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Claysburg Area Hall of Fame

The Fourth Annual 
Claysburg Hall of Fame Inductions
Held on Saturday, April 1, 2017
Claysburg-Kimmel Auditorium

The Claysburg Area Hall of Fame induction of its fourth class of members was held on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at the Claysburg-Kimmel High School Auditorium. The ceremony began at 3:00 P.M. with a reception immediately following. Approximately 130 people were in attendance.


This year’s inductees are Claysburg Economic Development, Inc., a group of pioneers devoted to growing the town of Claysburg; Vincent L. Dodson, an engineer with a strong background in military service; Thomas W. Kurtz, an industrialist; the Pozgar Family, a family begun by two immigrants to Claysburg who realized the American Dream and Moris “Mosche” Quint, an educator.


Roger Knisely was Master of Ceremonies.  The invocation was by Rev. Dr. Joleen Kurtz Willis of Clearfield, PA and a niece of Thomas Kurtz, one of the inductees.


PA State Representative Judy Ward of the 80th District of the PA House presented citations to each of the inductees or families.

Claysburg Economic Development, Inc. nominated by the Claysburg Hall of Fame Committee as their Pioneer Award and introduced by Maria Leppert, Chair of the Hall of Fame Committee.  Accepting the award for CEDI was Bob Gordon, President of the group.

Vincent L. Dodson was nominated by Orville Smith and introduced by Brenda Marriner.  Vincent Dodson accepted the award.

Thomas W. Kurtz was nominated by Jim Ridgeway and introduced by Rich Allison. John Kurtz and Rachel Kurtz Glass accepted the award

The George and Grace Pozgar nomination was by the Greenfield-Kimmel Class of 1962 and introduced by Dr. Mona Eckley.  Bob Pozgar accepted the award.

Moris "Mosche" Quint was nominated by Dr. Walter Quint and was introduced by Elaine Smith.  Accepting the award on behalf of the family was Rich Allison.

Claysburg 4th Annual Hall of Fame Inductees

The Claysburg Area Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the induction of its fourth class on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at the Claysburg-Kimmel High School Auditorium. The ceremony begins at 3:00 P.M. with a reception immediately following. The public is invited and dress is business casual.

This year’s inductees are Claysburg Economic Development, Inc., a group of pioneers devoted to growing the town of Claysburg; Vincent L. Dodson, an engineer with a strong background in military service; Thomas W. Kurtz, an industrialist; the Pozgar Family, a family begun by two immigrants to Claysburg who realized the American Dream and Moris “Mosche” Quint, an educator.

The nominators of the inductees will present them with individual awards. In addition, marker plaques in their honor will be placed in the Claysburg Community by the Hall of Fame Committee. This event is jointly sponsored by Claysburg P.A.S.T. and the Claysburg Rotary Club.

The Hall of Fame Committee is comprised of nine members from the Claysburg area who are elected at large by Claysburg P.A.S.T. The Hall of Fame Committee is an off-shoot of Claysburg P.A.S.T. and is financially supported by them.

Claysburg Economic Development, Inc.

L-R Front:  Barb Leslie, Sec-Treas and Bob Gordon, President.  

L-R Back Row:  Phil Emeigh, Vice President, Randy Glass, Jack Yingling.

Claysburg Economic Development, Inc. “CEDI”

After the 1954 Claysburg Sesqui-Centennial or 150th Anniversary of Claysburg, the profits from the week’s activities were put into a fund called the Claysburg Fund to promote local business growth. Later a “Jobs for Joes” group was formed and raised money to attract businesses to Claysburg. In 1962, the Claysburg Fund was re-activated. The first real success story of these two groups was in 1963 when they jointly announced that Champion Homes was moving to Claysburg. The plant opened in 1964 and continues here 53 years later. Back then two organizations raised $50,000 to cover the purchase of 11 acres of land from the Clair Hileman estate, build a water supply system, install a rail siding, and pay one half of the cost of site preparation for building construction.
The purpose of the two groups was to spur industrial growth and diversity in the community of Claysburg, PA. To get the group moving financially, monies were also donated by employees of General Refractories – Claysburg and Sproul, First National Bank and other businesses and industries. The Claysburg Fund was used as the mechanism to purchase the first land and attract new businesses to the area.

Some of the early names associated with the two organizations who spurred this economic growth were Sam Klevans, who was President of Jobs for Joes at the time, and Grover Imler, who was President of the Claysburg Fund at the time. Other names associated with both groups included Howard Feather, Sam Hershberger, Earl Herncane, Tom Kurtz, Harold Dunlap, Kenneth Zeigler, Clair Ebersole, Paul McKee, Leon Black, Martin Burket, Oren Leslie, Ted Gordon, D. Emmert Brumbaugh and D. Robert Brumbaugh, plus many others through the years.

Later the two groups merged and the group became known as “CEDI” or Claysburg Economic Development, Inc. They brought many other industries to the town with the development of the 115 acre William Ward Industrial Park in 1977. Eventually the public water and sewer systems were developed by the township as part of the attraction to bring industry to town.

CEDI paved the way for News Printing or NPC to develop on the property at the north end of town known as the Lingenfelter Farm and later owned by Don and Ruth Nelson of Claysburg. CEDI was also instrumental in the development of the Walter Business Park with ABC of Altoona and the eventual securing of Sheetz as a tenant to the park. Today another group is building there, Central States. The industries and the parks continue to thrive today with new additions.

In 1998, CEDI donated land where the Claysburg Community Park is located today. It was this initial donation of land that allowed the construction of the park to begin. CEDI also donated $25,000 for the construction of the gazebo at the Park. Today after years of planning and many long hours of physical labor by many people, organizations and the township, we now have a beautiful community park that continues to evolve.

