Historical Headlines – April 2

Three men escaped from the Armstrong County Jail on April 2, 1968. 

4/2/1968 – A state-wide search in underway by State Police and Armstrong County Sheriff deputies for 3 inmates who escaped from the Armstrong County Jail early this morning. They are: Robert Manson, 26, held in connection with the armed burglary of a Leechburg finance company and burglary of the McConnell-Watterson store in Kittanning; Stanley Corbett, 19, held on an auto theft charge and listed as absent without leave from the Army; and Ellwood Burger, 39, wanted for burglary and larceny. According to deputy sheriff Chester Wisneski, the escapees were able to prevent the door to their cells from closing electronically and forced open a solid steel fire door on the second floor with a strong, sharp object. Sheriff Joseph Frick said he is conducting an investigation how the cell doors were kept from locking or what tool was used to open the fire door.

4/2/1968 – Robert G. Nolte, chairman of the newly created Kittanning Borough Parking Authority, appeared before Council to get $1,000 to help with organizational period until they can obtain some funds.  In other action: A 90-day option on the Allison property, South Water and Jacob streets, was taken for possible use as a municipal parking lot; the Borough agreed to promote the Emergency Operating Center by agreeing to pay a total of $4,774.05 (or 35 cents per persons doubly assessed) toward the operation and maintenance of the Center; Norman Karp of 136 Vine Street appeared before Council asking that a house at 134 Vine Street be torn down since it is unsafe; and Solicitor David Suckling said he contacted the owner of an abandoned house at the rear of 335 Jacob Street to see if she would agree to pay an amount not to exceed $200 to have the borough employees tear the building down.

4/2/1958 – Ford City Police Chief Patrick Nelson Reminded that shooting of air rifles in the borough is banned by law.  Also, a horse show is booked for Kittanning on July 27 – the first such show here in about six years.

4/2/1953 – Directors of Kittanning’s two school jointures met to look at tentative budget figures that set costs of running the schools next year at over $250,000. Also, Bob Slankiewicz, a Ford City High School basketball player, received another honor when the Associated Press placed him on the fifth team of its Class A All-State selection.

4/2/1943 – Jean Marie Williams, a 15-year-old Kittanning High School freshman, was hurt when struck by an automobile seconds after getting off her school bus.

4/2/1943 – Kittanning today lost one of its most beloved and respected citizens in the death of Harry Reynolds.

4/2/1928 – A children’s swimming pool in the town park will be proposed before Ford City Council.