History of Kelly's Korner
Over the past 75 years, Kelly's Korner has been a local landmark for the residents of Huntingdon County. During this time, Kelly's Korner has acquired a great history. Before 1923, Harry W. Wagner owned the property. Mr. Wagner sold the property to Luis Saltzman in September of 1928 and made the property commercial by opening a filling station and eating establishment.
John J. Kelly and his wife Martha N. Kelly purchased the establishment from Mr. Thompson in 1929. The Kelly family upgraded the business by adding the extended roof, modern gas pumps and erecting the sign. The photographs in Kelly's foyer show several different views of the restaurant over the years. John and Martha had the sign painted that was on the roof. Imagine the painter's surprise upon learning that there was not a second "e" in Kelly's. John Kelly was an avid big game hunter and for many years his trophies were displayed in glass cases at the business. An advertisement published in 1948, mentions Kelly's famous Bar-B-Q sandwiches. At this time, there was not any liquor or beer sold at Kelly's.