Historical Headlines – May 16

5/16/1968 – Armstrong County Community Action Agency received $16,500 grant for Homemaker Service. Director Robert Fry said the intent of the program is to provide a service to a home where there is a special need through the use of a woman trained to care for the children temporarily if the mother, for any reason, cannot do so. The program will hire and train four women at a salary of $280 per month for low income families. Also included would be two or more women who would be trained for middle income families. Payment arrangement would be between the homemaker and the families.

5/16/1968 – Carl A. White, 69, lifelong outdoorsman and resident of Armstrong County, has been appointed commissioner of the Southwest Division of the Pennsylvania State Game Commission. His term will be eight years. He lives in Kiski Township and served the Post Office Department for 38 years.

5/16/1968 – Mrs. Josephine Dunmire, 42, of Pattonville was taken to Armstrong County Memorial Hospital after being struck by an automobile near the Farmer’s Bank on North Jefferson Street as she left the side entrance of the bank at 11AM today. Kittanning patrolman Thomas Crissman said she was struck by a car driven by Alice George, 38, of Kittanning RD2. Mrs. Dunmire received X-rays to determine the extent of injuries and reportedly told hospital officials that she was suffering pain in her back and hip. Ms. George was treated for shock.

5/16/1968 – Blaney’s Dairy Queen was advertising 30 varieties of milk shakes for 24-cents each.

5/16/1968 – David Setmire, 15, of Greensburg was killed today when he fell from a roller coaster at Kennywood during the annual Hempfield High School picnic. He fell from a slope of about 10 feet high on the Thunderbolt. Park authorities said this is the first fatality at the park in 25 years.

5/16/1968 – New officers were chosen for the Kittanning Woman’s Club: Mrs. Harry Niceley, recording secretary; Mrs. Darl Procious, first vice-president; Mrs. Lester Swink, president; Mrs. Roger Stone, second vice-president; Mrs. Joseph Fabian, assistant treasurer; Mrs. Russell McConnell, treasurer; Mrs. Theodore Roessing, corresponding secretary; Mrs. William Moesta, publicity chairman; Mrs. Earle Speice, historian. Installation was held at the Kittanning Country Club.

5/16/1963 – Samuel J. Thompson, son of Mr. & Mrs. Samuel L. Thompson of Ford City, is serving as a machinist’s mate third class aboard the aircraft carrier USS Kearsarge, which recovered Astronaut L. Gordon Cooper today after his 11-orbit space flight.

5/16/1963 – Miss Barbara Atchison of Freeport, a sophomore at Geneva College, will spend her junior year abroad at the University of Grenoble, France.

5/16/1958 – The local Salvation Army reported that they served an average of 768 persons per week, for a total of 39,947 persons in 1957.

5/16/1958 – Thomas M. Benner of Ford City was given the coveted “Brace-For-An-Ace” award for outstanding volunteer service to the Armstrong County Society for Crippled Children and Adults.

5/16/1958 – Robert Young and Marilyn Turko were chosen through scholarship to be valedictorian and salutatorian respectively of the 1958 Senior Class of Ford City High School according to Principal Raymond E. Miller.

5/16/1953 – Open house will be held at the new rectory of Holy Trinity parish, 6th Avenue, Ford City. Father Matthew A. Yanosek is the church pastor.

5/16/1953 – An eight-room frame house was destroyed by fire at Stewardson Furnace when fumes from spilled gasoline ignited from the flame of a natural gas refrigerator. The fire left Mr. & Mrs. Louis Drohn homeless, their dollar loss probably in excess of $15,000.

5/16/1938 – Reports of fruit and vegetable crop damage from the frost of last week confirmed rumors. Apples throughout the county have been apparently badly “cooked” while most other fruit crops were also frozen.

5/16/1938 – The highways of Armstrong County claimed another victim. Death came to Kenneth Klingensmith, 25, of Kelly Station RD2 in Armstrong County Memorial Hospital, where he was being treated for a fractured spine received in a collision of his grain binder and an automobile.

5/16/1933 – Eggs were selling for 11 cents a dozen and butter for ten cents a pound on the wholesale market today.

5/16/1933 – Donations of more than $150 were received at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital as the institution joined in observance of National Hospital Day.

5/16/1928 – R. D. Welch, superintendent of Ford City schools for the past 14 years, has resigned to accept a similar position at Kane.

5/16/1928 – One hundred-three students in the music department of Kittanning High School will go to Clarion to take part in the annual music contest.