CEDI today continues to work with ABC of Altoona and to attract groups. Earlier this year they presented a check for $25,000 to ABC for continuing efforts on development projects. CEDI’s current board is made up of Bob Gordon, Phil Emeigh, Jack Yingling, Barb Leslie and Randy Glass. Today, Claysburg is blessed because of the foresight of the original members of these groups who recognized that industrial diversity was needed within Claysburg. Today Claysburg has a very diverse group of businesses operating within the boundaries of Greenfield Township. The Claysburg Hall of Fame committee is proud to recognize all of these leaders through the years who were indeed visionaries at the time with their Pioneer Award. Thank you CEDI for helping to chart the future of Claysburg. Bob Gordon, President of CEDI, will be accepting the award on behalf of all its current and prior members.

Vincent L. Dodson

Vincent L. Dodson was born in East Freedom, PA on February 14, 1944, the son of Leo and Marie (Claar) Dodson. Vince graduated from Greenfield-Kimmel High School in 1963 and from Penn State University in 1967 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. He served in the Vietnam War and then in the 458th Engineer Battalion US Army Reserve. He served as commander for units in Johnstown and Chief of Staff for Logistics for the 99th Regional Support Command encompassing five states and the District of Columbia. In 2001, Vince retired from the US Army Reserve as a Colonel with 33 years of service. Vince was employed as a Civil Engineer for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and retired in 2003 with 35 years of service. Vince is also a registered professional engineer and registered surveyor.

Vince married Joy Roudabush on June 15, 1968. Vince and Joy have three children. Gayle was born July 24, 1969 and is married to Bryan Claycomb. They have one daughter, Jazlyn. Tyke was born on February 14, 1971 and is married to Julie Becker. They have two sons, Zachary and Benjamin. Ryan was born June 19, 1980 and is married to Christa Kissel. They have three children, Hunter, Mallory and Piper.

Vince is a past commander of the Claysburg VFW Post #8034 and the Claysburg American Legion #522. He is a life member of Pleasantville VFW Post #6219, the Vietnam Veterans of America and the Reserve Officers Association of the United States. Vince is also a member of the Blair County Veteran’s Honor Guard.

Vince is Chairman of the Greenfield Township Municipal Authority (Water and Sewer) where he has volunteered and been involved supervising the expansion of the infrastructure systems of Greenfield Township.

Vince was nominated by Orville W. Smith for his tireless dedication to the township and the long hours spent securing grants and permits, and making certain the township’s water and sewer systems are in compliance with all Department of Environmental Protection rules and regulations. Vince is being honored for this service to the township and for his military service.

We welcome Vincent L. Dodson into the Claysburg Area Hall of Fame, a truly dedicated community member and United States military veteran who has always looked out for the betterment of the military veterans and the Claysburg area.

Thomas W. Kurtz

Thomas W. Kurtz was born on December 4, 1917 at Claysburg, the son of Louis and Emma (Tipton) Kurtz. Tom graduated from Claysburg High School in 1936. After graduating from Penn State at Mont Alto majoring in forestry, Tom returned to Claysburg and began working at General Refractories in 1938. Tom married Mary (Merce) Lingenfelter in 1939.

Tom’s great uncle, T. N. Kurtz originally built the Claysburg plant - Standard Refractories in 1913 and eventually sold it to General Refractories in 1922. Tom came from a long-line of refractory or brick workers. Tom’s father, Louis also worked at General Refractories until his early death in 1932. Tom had two brothers and a sister. Helen Amick, who resides in Tyrone; Jack Kurtz, who resides in Indiana, PA; and Bill Kurtz, who resided in Williamsburg, PA but is now deceased.

Tom and Merce had six children. Ann, who married Bob Wlodkowski, lives in Waxhaw, NC. They have five children: Eric, James, John, Daniel and Amy. Ellen, who married Harold Barnes, lives in Mt. Joy, PA. They have four children: James, Glenn, Beth and Margery. Louis, who married Rozanne West, lives in Buhl, ID. They have three children: Gretchen, Shane and Leah. Lemon, who married Annie Decker, lives in Preston, ID. They have two children: Lee Ann and David. John, who married Suzanne Lingenfelter, lives in Tooele, UT. They have two children: Scott and Adam. Rachel, who married Melvin Glass, lives in Fawn Grove, PA. They have two children: Rebekah and Thomas.

Tom Kurtz was a silica brickyard legend not just in Claysburg but throughout the United States. He was highly respected in the industry. Tom’s life revolved around silica brick. Tom kept on top of the entire operation of the Claysburg, PA plant from when he became Superintendent in 1951 until his retirement in 1980.

Tom Kurtz was well-known throughout the steel industry as an expert on silica brick. During his employment, his reputation extended beyond the United States to Canada, Germany, Japan, and other countries. Tom could sit in a room full of engineers from the largest steelmakers in the United States and solve their problems in regard to brick. When Tom Kurtz walked into a customer’s office, the customers always listened to him.

The Claysburg plant was a very successful plant in its heyday under Tom. While other silica plants were closing throughout the United States due to declining business as a result of technology changes, Tom kept the Claysburg Plant operating under profitable conditions. Employment continued to thrive at the Claysburg Plant under Tom Kurtz. His refractory career spanned 41 ½ years. Tom died on October 30, 1986, and Merce, his wife, died on December 10, 1993.

Tom had a great love of the outdoors and was very knowledge about plants and trees. He loved hunting with his sons, family members, and friends. Turkey hunting was his favorite. If you ran into Tom in the woods, you would never have suspected that he was a great industrialist and one of the most respected silica brick men in the world.

