Historical Headlines – July 10

7/10/1968 – Plans for a proposed parking lot for Apollo Plaza shopping complex are back in the hands of the Armstrong County Redevelopment Authority for revision. Apollo Borough Council decided that it wanted revisions to the plans to allow for more parking before it would give final approval. Council wanted the front of the post office to be made smaller and that 10 feet be added to the south side of North Second Street for more parking. Armitage’s Market and Sloan Store would be acquired to allow for a more compatible redevelopment project.

7/10/1968 – Kittanning Hose companies will each choose a queen tomorrow at Hose Company #1 firehall on South Jefferson Street to serve as local entries in this year’s Western Pennsylvania Firemen’s Convention beauty contest. The elected queen will reign over the firemen’s 75th annual convention to be held in Kittanning August 11-16.

7/10/1968 – The exterior of the 60-unit senior citizen housing project in Leechburg is half-completed now with the top portion expected to be finished soon. Cost of total construction will run $890,873. Louis Carion and Son of Leechburg, general contractor, expects to complete work in October. ­­

7/10/1968 – Ford City Borough proposed utility rates are expected to increase water revenue by $44,000 per year. Revenue is expected to help pay for a $750,000 renovation of the borough’s water system in future years. Renovation of the filtration plant has already started. Average water rates will increase by $1.50 and sewage rates by $2.

7/10/1963 – Ronald Reed, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Reed of Harrison St West Kittanning, will appear in 2 minor roles in this week’s production at the White Barn Theatre on Route 30 near Irwin.

7/10/1963 – Operating Committee of Kittanning Area Secondary System is disposing of 23 old typing desks for $2 a desk- and indications are they won’t last long.

7/10/1958 – Ford City- An investment banking firm and a bond counsel one were retained by Ford City Borough Municipal Sewage Disposal Authority during a monthly meeting in the Town Council room in the borough building. The firm of Singer, Deane, and Scribner, with principal offices in Pittsburgh was retained as the investment banking firm, whilst the one of Burguin Ruffin. Perry Pohl, also of Pittsburgh was hired as bond counselors.

7/10/1958 – Armstrong County Republican leaders completed plans for welcoming statewide office candidates here and at Freeport tomorrow.

7/10/1953 – A spokesman for Mahoning Stores Incorporated today announced plans are being made to construct a new building at Yatesboro, to replace one destroyed early yesterday morning by a raging fire.

7/10/1953 – Worthington- Aluminum Ladder Company here still was strikebound today as reps of the company and United Steelworkers of America (CIO) failed to agree on contract terms at a meeting with a Federal mediator.

7/10/1948 – School survey report sharply critical of plant and facilities. Central building is rated good. Land purchase for new structure advised.

7/10/1948 – It is expected that ground will be broken Monday for a new church building to be built at Woodward Ave and Chestnut St by the First Church of God. The congregation now occupies a building farther north on Woodward Ave.

7/10/1948 – 15 truckers were arrested by State Police yesterday for driving overloaded trucks in various parts of Armstrong County.

7/10/1943 – Allied Headquarters, North Africa- The UN opened the battle of Europe today by sending powerful invasion forces swarming onto the beaches of Sicily. The first eyewitness report said a bombardment by Allied warships had “started a chain of smoke and flames” stretching for 10 miles into the island.

7/10/1943 – The War Dept today revealed the names of 336 American soldiers, including Pfc. Isaac B Hagins of Freeport, who are held as POWs by Japan.

7/10/1933 – Forms for collection of the domestic wheat tax to be collected from all retailers handling produce made partly or wholly from wheat, are in the hands of such retailers today. Payment will not be necessary until after 7 August.

7/10/1933 – Large crowds gathered early Saturday afternoon and swarmed about Oak Ave and the Elk Brewing Company plant during a greater part of the afternoon whilst the owners and employees of the plant held “open house” for Kittanning residents.

7/10/1928 – Lightning on Monday killed Kenneth Townsend, 24, and a team of horses he was driving in a hay field on the Townsend farm in Kiskiminetas Twp.

7/10/1928 – Harry H Pettigrew, 46 yr old employee of Freeport, died in the hospital from injuries received when his head struck a girder under a bridge.