Share our heritage | Christmas vacation activity session at Rec Hall

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 Glenn Thiel, of State College.

He wrote: “This picture was taken in approximately 1953 of the Christmas vacation activity session held in Rec Hall for the town youth. Penn State coaches Gene Wettstone (gymnastics), Eddie Sulkowski (boxing), Charlie Spiedel (wrestling), Chick Werner (track) and John Eglie (basketball) provided daily instruction and activity in their sports each morning to the boys during Christmas vacation period.

“Local girls had similar activity sessions in the afternoon.

“Anyone with corrections or names for those listed as unknowns, please email Glenn Thiel at”

Front row, from left: unknown, Mark Bruss, unknown, Eddie Grace, Glenn Thiel, Dave Thiel, Jeff Gordon, Dick Wettstone, Willy Ebaugh, Walt Ebaugh, Tom Kalin, Tom Waynick, unknown, unknown, John Buchanan, Chuck Vincent and Jim Reeder.

Second row, from left: unknown, Tom Mairs, Dick Ishler, unknown, Fred Kissinger, Bob Lindsey, Charlie Hoff, Mark Bixby, Paul Allen, Bob Sprankle, Dub Vroman, George McGeary, unknown, unknown, unknown, Skip Heckendorn, unknown, Fred Benner and John Davidson.

Third row, from left: unknown, unknown, unknown, Jerry Slagle, Merl Wood, Stu Bishoff, John Barone, Jerry Wettstone, Bob Verick, Terry Slagle, Terry Weaver, Bart Rusk, unknown, Steve Hensch, Phil Gill, unknown, John Wehrum, Bill Overlock, Dave Reissinger, Bob Rutherford, unknown, Bill Stanley, All Stoddard, Dick Robinson and unknown.

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 or directly to Photo Editor Laurie Jones at ljones2@centredaily .com. Provide as much information as you can. All photos in the weekly series are placed in a “Share our Heritage” gallery at If you have any questions about this series, Jones can be reached at 231-6461.