Tom was nominated by Jim Ridgeway of the eastern shore of Wittman, MD. Jim worked with Tom from 1963 until Tom’s retirement in 1980. Jim was Vice President of Sales and considered Tom one of the best people he ever worked with at General Refractories.

We welcome Thomas W. Kurtz into the Claysburg Area Hall of Fame. He was a truly dedicated refractory person who deeply cared for the success of the General Refractories Co – Claysburg Plant and worked in the best interests of the Claysburg community.

L-R:  George & Grace Pozgar

Pozgar Family

With the building of the General Refractories plants at Claysburg and Sproul, many people moved to the area including a large number of immigrants mostly from eastern Europe. Among these immigrants were George and Grace Pozgar. The family they started in Claysburg is being honored for the number of members who made significant contributions not only to Claysburg, but to America as a whole. This is their story.

On April 12, 1883 Juro Pozega was born in Yugoslavia near current day Zagreb, Croatia. On October 18, 1891 Tereza Juranic was born in Hungary. Juro arrived in America on June 9, 1907 in New York City departing from South Hampten, England. Quite often the man came first to America to earn money and then would return to his homeland to bring his family with him. Juro and Tereza were married in Croatia. Eventually Tereza and Catherine, their daughter arrived in America on September 25, 1911 in New York City departing from Rotterdam.

While we do not know the exact date they arrived, there is proof of the family being in Claysburg by 1914. Juro Pozega became George Pozgar and Tereza Juranic Pozega became Grace Pozgar. George was affectionately known to his family as “Chachi” which means favorite son (a loving term of endearment for a man) in Croatian. Grace was known to her family as “Stödja Baka” which loosely translated means support grandma in Croatian. George Pozgar worked at Standard Refractories Co - later General Refractories Co - in Claysburg, PA in the quarry on Sproul Mountain quarrying ganister rock to make silica brick. George and Grace had a very large family. Records show there was a total of 15 children. Catherine, the first born, was the only one born in Yugoslavia or Croatia. All others were born in America. The children are as follows:

Catherine was born in 1910. She married Ignatz Blazevich. He was also from Croatia near Zagreb and had immigrated to America. He settled in Carlim near Williamsburg, PA where there also was a ganister quarry before moving to Claysburg. Ignatz was known locally in Claysburg as Iggy. He was a successful businessman and purchased the gas station in Claysburg that was called Iggy’s. It is now known as Frank’s. Frank’s Place and Iggy’s saw more students pass through it than any other business in Claysburg. Today Frank Blazevich at age 82 continues to operate this store. Frank’s other brothers included John and Joe and sister, Carol Kagarise.

Joseph was born in Pennsylvania in 1912 and died in 1937 at 25 years of age.

Frank Pozgar was born in 1914 and died in 1987. Frank and his wife, Lorraine, owned a bar and restaurant in Atlantic City known as Frank’s Extra High and Dry. Frank was known as “Peachy” and was very successful. Frank was most instrumental in bringing gambling to Atlantic City. Also, he owned a prime piece of real estate there.

Michael Pozgar was born and also died in 1916.

Martin Pozgar, Sr. was born in 1917 and died in 1972. Martin married Viola Ross who was from Everett, Bedford County. Vi was a seamstress and worked for many years at Loungeray. Viola “Vi” died in 2016. Martin worked for Standard Supply and Equipment. Martin and Vi lived in Claysburg. They had two children: Martin, Jr. and Robert. Martin, Jr. had three children: Robin, Jacqueline and Gregory. Bob had three children: Mike, Chris and Kim and two grandchildren Katie and Sam. Also, Francie Antich Ickes is considered a sister since for a period of time she stayed with the family and was raised by them.

Mary Pozgar was a twin sister to Martin and was born in 1917. She died in 1975. She married John Bartrich and lived in Claysburg.

George John Pozgar was born in 1919 and died in 1997. He was known as Squiz. He and his wife, Adelaide Dively, operated the Sproul Tavern in Sproul. It was also known as the Corner. They were very successful with their business. They had three children: Mary Ann Pozgar Berkebile, George “Danny,” and David Pozgar.

Anna C. Pozgar was born in 1921 and died in 2004. She married James Beach, a local school teacher. They lived in Claysburg. They had son, Jimmy.

Helen Pozgar was born in 1923 and died in 2007. Helen and her husband, John, lived in Detroit, MI.

Mildred Pozgar was born in 1924 and died in 1979. She married Tony Dughi, and they lived in Claysburg.

Steven Pozgar was born in 1922 and married Joyce Brumbaugh. After serving in the Navy, he and his wife settled in Roaring Spring, PA, and he worked as a dispatcher for Eastern Trucking. Steve had three children: Connie, Richard and Christine.

Msgt. John R. Pozgar was born in 1928 and died in 1988. He was in the military and retired from there. He and his wife, Grace, lived in Tennessee. John had two sons, Michael and Gary.

Gladys Pozgar was born in 1931 and died in 1992. She married Mike Boscolo. They owned Michael’s Restaurant in Greencastle, PA and were very successful. Glady had three children: Candace, Michael and Martin.

Also, there was a set of twins who died during birth, but we do not have records for them. This would total 15 children in the family.

Many of George and Grace Pozgar’s grandchildren did extremely well in the business as well.

Frank Blazevich continues to operate Frank’s Place in Claysburg.

George “Danny” Pozgar lives near Washington, DC. He was a CEO and Hospital Administrator of a Long Island, NY hospital. Additionally, he has inspected 500 hospitals as part of their accreditation process. Danny is the author of five books with one of them going into the 13th edition. He is an author, speaker, and a consultant. His specialty of health care is well-known throughout the United States.

