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When Ring Necks were plentiful   

By Staff | Nov 20, 2019

PHOTO PROVIDED                                                                                             Results from a ring neck hunt near Exchange from 1954 pictures (l-r) Richard Buck, Dr. Clarence O' Neill, Richard Claudfelter, Richard Buck Jr., Dorsey Claudfelter, Sr., Dorsey "Bill" Claudfelter, Jr., and two unidentified neighbors. "Skyrocket Sam' is the identity of the pedigreed hunting dog in the middle.

EXCHANGE – Luminary subscriber Doris (Claudfelter) Yeager, a 1963 graduate of Montgomery Area Joint High School, shared this timely photo from the Bitler/Claudfelter branch of her family during a ring neck hunt near Exchange.

According to Doris, the family farms included the current red brick farm-house located on the grounds of the PPL Preserve. Additionally, adjoining acreages included the current residence of Richard Hess where Doris spent much of her childhood before moving to Montgomery. The Montour County family blended with the Miller’s of Montgomery, that input slated for a future article.

Notations of the hunting party by Doris included that “Doc” O’Neill was the family doctor and a good friend to Dorsey Claudfelter, Doris’ father. The doctor had delivered all four of the Claudfelter children including brother Dick who was asthmatic and remained at his bedside until he took a turn for the better. “Doc also saved my father by surgically removing his gangrenous appendix at the hospital,” reads the notation. The physician was deeply loved by the Montgomery community and was on call at Muncy Valley Hospital.

With a keen interest in genealogy, Doris, currently of Waynesboro, Pa, wrote the original spelling of Claudfelter was Glattfelder and is of Swiss origin.

Doris contacted The Luminary to correct a report of the 1905 Montgomery High School list of graduates. “My grandmother, Edna Mae Miller, was a member of that class,” Doris said. During her senior year, Edna became ill; however the principal later awarded her a graduation certificate.

Edna Miller went on to attend the Williamsport School of Music and served as organist for Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church at Montgomery.