CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

November 18, 2012

A Record for the Most Santa Hats on Two Continents Simultaneously

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

RECORD FOR THE MOST SANTA HATS ON TWO CONTINENTS SIMULTANEOUSLY

BROCTON, MA. & MULLINGAR, IRELAND

QUESTION:

What have Brockton, Massachusetts and Mullingar, Ireland had in common?

ANSWER:

A competition to see which community can gather the most people together wearing Santa hats.

THE COMPETITION STARTS IN 2009

In 2008 Brocktonians gathered together to set a world record for the most people wearing Santa hats. Over 500 persons participated.

The following year the Irish Echo reported that Mullingar had joined in on the fun and broken Brockton’s record with a gathering of 780 persons.

The competition was on. In 2010 Brocton reclaimed its record with 982 participants, and maintained the record in 2011 with 1780 participants. This year the two communities are collaborating rather than competing. They aim to set a world record for the most simultaneous Santa hat wearers on two continents. Readers can view a live simulcast with a CLICK HERE FOR LIVE SIMULCAST at 1:00 p. m. today, November 18, 2012.

NOTE: If you live in Ireland click on the site at 6:00 p. m.1

PERSONAL NOTE

I must confess that even though the competition turned into a collaboration intrigues me, I have an ulterior interest in Brocton. My father, Robert William Cornell, was born and raised on Cross Street in that city.

My husband Monte and I visit the community when we travel through New England.

In 2003 Monte and I raced a storm and reached Brocton a half hour before the mid-February blizzard. We were there for the funeral of my aunt, Nyllis Gardner.

On another note:

QUESTION:

What do Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania and Brocton, Massachusetts have in common?

ANSWER:

Mary Rugh Cubbage Cornell, the granddaughter of Michael Rugh, one of the original pioneer settlers in Westmoreland County (my home county), married Broctonian Irving Cornell and lived out her post-marriage life in Brocton.

Let me explain. Michael and Elizabeth Rugh’s daughter Elizabeth migrated to Iowa and Illinois in the mid-1800s. She wed William Cubbage. Mary, one of their daughters, when grown, took a vacation to San Francisco, California. While there she shopped for a pair of shoes. At the shoe store she met a shoe distributor from Massachusetts, Irving Cornell. It must have been love at first sight, because they married and moved to his hometown, Brocton. Mary is buried in Coweeset Cemetery.

One of Mary and Irving Cornell’s three children, William Cornell, wed Ida Victoria Berg. One of their children, Robert William Cornell, is my father. That makes Mary my great-grandmother.

When my husband and I retired we decided to move into the Westmoreland County (PA) community where my daughter lived, the very same county where Mary’s grandfather Michael was born and raised.

So I’ve brought the circle to a close by returning to the ancestral roots Mary Rugh brought to the Brocton Cornell family.

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