Bob Pozgar was co-founder of a major company, Windmere Group, LLC and currently is President of Liberty Technologies Unlimited, Inc. Bob continues to support the National Defense Agency while dabbling in destination weddings and ice cream production. Bob and Maggie split their time between Naples, Florida and Pasadena, Maryland, and Bob continues his role as an entrepreneur. He has especially been driven to help students understand the background needed to get a better higher education with his devotion to the sciences, technology, engineering and math. He has had a focus especially on helping students in higher poverty level areas of the country. Through the years, Bob has supported many non-profit groups with his charitable giving.

One side note, the Croatians traditionally played stringed instruments and the entire ensemble consisted of multiple stringed instruments of various sizes and shapes. The group of instruments was called tamburitza. The Pozgar family always had a wall hanging full of these various tamburitza instruments. On any Sunday, you could see members of the family grabbing instruments and retiring to the front porch where they played their instruments and sang for the entire day. Martin Pozgar, Sr. was offered a spot with the Pittsburgh Tamburitzans, a musical group that continues to this day. Also, he was offered a scholarship at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. Unfortunately, his parents did not want him to join the group or move to Pittsburgh, and he honored their wishes.

Throughout all these success stories, these people have never forgotten their family ties and their ties to the town of Claysburg, PA. Those who live outside the area continue to visit Claysburg on a regular basis. When there are needs for their local family or for the community, we have seen some of these family members be most generous with giving of their financial resources for many great needs and causes.

There are many descendants of the Pozgars who have done well. Several times individual members of the family have been nominated for the Claysburg Hall of Fame, but they modestly declined to accept the individual award. The Pozgar family was nominated by the Greenfield-Kimmel Class of 1962. Accepting the award on behalf of the Pozgar family will be Bob Pozgar from the Class of 1962.

Today we welcome the Pozgar Family into the Claysburg Area Hall of Fame. Their story is truly an example of the American Dream. It began with George and Grace’s immigration to America, grew with the successes of their children, and continues with the many successes of grandchildren. The Hall of Fame is proud to honor this worthy family.

Moris “Mosche” Quint

Moris Quint was born on November 16, 1923 in Claysburg, PA the son of Louis and Ida Quint. His parents were immigrants from Russia who settled in Germany and then came to the United States. In 1919, they opened a general store in Claysburg that specialized in clothing called Quint’s Store. It closed in 1959. According to family legend, Moris’s mother Ida was a seamstress for the Czar of Russia. This may or may not be true.

Moris’s parents raised six children – Molly, Bessie, Jenny, Bertha, David and Moris – and several step-children. All of the children either went to college or to nursing school. The Quint family placed a high value on education, and they were a very religious family.

Moris graduated from Claysburg High School in 1941, the same year as his brother David. He was a very good high school student and an outstanding football player. He was also the high school drum major. During games Moris would play half-back on the high school football team and then perform with the band during the halftime show. He earned a full scholarship to Juniata College where he played football. However, when World War II was in full swing, he left Juniata and enlisted in the US Marine Corp.

Moris married Bette Yeager. They had two children – Walter and Louise. Walter married Lucinda “Cindy” Streett. They have been married for 48 years. They have one son Major Mark Streett Quint. Mark is married to Jennifer Spaulding. They have one child, Charlotte Spaulding Quint. Louise married Roddy Dean. They have one son, Ashley. Ashley is married to Elizabeth. They have two children, Charlotte and Abilgail Yeager. Later in life Moris married his second wife, Janice.

Moris graduated from Officer Candidate School and was commissioned as a Lieutenant. He served in Japan, and then the Marine Corp sent him back to college to complete his Bachelor of Science degree at Muhlenburg College. Also, as a Marine, he served in Washington, DC and North Carolina and did weapons testing off Puerto Rico and cold weather experimentation off Greenland. He was also deployed to the Mediterranean Sea and Korea. He incurred a neck injury off shore near Korea which resulted in treatment at Bethesda Naval Hospital. This injury forced him to resign his commission after 11 years.

Moris returned to Claysburg after graduation to coach the high school football team for a brief period in the late 1940s. He also at one point shoveled coal into the kilns at the Claysburg brickyard. During his high school years and after, Moris was affectionately known to his Claysburg friends as “Mosche.”

In 1953 Moris taught biology and United States history at West Snyder High School in Beaver Springs. Later he served as principal at Northern Bedford High School and at Conemaugh Township High School near Johnstown.

Moris earned a Master of Science degree from Bucknell University in approximately 1959, and he completed the course work for a Doctor of Education degree at Penn State University in approximately 1962.

In 1964 he became principal at Gettysburg High School and then became assistant superintendent until his retirement during the mid-1980s.

Moris served as President of his Hanover Hebrew Jewish congregation for more than 32 years from 1975 until his death on December 15, 2007. After retirement he became a full-time volunteer for the Disabled American Veterans. He also spent many hours preparing tax returns for senior citizens volunteering his time. Bette, his first wife, passed away on May 23, 2009. Janice, his second wife, is still living but is in poor health.

Moris was nominated for the Claysburg Hall of Fame by his son, Dr. Walter Quint of West Depford, NJ. Walter is a retired Superintendent of Schools in Paulsboro, NJ and retired Rowan University, NJ professor. Currently he teaches at Gwynedd Mercy University.

Moris was a truly dedicated educator who was ahead of his time with his forward thinking. He made a very positive contribution to the field of education. We are proud to welcome Moris Quint into the Claysburg Area Hall of Fame.

