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encompassing parts of Westmoreland,
Fayette, and Somerset Counties in
Southwestern Pennsylvania

Chestnut Ridge Historical Society Inc. 1698 State Route 711, P.O. Box 242
Stahlstown, PA 15687
- Office: 724-593-3102

Join us at Our Monthly Meeting on the third Tuesday of each month, at 7pm!
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Acme Community Day on August 6th!

A Fun Day for All

CRHS will be participating in
Acme Community Day on August 6th
at the Methodist Church
on Route 31 in Acme!

James has many stories of local
family history and many details!

Attention Members!

Attend our August 16th Meeting
(click here for meeting details)

Our CRHS Member James Kunkle will be
speaking about the Civil War Soldiers
that were raised in Donegal, Cook,
and Ligonier area in 1862

As Always, the Public is Welcome to Attend!

Does anyone have a FIRST EDITION
Chestnut Ridge Historical Society THROW
from many years ago?
The First Edition THROW portrayed
Brown's Store, Plank Road School,
County Line Church, Sparks Supply, etc.
Seeking Original Throw issued for sale by CRHS

CRHS is requesting that anyone who has
to please contact us. If those Original Version
CRHS Throws (now second-hand) would be
available to CRHS, it would be appreciated.
CRHS has had several requests
for second-hand throws.
Seeking Original Throw issued for sale by CRHS

James' Story Corner
...sharing Extraordinary Bits of History
of Local Families!

James G. Kunkle, Local Historian

The Story of Elmer Monticue during the Mexican Excursion 1916


Most readers probably know that the 28th Division Pennsylvania National, Guard was called to Federal Service and joined the AEF in France.. The US had remained neutral from the beginning of WWI in 1914, but declared war on Germany April 2, 1917 due to German U-Boats sinking American Ships. Few might know of a military excursion prior to WWI know as the “Mexican Campaign”

In 1976, Grub Monticue asked me to take his to see an old Army buddy from the Great War, William Logan “Cap” Hofelt. Cap was the grandson of Captain William Logan of Company C 84th Regiment Civil War.

He was in the 28th Division as well but was attached to the Cavalry Regiment. We arrived at Jones Mills and found Cap in bed attended to by a nurse. Grub told him to wake up, it was Grub Monticue and he was here to see his old comrade from the war. Cap got up and went to the table and those two old soldiers talked about the war all afternoon.
They talked about being down on the border and how the Cavalry and Motorized units entered Mexico and chased Poncho Villa all around the northern country. I asked Grub if he ever saw Poncho Villa and he said there was once they thought they saw him and his rebels and when they did, every one in the unit emptied their weapons as they vanished into the desert and mountains. They chased Poncho Villa around for 9 months and finally when the US declared war on Germany, they withdrew. Grub and Cap also talked about WWI and how the 28th Division was first placed under the command of the French. This did not last long because the French used their soldiers as cannon fodder. One day one of the Pennsylvania sharp shooters ended the command of the French Officer (no one could prove it) and after that they were with the AEF. Grub told me that they had an idea who done the deed and that they all owed him not only a favor but their lives.
Not long after that Cap Hofelt passed away 17 Jan 1977. Don Hoffer and I continued to take Pap Grub to the Veteran’s Day dinners and he would always tell us about the Battle of Chatteau Thierry. He received Medals from General Pershing for this one, but as a result of the trench warfare, he was exposed to Mustard Gas. His old comrade, General Jimmy Gallagher, help him get his pension. Jimmy Gallagher was a soldier in Grub’s unit when as the Sergeant, Grub and his men captured a strategic machine gun position. Grub said when the Germans were trying to cross the river at Chateau Thierry, the artillery had zeroed in and the German Army units were decimated. Pap Grub died 11 Jul 1978. The cough from the gas attack haunted him for 60 years. On the bright side Pap Grub had a penchant for a shot of whiskey now and again, and as he put it, it helped him breathe. I remember that visit that day and how Grub told Cap he would see him next time. The next time the bugle called it was not reveille or boots and saddles....it was taps

Chestnut Ridge Historical Society
Bus Trip on November 10th!

