No. 5 MAP 2015.

143 A.3d 358 (2016)

HERDER SPRING HUNTING CLUB, Appellee, v. Harry KELLER and Anna Keller, his Wife; J. Orvis Keller; Ellis O. Keller; Henry Harry Keller; William H. Keller; Mary Egolf; John Keller; Harry Keller; Anna Bullock; Allen Egolf; Martin Egolf; Mary Lynn Cox; Robert Egolf; Nathan Egolf; Robert S. Keller; Betty Bunnell; Ann K. Butler; Marguerite Tose; Henry Parker Keller; Penny Archibald; Heidi Sue Hutchison; Rebecca Smith; Alexandra Niles Calabrese; Corrine Graham Fisherman; Jennifer Layton Manrique; David Keller; Stephen Richard Keller; Michael Egolf, their Heirs, Successors, Executors, Administrators, and assigns, as well as any other person, party or entity, Appellants.

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

Submitted January 20, 2016.

Decided July 19, 2016.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Robert Lee Hicks Jr. , Andew Lee Noble , David Glenn Oberdick , Meyer, Unkovic & Scott, L.L.P., Pittsburgh, Brian Keith Marshall , Campbell, Miller, Williams, Benson, Etter & Consiglio, Inc., State College, Laurinda Jo Voelcker , Remit Corp., for Harry Keller and Anna Keller, et al., Appellants.

David Charles Mason , Mason Law Office, for Herder Spring Hunting Club, Philipsburg, Appellee.

Mark Carlyle Baldwin , Pa. Dept. of Conservation & Nat. Resources (DCNR), for Pa. Dept. of Conservation & Nat. Resources, Amicus Curiae.

Robert L. Byer , Duane Morris LLP, Pittsburgh, for Trustees of the Thomas E. Proctor Heirs Trust, Amicus Curiae.

Jeffrey J. Malak , Chariton, Schwager & Malak, for SWN Production Co., LLC, Willkes Barre, Amicus Curiae.

Andrew Duncan Sims , Harris Finley & Bogle PC, Ft. Worth, TX, for Range Resources-Appalachia, LLC, Amicus Curiae.

Paul Keidel Stockman , McGuireWoods LLP, for Hoyt Realty, LLC, Thorne Heritage Resources, LLC, Trustees of the Margaret O.F. Proctor Trust, Trustees of the Thomas E. Proctor Heirs Trust, Pittsburgh, Amicus Curiae.

David R. Overstreet , for Seneca Resources Corp., Pittsburgh, Amicus Curiae.



This case concerns the ownership of subsurface rights to a tract of land in Centre County. The parties' claims rise or fall based upon whether a 1935 tax sale resulted in the transfer of the entire property or merely the surface rights. After extensive review of the historical...

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