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Share our heritage | W. Franklin McClellan

W. Franklin McClellan receives a plaque from Philip Adams of State College, outgoing president of the Pennsylvania Association for Safety Education.
W. Franklin McClellan receives a plaque from Philip Adams of State College, outgoing president of the Pennsylvania Association for Safety Education. Photo provided

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 photos are from Jane Armes, of State College, daughter of W. Franklin McClellan.

Armes wrote about McClellan, who owned a Chevrolet dealership in the area from 1928 until the mid-1960s. Driver training in the United States began in State College in 1936, and McClellan provided cars to the program free for 30 years.

In one photo, McClellan is giving car keys to an unidentified driver. Also in the photo is Ernest Gackenbach, who managed the program in State College at that time.

The second photo shows McClellan receiving a plaque from Philip Adams, of State College, outgoing president of the Pennsylvania Association for Safety Education. McClellan was honored by the association for providing the free loan of cars for driving education programs for 30 years, beginning in 1936 and continuing until he gave up his new car franchise.

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

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