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, 2019:

Rich Allison
Tom Ringler
Mary Walter

Term Expires July 1, 2018:

Roger Knisely
Brenda Marriner
Elaine Smith

Term Expires July 1, 2017:

Maria Leppert
Jonathan Furry
Rhonda Eckley

Claysburg Area Hall of Fame Information

Claysburg Hall of Fame Nomination Form 

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Third Annual 2016 Claysburg Hall of Fame Induction

Held on Saturday, April 2, 2016

Induction of the Third Annual Claysburg Area Hall of Fame Members was held on Saturday, April 2, 2016 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.  Roger Knisely was Master of Ceremonies.

Those inducted for 2016 are: S. Dean Campbell; Jim and Jane Claar and their children Connie Rose, Audry and Ricky; Robert and Jean Gordon; Thomas Ringler and Dr. Peter Schoenberger.

Dick Lingenfelter introduced S. Dean Campbell Hall of Fame award with Aiden Barry, great grandson and Andrea A. Walter, granddaughter accepting the award. Janet Claycomb Wray introduced Jim & Jane Claar & Connie Rose, Audry and Ricky Claar Hall of Fame award with Connie Rose (Claar) Claycomb, Audry Lou (Claar) Lair and Ricky Claar accepting the award. Additionally John Topper spoke briefly about Jim and Jane and their family.

Crystal Gilchrist and Cindy John introduced their parents Hall of Fame award winners Bob and Jean Gordon who accepted their award. Also, Brenda Marriner, niece of the Gordons spoke briefly about their history. Maria Leppert introduced Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement award Tom Ringler who accepted his award and Rich Allison introduced Hall of Fame Pioneer award winner Dr. Peter Schoenberger with Honorable Craig Ormsby, great-great-great-great grandson accepting the award on behalf of the family.

Each winner received a crystal desk award and the Claysburg Area Hall of Fame committee is pleased to announce their third annual list of five inductees will have marker plaques placed in the Claysburg Community. This now bring the total to 15 awards to date.

Near the end of the program, PA Representative Judy Ward also presented Citations from the State of Pennsylvania to each award winner and spoke briefly.

The Hall of Fame committee is comprised of nine members from the Claysburg area. Each year three of the members’ spots of the Hall of Fame Committee are up for election and open to Claysburg P.A.S.T. members or write-ins are accepted from the community at large. The Hall of Fame committee is an off-shoot from the Claysburg P.A.S.T. organization who is financially sponsoring the group. 

​Roger Knisely, Master of Ceremonies

Dick Lingenfelter, Introducing S. Dean Campbell Hall of Fame award with Aiden Barry, great grandson and Andrea A. Walter, granddaughter accepting the award.


Janet Claycomb Wray introducing Jim & Jane Claar Hall of Fame award

with Connie Rose (Claar) Claycomb, Audry Lou (Claar) Lair and Ricky Claar accepting the award.

Crystal Gilchrist and Cindy John introducing Hall of Fame award to their parents with Bob and Jean Gordon accepting their award.

Maria Leppert introducing Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement award with Tom Ringler who accepted his award.

Rich Allison introducing Hall of Fame Dr. Peter Schoenberger Pioneer award 

with Honorable Craig Ormsby, great-great-great-great grandson accepting the award.

Claysburg Area Hall of Fame Committee 2016 Induction on Sat., April  2, 2016

The Claysburg Area Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the induction of its third class on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at the Claysburg-Kimmel High School Auditorium.  The ceremony begins at 3:00 P.M. with a reception immediately following. The public is invited and dress is business casual. 

This year’s inductees are S. Dean Campbell; Jim and Jane Claar and their children Connie Rose, Audry and Ricky; Robert and Jean Gordon; Thomas Ringler and Dr. Peter Schoenberger. The nominators of the inductees will present them with individual awards. Additionally, marker plaques in their honor will be placed in the Claysburg Community by the Hall of Fame Committee.

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

The Hall of Fame Committee is comprised of nine members from the Claysburg area who are elected at large by Claysburg P.A.S.T.  The Hall of Fame Committee is an off-shoot of Claysburg P.A.S.T. and is financially supported by them.

S. Dean Campbell

S. Dean Campbell was born on November 27, 1922 in South Woodbury, Bedford County, PA, the son of Joseph H. Campbell and Ada Bechtel Guyer. Dean graduated from Greenfield Township High School in 1940. He served in the US Navy from August 5, 1943 to April 8, 1946.  In 1946, he married June Stufft. She died in 1978. In 1980, he married Marguerite Delozier, who still resides in Claysburg.  Dean died August 14, 1998.

Dean and June had three children. Samuel David Campbell was born in 1947 and died in 1979. Sara Elizabeth Campbell married Samuel Walter of Claysburg. They reside in Purcellville, Virginia and have one daughter, Andrea Walter. Andrea has two children, Aidan and Avery. Joseph Peter Campbell married Ruth Keeton. They reside in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia and have one child, Teak. Teak has two children, Maddie and Henry.

Early in his adult life, from 1946 to 1957, Dean was employed by General Refractories in Sproul, PA and Warren, OH. He spent the late 1950s working for Northwestern Mutual.   In 1960, Dean went to work for Blair County as a purchasing agent and also was involved in the administration of the food program for needy families. In 1971, he went to Berwind Railway Systems as a purchasing and materials manager and retired from there in 1984. Dean was a Justice of the Peace in Claysburg in the 1960s and 1970s.

