Each Monday the Centre Daily Times will publish an installment in our “Share our Heritage” series, featuring photos from Centre County’s past. Today’s photo is from Tor Michaels.
He wrote: “Today I offer a photo recently found at the Milesburg (American) Legion. The woman standing with the flags is local folk hero Lucinda Hall. She would walk 9 miles from her home in Unionville to see the troops off at the Bellefonte train station during World War II.
She would meet the troops at the diamond in front of the Centre County Courthouse and lead the procession down High Street to the rail station.
“To many soliders, seeing Lucinda waving her flags was the last memory they had of home. She eventually became a resident at Centre Crest, and the (county) commissioners arranged for her to be brought in a wheelchair to the station to see the last train of soldiers leave for Korea in January 1951.
Lucinda died on the eve of Memorial Day 1963 at age 88. On Veterans Day in 1989, a plaque dedicated to her memory was placed at the train station.
“Take a good look at the faces behind her, I would love to know if your readers recognize any of their family members.”
Readers can contribute to the “Share our Heritage” series by sharing their own photos.
Just drop off or mail copies of the photos to Centre Daily Times, 3400 E. College Ave., State College, PA 16801 or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Provide as much caption information as you can. All photos in the weekly series are placed in a “Share our Heritage” gallery at CentreDaily. com.