Historical Headlines – April 16

4/16/1968 – The venue of the Kittanning Town Council had to be changed last night from Council Chambers to the basement of the Kittanning Telephone Company. The special meeting was with Senator Albert Pechan and Secretary of Highways Robert Bartlett to discuss the proposed high level bridge. A large crowd was expected.

4/16/1968 – Over a thousand children and their parents participated in a spirited rush in the annual Easter egg hunt for Freeport area folks at Freeport Community Park, sponsored by the Freeport Lions. William Dale, who was in charge of Lions program, said 120 dozen of poultry eggs and 80 dozen of chocolate eggs were hidden. Cash prizes totally $85 were provided for finding of specially marked eggs. Free train rides were given to all the children and their parents with Clyde Leri at the throttle of the locomotive on its three-mile run around community park.

4/16/1968 – The State Department of Community Affairs approved a municipal bond for $36,000 for Rural Valley Borough to erect and construct a new pump house building for the improvement and rehabilitation of the water system owned by the Borough. The bonds will mature annually in the amount of $2,000 plus four percent interest from April 1969 through 1987.

4/16.1963 – Harry Lurie, long time Kittanning merchant, died unexpectedly yesterday at the age of 82. Mr. Lurie came to Kittanning in 1911 and had been in the grocery business here for 52 years.

4/16/1958 – A series of fires was topped off by a $3,000 blaze at an old gas well owned by People’s Natural Gas Co near Blaney’s Crossroads.

4/16/1958 – Four district men are among the 54 new state policemen who will be given diplomas by Governor George M. Leader upon their graduation from the State Police Training School at Hershey. They are: John T. Minarcin of Ford City, Paul J. Sita of East Brady, Edward Walkiewiz of Tarentum, and Clifford D. Lightner of Vandergrift.

4/16/1958 – Ford Memorial Methodist Church will celebrate its 70th anniversary with services and an evening support for all former members, area ministers and their wives.

4/16/1953 – The seven district-members of the Kittanning Area Secondary School System were requested to adopt resolutions approving the overall high school building and remodeling program now in planning stages here.

4/16/1953 – Groundwork was laid for organization of a Junior Chamber of Commerce in the Kittanning area.

4/16/1948 – Miners return at Cadogan Mohican Mine. Production resumed at all Pits in UMW Territory 8. Yatesboro and Sagamore operations remain down while minors watch trial.

4/16/1948 – Donald P. Flick of Kittanning High School won the Armstrong County public speaking contest held at Ford City High School auditorium.

4/16/1943 – The possibility of a Kittanning-Ford City airport is looming. The Chamber of Commerce has the project listed as one for immediate action.

4/16/1938 – Fifty tiny tots from 20 months to five years of age toddled and twittered in an experimental nursery school class which opened in the Kittanning Central School building. Miss Nelda Barker, instructor in Home Economics, is in charge of school organization in connection with the children development course of study for Kittanning High senior class girls.

4/16/1938 – Nearly 700 subscribers of Kittanning Telephone Company experienced disruption of service during the freak sleet storm of last week. A week more of rapid remantling by crews sent out by the company will be necessary before service is completely restored.

4/16/1933 – Preliminary work for proposed bridge construction over Redbank Creek between New Bethlehem and South Bethlehem is nearing completion. It is expected that work will be started in early May.