the war, she basically kept Claysburg healthy.  Many people have commented on how she advised them or helped them back then. Maxine and Doc worked hard together to become successful. 

Doc was a member of the Nason Hospital Medical Staff, Blair County Medical Society, a member of the Board of Trustees of Nason Hospital, and a member of the Pitt Alumni Boosters.  In 1982, he retired after 45 years of medical service.  All those years, except for his military service, were spent in Claysburg. He was a true old-fashioned doctor, who delivered thousands of babies and cured lots of people.

Maxine was one of those instrumental in establishing the American Red Cross Blood Bank in Claysburg, which was always a big success. She was a member of the Friends of the Library, Claysburg American Legion Auxiliary, the Pitt Alumni Boosters, the Claysburg Economic Board, and the Claysburg Library Board.

Doc and Maxine were big supporters of the Claysburg Area Public Library where they worked to raise money.  They even sold chicken at the Street Fair for years to benefit the Library. Maxine was a very outspoken person, but everyone knew that she had a heart of gold. When Doc developed Alzheimer’s, it broke her heart, but she continued on.  They were both members of St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Claysburg, now known as St. Thomas More Chapel.

Maxine was not the best driver, and she never could back up.  Her reputation for bad driving and giving the infamous hand sign to many people were her trademarks.    He was known as Dodo and she was known as Ging to their grandchildren, and they adored them.

Doc and Maxine were both benevolent people and contributed to the community in so many ways.  They are quite deserving of this honor.


Claysburg Area Hall of Fame Committee Announces First Inductees 

The Claysburg Area Hall of Fame committee is pleased to announce their first list of five inductees into the Claysburg Hall of Fame. The inductees for 2014 are: Frederick and Christina (Walter) Claar, Norman “Sonny” Close, Corporal Harry Harr, Richard “Dick” Lingenfelter and Regis Nale, Sr. Profiles or biographies on these people are listed below. 

Induction of the First Annual Claysburg Area Hall of Fame Members will be on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at Claysburg-Kimmel High School Auditorium at 6:00 PM. The program will include the presentation of Hall of Fame Members with a reception immediately following the presentation with light refreshments . The public is invited and dress is business casual. 

The nominators of these five inductees will be the presenters of the awards for the Hall of Famers. The induction and reception event is jointly sponsored by Claysburg P.A.S.T. and Claysburg Rotary. 

Additionally, marker plaques will be placed at the Claysburg Community Park by summer in the Claysburg Hall of Fame area which will be a newly designated area at the park which was approved by the Greenfield Township supervisors.

The Hall of Fame committee is comprised of nine members from the Claysburg area who were elected last year when the committee was formed.

The Hall of Fame committee is an off-shoot from the Claysburg P.A.S.T. organization who is financially sponsoring the group. The committee established by-laws and guidelines for the nominations of potential candidates. Criteria for a nomination was outlined in the by-laws as shown:

Nominees to the Claysburg Area Hall of Fame shall be selected based upon the following criteria:

a. Nominees are residents or former residents of the Claysburg, PA Area.

b. Selection is based on achievements which shall include a worthy record in more than one and exemplary achievement in at least one of the following:

1. Job-related achievements

2. Professional honors and awards, professional affiliations, publications

3. Civic or community involvement

4. Personal achievements/accomplishments

5. Positive impact on the community of Claysburg, Pa Area

6. Other appropriate qualifications which the committee believes merit consideration

Applications for nominees were due by December 31, 2013. The committee met and reviewed the various nominations. The Committee had before it a larger number of qualified nominees than the agreed upon maximum of five inductees. It was difficult to narrow the list down to five inductees since all the nominations were considered to be first class nominations. As a matter of fact, it took many rounds of voting to narrow the list down to five. This is a terrific sign of our rich heritage, but it is also a circumstance that inevitably results in the committee’s inability to include all submitted nominations.

Frederick and Christina (Walter) Claar

Frederick and Christina (Walter) Claar were nominated to the Claysburg Area Hall of Fame by the Upper Claar Church of the Brethren.  Frederick and Christina Claar were pioneers of the Klahr Valley near Clayburg, PA.  Frederick Claar was born on October 30, 1780 and died on March 2, 1864.  He was the son of Simon and Anna Margaretha (Klee) Claar.  Christina Walter was born on July 23, 1780 and died on April 13, 1853.  She was the daughter of Mathias and Barbara (Imler) Walter.

