Historical Headlines – April 20

4/20/1968 – The emergency operating center which will serve middle Armstrong County communities is expected to go into operation July 15. Kittanning councilman Gerald Shuster and county Civil Defense director Bernie Bowser announced the target date to the Kittanning-Ford City Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon. The project will be financed initially through support of Kittanning and Ford City Boroughs which will pay 85 cents per capita and Manor Township, which will pay 40 cents per capita per year. Twenty-one other sub-divisions will contribute 20 cents per capita. Shuster said a $7,000 allocation for purchase of equipment will come from the county, but the county is apparently not permitted under existing laws to contribute toward the operating support of the project. Space will be provided in a room at the courthouse originally designed for that use. The cost of operation is expected to be in excess of $13, 000 per year. Efforts to establish the system were started two years ago by firemen and Civil Defense volunteers.

4/20/1968 – Officers were elected during a meeting of Rayburn Township Parent-Teacher Association held at Spaces Corners Elementary School. They are: Mrs. Fulmer Karns, president; Mrs. John Titus, vice-president; Mrs. James Mechling, second vice-president; Mrs. David Brink, secretary; and Mrs. Larry Crytzer, treasurer. The sixth grade, taught by Mrs. Richard Brown, won the room award for having the most parents present.

4/20/1968 – It was announced Pamela Painter and Arnold Toy, both seniors at Worthington High School, will participate in the Regional Band concert at Franklin Area High School on April 25-26. A clarinet player, Pamela is the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Dan Painter of Garin Street, Worthington. Arnold is a trombone player and is the son of Mr. & Mrs. Charles A. Toy of Worthington RD2. He will leave for basic training at Ft. Jackson, SC. He will then join the 158th Army Band at Fort Knox, KY. ­

4/20/1953 – Shirley McAfoose, valedictorian and Patricia McComas, salutatorian, were announced as the top honor students in the 1953 graduating class at Kittanning High School.

4/20/1948 – Madilyn Long, five-year-old daughter of Mr. & Mrs. D. H. Long of 106 Northern Avenue, West Kittanning, was being examined in Armstrong County Memorial Hospital for injuries suffered when she was hit by a car on Orr Avenue.

4/20/1948 – The body of S-Sgt. Robert H. Shaffer, who met death while serving with the United States Army during the invasion of Southern France on August 15, 1944, arrived by train in Kittanning and was taken to the home of his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Harry Shaffer.

4/20/1943 – Early dismissal of junior and senior high school pupils was started in Kittanning this week to enable student victory gardeners to devote more time to their vegetable plots.

4/20/1938 – “Jackie”, four-year-old son of Mr. & Mrs. Dave Phillips of New Bethlehem, died at the family home in the Bittner apartments, 45 minutes after falling 30 feet from a banister leading to the second floor porch of his home.

4/20/1938 – “The Front Page” satirical drama was presented by the Kittanning Players in the Kittanning High School Auditorium. The last performance takes place tonight. The cast includes William Stover, Latel Lias, William Hoover, William Rush, J. Walter Barnes, Howard Daniels, Sara Jame Lipser, Paul Zimmer, Alene Fleming, Argida Menna, K. Ben Schotte, Audrey Turner, Margaret McCarthy, Edward Milliron, Lawrence Henry, Thomas Turner, Edward M. Cree, J. Staley Feicht, Joseph Dentici and George Orr.

4/20/1928 – It was announced that dedication of the new St. Johns Lutheran Church at Ford City will take place May 13.

4/20/1928 – Kittanning High School opened its baseball season by defeating Rimersburg Union High School, 28-11.