Historical Headlines – June 22

6/22/1968 – The Western Pennsylvania Methodist churches at their conference voted to fight a new state law granting aid to private and parochial schools. The 520 convention delegates questioned the constitutionality of the measure, first of its kind in the nation, and were unanimous in their opposition.

­6/22/1968 – Housing accommodations for approximately 150 male students who will be attending the Armstrong County Center of Indiana University of Pennsylvania in September are needed in the Kittanning area. Residents who are interested in renting rooms should contact the University Center as soon as possible. Students will be arriving in Kittanning during July to locate housing for the September term. All women are being housed in the center dorms.

6/22/1968 – Hospital reports show 12 Armstrong County residents were treated at the emergency room for injuries received in accidents. George Yount, 57, of Kittanning RD6 is listed in fair condition with a back injury suffered in a fall from a ladder. Lewis Cogley, 76, of Steim Hotel, Kittanning, is listed in satisfactory condition with burns on the back and right leg from his clothes catching fire from a welding torch. Helen Summerville, 49, of Leechburg RD1, injured her back, head, and chin in a fall. Sally Hogg, 14, of Kittanning RD7, suffered cuts on the lip when bitten by a dog. Donald Goodman, 30, of Worthington RD1, injured his right leg when it became wedged between two loads of pipe at work. David Harris, 14, of 532 Fair Street, Kittanning, cut on the left arm and hand when bitten by a dog. Wendell McLay, 5, of Cowansville RD1, suffered cuts on the back of the head when he fell from a bicycle. Lisa Zalocsik, 2, of Nu Mine, cut her head when she fell against a car. Edward Kuntz, 22, of Kittanning MR10, reportedly was cut on the left eyelid and right leg in an auto accident on Route 422. Barney Kuntz, 21, of Kittanning MR10, was cut above the left eye and was bruised on the face in an Rt. 422 auto accident. Linda Hutchinson, 18, of Ford City RD, was bruised on the left eye and hand in an auto accident.

6/22/1968 – Ella Toy, 55, of Worthington RD2, was hospitalized when her car collided with another vehicle at a blind intersection last evening, two miles north of Kittanning. Her auto mobile collided with one operated by Mitchell M. Lendyak, 39, of Cowansville RD1 at the intersection of Township Roads 459 and 416 at approximately 7:05 PM.

6/22/1963 – Melissa Delp from Worthington, a smiling, dark-haired high school student, will reign as Worthington Centennial Queen during next week’s festivities.

6/22/1963 – Richard Moffitt, assistant county superintendent of Armstrong County Schools, has been elected president of the County and District Superintendents Organization of Western Pennsylvania.

6/22/1953 – About 100 prizes valued at more than $2,500 will be given to persons attending the Ford City Community Picnic at Kennywood Park.

6/22/1953 – A 44-year-old Pennsylvania native, James F. McLaughlin, will become the new administrator of Armstrong County Memorial Hospital next month.

6/22/1948 – Miss Martha Mitchell was elected to fill the position of high school librarian at a meeting of Ford City Board of Education.

6/22/1948 – A fire in the basement of a medical laboratory and storeroom of Armstrong County Memorial Hospital filled hallways and rooms with heavy, grey smoke between 3:30 and 4:30 this morning. Damage was estimated at $5,000.

6/22/1943 – Early morning stillness in Armstrong County communities was shattered by sirens and whistles today as the State Defense Council held a state-wide air raid drill and blackout just before sunrise.

6/22/1943 – Some coal is still being mined, apparently, despite the nationwide work stoppage by the United Mine Workers of America.

6/22/1943 – Pfc. Joseph Barkowski, son of Mrs. Cecelia Barkowski, 1305 9th Avenue, Natrona, has died of disease in a Japanese prison camp in the Asiatic area, the War Department announced today.

6/22/1938 – Kittanning borough police and Burgess Jacob J. Maxeiner put out the annual fireworks warning today, reminding youngsters and grown-ups alike that a borough ordinance forbids the sale or shooting of fireworks within the borough.

6/22/1938 – Kittanning High School Boys Band, under leadership of James V. Colonna, delighted Kittanning music lovers at its first summer concert on the Elks Home lawn. Henry Hudson sang Victor Herbert’s “Gypsy Love Song” and “When You’re Away” accompanied by the band.

6/22/1933 – Harry G. Luker of North McKean Street, made known today that he will be a candidate for Justice of the Peace in Kittanning borough, subject to the decision of the Republican voters at the September 19 primaries.

6/22/1933 – Mrs. Susan Fiscus, 70, died Wednesday morning at her home in Washington Township.

6/22/1928 – The 31st annual convention of Allegheny River Improvement Association was held in the high school auditorium here today.

6/22/1928 – A rumor is circulating that the Pennsylvania Railroad station at Rimersburg will be closed.