Frederick Claar and Christina Walter were married on October 26, 1800 in the Pleasant Valley Area of Bedford County.  Shortly after their marriage in 1800 they made their home in the area now known as Klahr near the site of the present Upper Claar Church of the Brethren.  They settled in the area before the town of Claysburg was settled in 1804.  They were true pioneers.   Frederick was a blacksmith by trade. 

They had 13 children:  Jacob married to Matilda Morehead; Simon married to Rachel Croyle, Henry married to Catherine Corle; Daniel married to Mary Dively; Joseph married to Esther Ickes; John married to Mary Hemming; Margaret married to Peter Ickes; Barbara married to George Lingenfelter, Rachel married to Bartholomew Dively; Lizzie married to Jonathan Benton; Sarah married to Jacob Lingenfelter; Nancy married to Michael Walter and Mathias thrice married to Mary Musselman, then Catherine Walter and then Hettie Burket.

The Claars laid the foundation for the Claar Congregations.  They opened their home and barn doors so people would have a place to worship, and they supplied meals to those who had to travel a long distance for their church services.  Later as the congregation grew, they built their first house of worship in 1851 across the road from the present day site of the Upper Claar Church of the Brethren.  A stone monument is located there to mark the site. 

Then the Lower Claar Church of the Brethren was built and shortly after the Upper Claar Church of the Brethren was built.  Frederick and Christina Claar donated the land for the Upper Claar Church and for the cemetery which is over 200 years old.  Also from this marriage of Claar and Walter began the annual Claar and Walter Reunion.  Unfortunately no picture of Christina (Walter) Claar is available. 

 Norman “Sonny” Close

Norman “Sonny” Close was nominated for the Claysburg Area Hall of Fame by his granddaughter, Linette Burket.  He was born July 13, 1923 at Sproul, Pa.  He married Anna Treese of Claysburg.  They had four daughters.   Vicki is married to Dave Weyant; Denise Olivieri, Kim is married to Ronald “Butch” Lingenfelter and Lori is married to Dave Keith.  There are 10 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

Sonny graduated from Greenfield Township High School in 1941.  After graduation, he was employed at General Refractories Co.  He served in the US Army from March 1943 to November 1945 where he served in the Aleutian Islands, Alaska.

Following military service, he enrolled at Lock Haven State Teachers College and graduated in 1950 with a B.S. degree in physical education and social studies.

He began his teaching career in 1951 at Claysburg.  He was later named varsity basketball coach and junior high football and baseball coach at Claysburg-Kimmel.  His 37 years ended in 1988 when he retired.  Those years of teaching included 33 years of football coaching, 23 years of basketball coaching and 16 years of baseball coaching at Claysburg-Kimmel.  Additionally he coached Teener League Baseball in Claysburg.  He was also an early Supporter of Little League Baseball in Claysburg. 

Sonny was a member of the Claysburg American Legion and served as a past commander.  He was an active member of the Claysburg Legion Band.  He was also involved in the Claysburg Minstrel Shows, Claysburg-Kimmel Alumni Homecoming Shows and was involved in many other organizations throughout the area. 

Sonny is remembered as having a “rough” persona in his talks and actions but in reality had a heart of gold and would do anything to help kids in Claysburg.   Sonny touched a lot of kid’s lives and enriched them while at Claysburg-Kimmel either teaching or coaching

Corporal Harry R. Harr

Corporal Harry R. Harr was nominated by Frank Ball of Everett, PA and originally from Claysburg, PA.  Harry R. Harr was the son of Clement and Isetta (Claar) Harr was born on February 22, 1921 in Sinking Valley.  While Corporal Harr lived in the East Freedom, PA area, he attended the Claysburg Schools through the eighth grade.  He married Mary Winifred Berkheimer on March 20, 1943.  They had one son, Harry Harr, Jr whom Corporal Harr never saw.  He also had four brothers and two sisters.

He entered the US Army on November 16, 1942.  On June 5, 1945, Corporal Harr was killed in action on Mindanao, Philippine Islands.  On April 1, 1946 he was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for gallantry in action.  In order to save four of his comrades, he smothered a grenade with his body costing him his life.

The actual citation reads:  The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Corporal Harry R. Harr, United States Army, for gallantry and intrepidity on June 5, 1945, while serving with Company D, 124th Infantry Regiment, 31st Infantry Division, in action at Maglamin, Mindanao, Philippine Islands. In a fierce counterattack, the Japanese closed in on Corporal Harr's machinegun emplacement, hurling hand grenades, one of which exploded under the gun, putting it out of action and wounding two of the crew. While the remaining gunners were desperately attempting to repair their weapon another grenade landed squarely in the emplacement. Quickly realizing he could not safely throw the unexploded missile from the crowded position, Corporal Harr unhesitatingly covered it with his body to smother the blast. His supremely courageous act, which cost him his life, saved four of his comrades and enabled them to continue their mission.

