Historical Headlines – May 18

5/18/1968 – The Reverend James Francis Petrovsky, son of Mr. & Mrs. Frank M. Petrovsky of 811 Seventh Avenue, Ford City, will be ordained to the priesthood today at 10AM at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Greensburg. His Excellency the Most Reverend William G. Connare, Bishop of the Greensburg Diocese, will perform the ceremony. Father Petrovsky will offer his First Solemn Mass at 1PM tomorrow (Sunday) at Holy Trinity Church.

5/18/1968 – Mrs. Zella West, executive director of the Armstrong County Chapter of the American Red Cross, told their board of directors last night that the Chapter needs $7,000 at once to meet its financial quota. The blood collections have also been below quota for some time. West said they are in danger of losing the Armstrong Chapter. The Chapter was chartered on April 26, 1917 by President Woodrow Wilson. A National Red Cross representative will visit next week to look into the matter. Local individuals elected to the board include: Mrs. Bernadine Atwood and Joseph B. Frick of Kittanning; Edward Tirpak of Kittanning RD4; Miss Elizabeth Amsler of Parker; Mrs. Phyllis Hile of Bradys Bend; Rev. P. Lino-Ramellini of East Brady RD1; William Richardson of Manorville; Angelo J. Mantini and Frank Swast of Ford City; Alvin Hooks of Adrian RD1; Mr & Mrs. Paul Waugaman, Mr & Mrs. H. Dale Hawk, Mr. & Mrs. Earl Frelino, and Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Quartaro – all of Leechburg. George Capone will serve as chairman; Edward Berringer, first vice-chairman; Bruno Cataldi, second vice-chairman; Louise Hogan, third vice-chairman; Margaret McKee, secretary; and Rebecca Srader, treasurer.

5/18/1968 – Seventeen years after going underground, the cicadas (better known as the 17-year locust) returns this spring to Armstrong County.

5/18/1968 – Kittanning Rotarians this weekend are hosting seven Australian men who are visiting the United States for ten weeks under the Rotary group study exchange program. They represent professions of farming, law, accounting, sales, and radio broadcasting.

5/18/1968 – An all-music program is scheduled for the First Church of God on Woodward Avenue. Taking part will be: Janice Mills, Tara Nichols, Patty Corbett, Cindy Snyder, Helen Kay Hutchinson, Hope Hutchinson, Sandi Vensel, Mrs. Arthur Mills, Mrs. William Kropp, Mis Jane Patton, Mrs. Ralph Trithart, Mrs. William Fennell, Mrs. Jack Vensel, Mrs. Zane Crosby, Mrs. Clair Graffius, Mrs. Wayne Steffey, Miss Jane Graffius, Denny Kough, Cliff Klugh, Dale Zellefrow, Randy Rumbarger, Rick Watt, Arthur Mills, Roy Mills, Cliff Hough, William Kropp, Raymond Troutman, DuWayne Nichols, John Snyder, and Jack Tatsak.

5/18/1963 – Harry C. Golden, 82, a descendant of a pioneer Kittanning family and an attorney here for more than 50 years, died yesterday after a long illness.

5/18/1953 – Alvin Murtland of Chicora RD2 was killed while enroute home after completing his work at the Applewold plant of Linde Air Products Company. The accident occurred at 1AM when his car went out of control on Route 268, a mile north of Cowansville.

5/18/1953 – The Reverend Wesley Dixon, pastor of First Baptist Church here for the past four years, will leave early in June for the new community of Levittown, where he will organize and build a church.

5/18/1948 Р214 members of the senior class of Kittanning High School will comprise the 1948 graduating class.  Dayton announced it will award 43 diplomas.

5/18/1948 – The Market Street building formerly occupied by the National Kittanning Bank, which became the property of the Safe Deposit and Title Guaranty Company upon the merger of those two institutions in 1947, has been sold to McHenry and Painter, insurance and real estate dealers.

5/18/1943 – Headline: Boys Score Parade Hit with “Hitler” in Noose – Allied Victory in Tunisia Celebrated Monday in a March and Street Dance.

5/18/1943 – Nine carloads of potatoes, the largest haul in many a week, were available to Pittsburgh housewives in what the Office of Price Administration called “the beginning of the end of the potato shortage.”

5/18/1943 – A tool shed at Furnace Run was destroyed by fire, and the roof and chimney of a Kittanning residence were damaged by lightning during a storm that lashed the district shortly after 4AM.

5/18/1938 – Frank¬† J. Atkins and H. G. Gates, Republicans and Ward McCullough and John R. Walker, Democrats, won party nominations to the two available state assembly seats in Armstrong County’s spring primary election yesterday.

5/18/1938 – The second no-hit game of Les Hooks gave Kittanning High School a 4-0 victory over Bell Township in a play-off that earned for the Red and White warriors the title of Section 7 championships in a game on the Freeport field.

5/18/1933 – Equipment for the banquet hall of the Alexander Hotel has been received and is being put in place.

5/18/1933 – Appearance of the lawn in front of Armstrong County courthouse has been improved during the past week by garden work completed by the caretaker of the building grounds.

5/18/1927 – The Gentry Brothers Circus showed in Kittanning yesterday. A lion valued at $800 died while the circus was here.