Dean was a very community minded citizen. His community service included the Claysburg-Kimmel School Board in the 1950s, Grace United Church of Christ Consistory, Justice of the Peace, a member and Past Post Commander of Claysburg American Legion Post 522, and a member of the Earnest-Dively VFW, Claysburg, PA. He was also a member and past Master of the Free and Accepted Masons, Woodbury Lodge, a member of the Claysburg Industrial Park Committee, and a member of the Greenfield Township Water-Sewer Authority.  Dean was known as the straight man or interlocutor that kept the antics of the eight endmen together for Claysburg Minstrel Shows. These shows raised many funds for the community in the 1950s through the 1970s.

Dean was actively involved in the Claysburg Community for the majority of his life, and was well known throughout the Blair County area on both a professional and volunteer basis. We welcome S. Dean Campbell into the Claysburg Area Hall of Fame, a truly dedicated community member who always looked out for the betterment of the Claysburg area.


Jim & Jane Claar & Family  - L-R:  Connie Rose, Audry, Jane, Jim and Rick Claar along with Duggie Potter.  Circa Late 1950's

Jim & Jane Claar and their Children –

Connie Rose (Claar) Claycomb, Audry Lou (Claar) Lair and Ricky Claar

Anyone who lived in the Central Pennsylvania area during the 1930s through the 1980s has probably heard of Jim and Jane Claar, and their children Connie Rose, Audry, and Ricky.

Jim was the son of Harvey and Mary Jane "Muz" Hoenstine Claar, and Jane was the daughter of Ira and Edith Wynn Boyce Walter. Jim and Jane both grew up near Queen, PA in the Scrubgrass area which is in the northern part of Bedford County near Claysburg, PA. Music was their first love — playing, singing and entertaining the fans. Jim and Jane married in 1937 and for years travelled throughout Pennsylvania and lower New York state. They formed a group called the Western Vagabonds. They lived and performed in areas around Elmira, New York, Williamsport, PA, State College, PA and Lewistown, PA.

They would always open the local radio stations with early morning broadcasts. They also rented land in three different wooded areas to build music parks. Two of them were named Radio Corral and one was named Corral 22. They had famous entertainers come to perform at these parks. Eventually they performed closer home and then finally returned home to their farm near Queen in the 1950s. From 1957-1959, "The Jim and Jane Show" was a popular program on WFBG-TV on Saturdays at noon.

By this time, they had three children, Connie Rose, Audry Lou, and Ricky. In the 1950s, they performed locally as a family and with other groups and also did DJ work locally. In 1957, they built their Wagonshed for square dances on the farm near Queen, and it became an instant hit. Large crowds were there every Saturday night. The Wagonshed closed in 1961. Through the years Jim and Jane, their family, and other groups performed locally at Mayberry Claar Grove in Queen and at Musselman’s Grove in Klahr, occasionally at the request of Doc Williams who would bring big named entertainers to the area. Two other talented local musicians, Smokey Pleacher and Duggie Potter, were both part of the Western Vagabonds for a time.

Jim and Jane decided to slow down from the music profession and live life on the farm. Jim did some truck driving, and Jane lived on the farm during the 1960s and 1970s. In 1986, they performed again at Hyndman, PA as part of the Old-Timer’s Jamboree and continue to do so yearly until 1990. Music was the lifeblood of the Jim and Jane Claar family. From Jim’s guitar playing to Jane’s mandolin music, to the singing and the toe-tapping of family members, it was all top-notch country entertainment. Jim and Jane made the Claysburg, PA area proud.

Jim died in 1991, and Jane died in 2011. All three children still reside in Bedford County. Son Ricky lives outside of Osterburg; daughter Audry lives beside the old home farm in Queen; and Connie Rose lives between Cessna and Bedford. Many people would have loved to have seen the Wagonshed and the TV show continue. However, just like a great song and all good things, they must come to an end.

We welcome Jim and Jane Claar and their children, Connie Rose, Audry, and Ricky into the Claysburg Area Hall of Fame, as truly dedicated community members and musicians of the Claysburg area.


Robert and Jean Gordon

Bob and Jean Gordon were nominated as a couple for the Claysburg Area Hall of Fame.

Bob was born in Claysburg, PA on May 16, 1932 to Samuel "Ted" and Geraldine (Amick) Gordon. Jean Roudabush was born on May 5, 1929 in Claysburg to Lester and Rose (Knisely) Roudabush. They were married on September 23, 1951 in Claysburg and have lived in Claysburg most of their lives.

Bob graduated from Claysburg High School in 1950. Jean graduated from Claysburg High School in 1947. Just prior to their marriage, Bob signed a professional contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates. In the spring of 1952, Bob and Jean travelled to Waco, Texas, Bartlesville, Oklahoma, and Pittsburg, Kansas in pursuit of Bob’s baseball career. However, in December of 1952, Bob was drafted into the US Army. In the spring of 1955, Bob and Jean returned to Claysburg and constructed a home in the Friesville area where they still live today.

Bob and Jean have two daughters. Crystal Leta was born in 1955, and Cynthia Louise was born in 1958. Crystal lives in Schwenksville, PA with her husband Andrew Gilchrist. They have two sons, Joe and David, and three grandchildren. Cindy lives in Hamburg, PA with her husband Clayton John. They have three sons, Bobby, Christian and Ian, four granddaughters, one grandson, and one granddaughter on the way.

Bob was employed at Veeder Root for 25 years and at Martin Oil for 18 years. Jean was employed for many years as a bookkeeper and head cashier at Altoona Mercy Hospital in the Physical Medicine Department.