Corporal Harr had many awards and buildings named after him in the surrounding area as well having the I-99 bridge  that crosses Route 220 at East Freedom named after him on November 3, 2011.


Richard “Dick” Lingenfelter

Dick Lingenfelter was nominated for the Claysburg Area Hall of Fame by Dr. Edward Schultz of Claysburg.  Dick was born on December 23, 1936 to Oliver and Virginia (Beegle) Lingenfelter.

Dick graduated from Greenfield-Kimmel School District in 1955 and then attended Penn State for one year.  He also attended a variety of management courses including many from General Motors Corporation.

Dick is married to the former Nancy Albright.  They are the parents of one daughter Lou Ann.   He has four grandchildren and three great grandchildren.  Dick has lived in Claysburg his entire life.

Dick worked for Zeigler Chevrolet from 1955 and retired as Service Manager after 44 years.   His experience at Zeiglers earned him numerous awards from General Motors.

Through the years Dick has been heavily involved in sports and especially baseball where he could be seen pitching.   He earned many awards for sports through the years.  

Additionally Dick co-chaired two of Claysburg’s celebrations for the 175th and 200th anniversary of Claysburg.  He co-directed many of the Claysburg Minstrel Shows and does volunteer work for the Claysburg Area Public Library and also silently supports many organizations in town both physically and monetarily.   He was a past president of the Claysburg-Kimmel Alumni Association and past Chairman of the Claysburg Area Committee.

He has been recognized by his church, the United Church of Christ for his contributions serving on the consistory and for his volunteer work.

Besides all of the above contributions and dedication to the town of Claysburg, the biggest contribution of Dick Lingenfelter’s to the community was his dedication as the Co-chairman of the Claysburg Park Committee.  He along with others began organizing and directing the work of many other volunteers from an empty field and had the vision to see the project through to fruition.   While the Claysburg Community Park is now under the auspice of the Greenfield Township government, Dick Lingenfelter was one of many leading the effort to get the park developed.   The final result was a beautiful park and was a project of which the townspeople of Claysburg are most proud.     

Regis Nale, Sr.


Regis Nale was nominated for the Claysburg Hall of Fame by his son, Regis Nale, Jr.  Regis was born in Sproul, Pa on May 27, 1922.  He graduated from the Claysburg High School in 1940.   He was chosen as student body president in both his Junior and Senior years at Claysburg. 

He married Betty Glass.  They had the following children:  Gregory, Claire Arndt, Regis, Jr., Rose Martin, Reed, Gerard and Doug.  Regis and Betty have 14 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.  Regis and his wife, Betty had been lifelong residents of Claysburg until one year ago when they relocated to Hollidaysburg for better long term care for his wife.

Regis served in the US Army as a technical sergeant in India making maps or doing Engineering Topography.

He worked for Shaffer’s Store in Claysburg and then went to work for the Claysburg A&P.  He retired after 42 years of service with the A&P as produce manager.

He was on the board of the Blair County Senior Citizens, was one of the founding fathers of the Claysburg Food Bank, received awards for fundraising from the American Cancer Society and received the prestigious George Award, a Blair County award for volunteerism.

He was known as Santa Claus throughout the Claysburg area where he performed his duties for a number of organizations including the Claysburg Christmas Parades and at the school.  He was Santa at the A&P and Claysburg Post Office and collected for the Salvation Army.  Regis life was dedicated to being a Santa Claus for anyone who needed one. 

We has been an avid collector of postcards his entire life.  He has been a lifelong member of St. Anne’s Catholic Church of Claysburg now called St. Thomas More where he was heavily involved in church activities.

Regis dedication to Claysburg has never waned through the years.  He continues to attend events that are held in Claysburg and has been of invaluable assistance in writing Claysburg’s history through stories and photos.


Below are the Claysburg, PA Area Hall of Fame Guidelines
as Approved by the Hall of Fame Committee
To print a copy, go to bottom of page, click, Guidelines, click "view" and then print from the PDF file.


Article I:  NAME

The name of this organization shall be the Claysburg Area Hall of Fame Committee.