Only $100.00 per person

Day Trip to the American Music Theatre
in Lancaster County, PA!

Bus Leaves Peeble's Parking Lot
in Mt. Pleasant at 7:45am, and the
Donegal Community Center at 8:00am

Call for Reservations!

724-593-2497 - Reservations - Tom Dix
or 724-423-3802 - Gerry Marks
Checks made Payable to "Tom Dix"

In November!
Join Us for Another
Great Bus Trip!

We will be seeing the
stage production of
"Winter Wonderland" at the
American Music Theater.

Price includes Show, Dinner,
& Bus Fare.

Dinner will be at Hershey Farms.
Breakfast and lunch on your own
Note: we may have time to shop at
one of the outlets in Lancaster

All of this for only $100.00

  This bus will fill up fast.....

More Details to Follow....

  • Passengers from our last trip were so pleased that many of them have signed up for this trip already!

  • The bus is filling up fast, so call your reservation in to Tom at 724-593-2497  or Gerry at 724-423-3802
  • Payment may be mailed to Tom Dix,  3913 State Route 31, Jones Mills, PA 15646

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Open Saturday: 10am to 2pm
Wednesday: 11:00am to 3:00pm

CRHS Cook Book
Only $10.00!

Our CRHS Cook Book
is now available
for only $10.00!

It is plum full of great recipes
from our members.
Pick up your copy at the center
on Wednesdays or Saturdays
at a cost of only $10.

These CookBooks make great gifts too.

Great Gift!
Give this Great Cookbook!

Thank all of you for your great response
regarding this great CRHS project!

CRHS Throw with
Historical Throw Companion Booklet

(Reg. $27.50) NOW Only $25.00
(Limited choice of colors)

Click to see enlarged image!

CRHS Throw with Historical Throw Companion Booklet: Softcover 31 page booklet containing
a brief history of the illustrations depicted
on the throw.

This beautiful heirloom throw was designed and commissioned by the Chestnut Ridge Historical Society. Woven with pride in the United States by Mill Creek Design from We Love Country Inc., the two-layered, 100 percent cotton Jacquard is color-fast and preshrunk. Measuring approximately 50 inches by 70 inches, the throw is fringed on all four sides and is machine washable.

The 14 illustrations provide but a brief glimpse of the historical richness of the area that we of the Chestnut Ridge Historical Society are dedicated to preserve.

Many Thanks to Our CRHS Business Members
who support our Chestnut Ridge Historical Society!

We appreciate your memberships and your offered resources.

Brady's Restaurant

Champion Lumber Company Inc.

Charles Z. Keslar Agency Inc.

Connie Dennison, Tax Preparer

David W. Sadler  Erie Insurance Agency

Donegal Auto Body

Donegal Dairy Queen

Foggy Mountain Lodge & Restaurant

Gearhart Electrical Contractors

Harbor Inn Restaurant

Highlands Heating Inc.

Jerry Temple Tire & Auto Services

King & Guiddy Law Office

Laurel Highland Total Communciation Inc.

Laurel Valley Hardware Inc.

Loyalhanna Veterinary Clinic Inc.

Main Street Wine Bar

Old General Store

S&S Communications Service Inc.

Sarnelli's Corner Market

Shari Bukovac Bookeeping

Somerset Trust Bank

The Country Pie Shoppe

Whispering Pines Antiques


Of the 67 Counties of the
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,
we maintain historical data for
part of the Southwestern Region

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Our CRHS Newsletter,
"Down Memory Lane", is now available!
Newsletters are available at the Office, or if you
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Our Mission
The Chestnut Ridge Historical Society is dedicated to
collecting and preserving the oral and written history and
artifacts of a portion of the Laurel Mountains that is
known as the Chestnut Ridge!

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