Bob and Jean have truly been assets to the community of Claysburg. They have been involved with the Claysburg-Kimmel Alumni Assocoation, the Claysburg Community Chorus, and Claysburg P.A.S.T. They have been members of the American Legion Band for over 40 years. They were instrumental in the formation of the Claysburg Area Community Theatre and have performed in many of the shows since its inception in 1979. Both have been actively involved with their church, Grace United Church of Christ, where Bob served as a member of the church consistory, as church school superintendent, and as a church school teacher for over 50 years. Jean was also a church school teacher for a period of time. Bob served on the Claysburg-Kimmel School Board for a time and was a Greenfield Township Supervisor. He is a member of the Woodbury Lodge 539 and of the Valley of Altoona Consistory. Bob also served on the board for "Jobs for Joes" which later became the Claysburg Economic Development Incorporated or CEDI and is currently its president. CEDI was responsible for donating the land for the Claysburg Community Park. He has been a member of the Claysburg American Legion where he served as commander in 1984 and held other positions over the years. Jean has worked on the election board serving Greenfield Township for over 50 years. In 1976, she chaired the committee for the first Claysburg Street Fair that was part of the Bicentennial celebration. This event has grown over the years and is now known as Claysburg Community Days. Jean and Lena Gazzara were instrumental in starting the Claysburg Girl Scouts in 1959. Bob and Jean with Ted and Geraldine Gordon and Clair Ebersole started the Claysburg Little League and helped to develop the first Little League field. They were also co-chairs of the 1979 Claysburg 175th Anniversary book.

Through the years, whenever there is a need for volunteers, Bob and Jean are there arm in arm and hip to hip doing what they can to make Claysburg a better community. Their endless hours and years of work have truly left a legacy in the Claysburg area and have set a very high standard for other volunteers. We owe them a debt of gratitude, and we welcome Bob and Jean Gordon into the Claysburg Area Hall of Fame. They are an inspiration to many others in our community. 

Thomas Ringler

Last fall on October 3, 2015, Claysburg Hall of Fame committee awarded Thomas L. Ringler a Lifetime Achievement Hall of Fame award, the first of its type in the community for his contributions to the community in various organizations, churches and community chorus.   In an unprecedented move by the Claysburg Education Foundation and the Claysburg P.A.S.T. (Preserving Artifacts Stories and Traditions) Hall of Fame Committee, Tom Ringler, a former teacher at Claysburg-Kimmel and active community member in the theatre and arts community was presented with two awards.  The Claysburg Education Foundation awarded Ringler their first Distinguished Educator Award for his commitment to the Arts and to education in the Claysburg Community.  Through the years Ringler has made the community more and more aware of the arts in both music and art form.  A musical show and dedication to Ringler was part of an “Arts” weekend in Claysburg by the Claysburg Education Foundation. 

 Tom grew up in the small community of Blough in northern Somerset County and attended what is now the North Star School District.  Tom is the son of Edward and Ruby Ringler.  At Forbes High School, Tom’s extracurricular interests were centered on music, art, the school newspaper, and the yearbook.  

During his last semester at IUP, he interviewed for teaching positions and chose to take a job teaching high school art in Claysburg, Pennsylvania in 1964, and he remained on the faculty there for the next thirty years. During that time he became an integral part of the community’s civic and cultural scene.  One of Tom’s first achievements came in 1969 when he teamed with fellow teacher Tom Booth, community leader Frank Gazzara, and others to organize and plan the first homecoming celebration. 

From that beginning, he continued to give his time and talent to a wide variety of community organizations and helped plan and participated in countless community events. 

During his teaching career, he taught art and art appreciation.   Tom also served as cheerleading advisor for quite a few years. In 1968, he organized and directed Noah’s Ark, a small musical group made up of C-K students.  A similar group named Room 102 was formed in 1972.  Both groups performed to the delight of audiences near and far.

His work with the Claysburg Area Community Theatre is especially noteworthy. In 1979, he helped organize this group.  Tom never enjoyed appearing on stage.  Instead, his passions were set design, stage managing and, of course, directing.

In addition to his work with the high school and community theaters, Tom currently serves on the Claysburg Library Board.  He directs the Community Chorus, is the organist and a church deacon at Lower Claar Church of the Brethren, and is active with the Bedford County Arts Center.  He was a member of the Claysburg Rotary Club for thirty-seven years and contributed greatly to the club and the community.

He quickly came to appreciate teaching and living in Claysburg. Tom chose to make Claysburg his home, and he has never regretted his decision to move here.  Claysburg claims him as one of their own, and we welcome him into the Claysburg Hall of Fame with the first and only Lifetime Achievement Award to date. 


Circa 1850

Dr. Peter Schoenberger

A Hall of Fame’s pioneer award goes to Dr. Peter Schoenberger for his contributions to the growth of the Claysburg area.

Dr. Schoenberger was born on October 16, 1782 at Manheim, Lancaster County. His father George had established little charcoal furnaces in the upper Juniata Valley. Schoenberger’s German ancestors had been operators of blast furnaces producing iron in Germany. Dr. Schoenberger graduated from medical school in 1806, and on June 17, 1806, he married Sarah Krug of Lancaster at Trinity Lutheran Church. Shortly thereafter, he gave up practicing medicine and devoted full attention to ironmaking.