Article II:  PURPOSE

The Claysburg, PA Area Hall of Fame Committee (the Committee) exists to: annually recognize Claysburg, PA Area residents and former residents whom in their lives have made significant contributions to the community of Claysburg and surrounding areas, or have contributed significantly to the good of humankind.


The Claysburg Area Hall of Fame was founded in June of 2013 by Claysburg P.A.S.T. as part of the historical preservation efforts of the Claysburg, PA area. Claysburg P.A.S.T. assumes all responsibility for the financial needs of the Committee. The Committee however, works independently from Claysburg P.A.S.T.


The Committee shall be comprised of nine members representing the Claysburg Area. Any person who attends Claysburg P.A.S.T. meetings is eligible to vote on the Committee members.  The ballot is comprised of Claysburg P.A.S.T. members who are currently on the email list plus 3 blank write-in spots. This insures unlimited opportunity for election to the Committee.


All newly elected members, after the initial June 2013 election which has prorated terms, shall serve three year terms. Members may serve a maximum of six consecutive years at a time. Members are eligible for a new three year term when they are off the Committee for at least one year after serving a maximum of six years.  The purpose of limiting membership in the Committee is to promote fresh ideas and suggestions and avoid stagnation of the Committee. Should a Committee member be unable to complete his/her term, a new member will be appointed by the Hall of Fame Committee using the prior election results. The person with the highest number of votes but not elected to the Committee will be the first appointment.


There shall be a Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, and a Secretary. Officers shall be selected from the Committee membership annually at the first meeting of the term. Additional officers will be selected as needed.  Minutes will be assigned to the Secretary.


Article VII:  DUTIES

The Chairperson shall preside at all meetings and with the Vice-Chairperson coordinating all other necessary activities as requested by the Chairperson.  The Chairperson will formalize meeting agendas and distribute them to Committee members in a timely fashion prior to the next meeting.  The Vice-Chairperson shall act in the absence of the Chairperson.  The Secretary will notify members of upcoming meetings and provide minutes of the prior meeting.


The Committee shall establish its meeting schedule.  The Committee will establish agendas for subsequent meetings.

Article  IX:   QUORUM

A simple majority of the Committee shall constitute a quorum.  All votes of the Committee shall be carried by a majority of the members present and voting unless specified otherwise elsewhere in the guidelines.


Nominees to the Claysburg Area Hall of Fame shall be selected based upon the following criteria:

a.       Nominees are residents or former residents of the Claysburg, PA Area.

b.      Selection is based on achievements which shall include a worthy record in more than one and exemplary achievement in at least one of the following:

1.       Job-related achievements

2.      Professional honors and awards, professional affiliations, publications

3.      Civic or community involvement

4.      Personal achievements/accomplishments

5.      Positive impact on the community of Claysburg, Pa Area

6.      Other appropriate qualifications which the committee believes merit consideration


The Committee shall solicit nominees from the community at large.  Anyone may submit a nomination for any person meeting the eligibility criteria above.  Only one (1) nomination application for a Claysburg Hall of Fame member per person per year will be accepted.  If a person whom has been nominated is not selected as a Hall of Fame member in that particular year, the applicant can submit a new nomination application for the next year recommending that person.

Application forms may be downloaded from the Claysburg P.A.S.T. website at:  https://sites.google.com/site/claysburgpahistory/  or a hard copy may be picked up at the Claysburg Area Public Library during regular business hours.

The Committee will carefully consider all nominations and select no more than five (5) Hall of Fame inductees in a calendar year. The Committee shall require a minimum vote of 6 of the 9 member body to select the Hall of Fame inductees.  Absentee voting by the committee is acceptable. No member of the Committee will be nominated or selected for the Hall of Fame during his or her term of office.


The Induction Ceremony shall be held annually at a date and location set by the Committee.  The Committee shall establish the program and handle all necessary details of the Induction Ceremony. The Committee aims for an induction ceremony prior to June 30th of each year which is the expiration of some of the Committee member’s terms. Claysburg P.A.S.T. will be responsible for the financial cost of the program. The Committee will give an estimate to the Claysburg P.A.S.T. committee well in advance of the ceremony for funding approval.


These guidelines may be amended by a 6 of 9 majority of the committee membership.  All suggested amendments to the guidelines shall be submitted in writing to the membership in advance of any vote.


The committee reserves the right to remove a member from the Hall of Fame based on a majority of the 6 of 9 members vote.  Removal is a serious action to only be considered in case of egregious conduct reflecting poorly on the Claysburg, PA Area.



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