Schoenberger was the ironmaking king of Pennsylvania and possibly of the United States at the time. His vast holdings included Upper, Lower and Middle Maria Forges in McKees Gap, named for his aunt, Anna Maria Watts; Franklin Furnace and Forge near Hollidaysburg; Rebecca Furnace, named for his daughter, Rebecca Schoenberger McCormick at Fredericksburg, east of Martinsburg; and Huntingdon Furnace near Warriors Mark. There was Martha Furnace near the Maria Forges, named for his daughter, Martha Schoenberger Duncan; Allegheny Forge near Foot of Ten; Sarah Furnace named for his daughter, Sarah Schoenberger McCormick at Sproul; Bald Eagle Furnace near Bellefonte; the Center and Tyrone Forges on the Little Juniata River; Rodman Furnace near the Middle Maria Forges; Bloomfield Mines in Bloomfield Township across the mountain from Sproul near Bakers Summit; the Hollidaysburg Rolling Mills and Nail Works; and Marietta Furnace on the Susquehanna River. He helped form Cambria Iron Company in Johnstown, Mt. Union Furnace near Uniontown, PA, and owned vast properties that included timber, coal, iron ore and other minerals.

Schoenberger built Sarah Furnace in 1832 at Sproul near present day Claysburg, PA. Sarah Furnace was located on the right side of the road that goes back to the current Sheetz complex at the Walter Industrial Park site. He also built the mansion located at the corner of Dunnings Highway and Quarry Road at the Old Sproul intersection. The twenty-one room mansion was a show place in its time, featuring fireplaces throughout made of black marble imported from Greece. A kiln was constructed in the yard of the mansion to manufacture the bricks for the house since transporting them would have been very difficult at the time. A similar if not identical mansion was built in Fredericksburg, PA at Rebecca Furnace and still exists today.

Sarah Furnace was the first industrialized area around Claysburg, and offered the first major employment in the area outside of farming. Iron ore was mined in Bloomfield Township and hauled across Sproul Mountain. Schoenberger, with his vast holdings of furnaces, land, and other properties, travelled continually between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh generally on horseback. Part of his thriving business eventually was in Pittsburgh, PA where steelmaking was coming of age and ironmaking was diminishing. He maintained homes in various places, but his main home was located on 15th and Penn Avenue in Pittsburgh, PA. This home stood until 1926. His heirs sold part of his mills to US Steel.

Dr. Schoenberger and his wife, Sarah had 9 children. Martha married John William Duncan, who maintained the Bloomfield Ore mines and eventually the ganister and limestone quarries on Sproul Mountain that were essential in making the silica brick using the ganister rock from the mountain. Anna Maria, who married Henry Watts, inherited the Marietta Forge on the Susquehanna River. Rebecca and husband Pollard McCormick had three children and managed Sarah Furnace. Following Rebecca’s death, Pollard McCormick married her sister, Sarah and continued to manage Sarah Furnace for a time even after Dr. Schoenberger’s death. They had two children. George K. Schoenberger was twice married, first to Sarah Hamilton and then to Ella Beatty. John H. Schoenberger married Margaret Cust. Elizabeth married Col. Edward Lytle, Sr., who managed Rebecca Furnace for years. Edwin Francis Schoenberger married his first cousin, Margaretta Krug. One of their children, George K. Schoenberger became a well-known Chicago steelman. No information is available on William H. Schoenberger.

Dr. Schoenberger died in 1854 at Marietta Furnace in Lancaster County. He is buried in Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia. Dr. Schoenberger’s estate totaled $12 million, which was a very hefty sum of money in 1854. That $12 million estate would be worth $354 million today. Dr. Schoenberger’s will left the Sarah Furnace mansion to his five grandchildren from Rebecca’s and Sarah’s marriages to Pollard McCormick. The will included the stipulation that the room at the top right of the stairs be reserved for his wife’s use at her will because she loved the mansion so much.

Pollard McCormick, and then his son, David McCormick, continued to operate Sarah Furnace for a time. The ownership then passed to Essington Hammond and others. However, ironmaking was diminishing and steelmaking was coming into its own. Sarah Furnace closed in 1881 and was dismantled.

Many local businesses thrived because of the prosperity of Sarah Furnace. What we now refer to as Yingling’s Mill at the south end of the township and county line was originally built by Dr. Peter Schoenberger. It was passed on to various other owners and eventually to the Yingling family.

While none of the heirs of Dr. Peter Schoenberger are known to exist in the Claysburg area, many of his descendants still live on hundreds of acres of land in the Cove, Alexandria, Petersburg, and Warriors Mark on property that was once part of the furnace operations. Dr. Schoenberger and his family were quite benevolent and gave vast sums of money to build St. Margaret’s Hospital near Fox Chapel in Pittsburgh, which is now part of UPMC – Pittsburgh. They also gave to many other charitable causes.

About the only reminders we have today of Dr. Peter Schoenberger’s vast holdings in the area are the pits or ponds near Ore Hill where iron ore was mined and the ganister or silica quarries on Sproul Mountain that were quarried by his heirs, the Duncan and their relatives, and the Hartman family for the silica brick business.

As for the Sproul Mansion, it was sold by the Schoenberger heirs to the Reighard family of Pittsburgh, who were in the oil industry. They in turn sold it to the General Refractories Company when the plant was built at Sproul, and the mansion is now owned by its successor company, ANH Refractories. As for Sarah Furnace, the town was renamed Sproul in honor of Governor Sproul who was President of General Refractories at the time the plant was built.

Tom Ringler of Claysburg

Given Distinctive and Unprecedented Awards 

by Claysburg Community

Saturday October 3, 2015

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 2014

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 application can be reviewed by the committee for up to five years.

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 Hall of Fame Committee from time to time at its discretion shall consider and award Lifetime Achievement Award and Hall of Fame Awards to those that the Committee deems appropriate without a formal nomination form and regardless of committee status.  The Lifetime Achievement Award will not be an annual event.  Outstanding service to the community, achievements and other special acts will be the basis for these very limited awards.  The Committee shall require a minimum vote of 6 of the 9 member body to select a Lifetime Achievement Hall of Fame inductee. 


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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