Historical Headlines – July 17

7/17/1968 – The Kittanning Borough Parking Authority in a special meeting last night awarded a contract in the amount of $200 for demolition of the Allison property to John C. Dowling of Kittanning RD3. Graham Inc. of Kittanning bid $2,530 and Parkway Excavating Co. Of Dubois bid $1,370. The two-story brick house is at South Water and Jacob Street. The property will become a 30-car municipal parking lot.

7/17/1968 – Another season of Dollar Days has rolled around at Kittanning. The town Merchants Association said the sales promotion was undertaken to help store people make room for fall merchandise. They promised an array of bargains, particularly on summer items which they would prefer not to carry over for another year.

7/17/1968 – The Sheltered Workshop of Armstrong County filed an application for a charter as a non-profit corporation in the Armstrong County Prothonotary’s Office. The purpose of the organization is “to provide training facilities for mentally retarded persons of Armstrong County…” The application was signed by Reverend Norman Conway, James Ellermeyer, Jr., David Elliott, Robert Esler, Kathleen Gardner, C. Eugene Hampton, Walter E. Kijowski, Francis H. McCabe, June Rosenson, Francis Sheckler, Dr. C. B. Slease, Corbin Wyant, Wilbur Yingst, William H. Claypoole, Frances Walker, and attorney James Callas.

7/17/1968 – Armstrong County Judge J. Frank Graff sentenced Thomas Klimkowicz of 502-4th Ave., Ford City to 20 days in the Armstrong County Jail on a charge of corrupting the morals of children. The defendant on June 6 furnished beer to minors in Manor Township.

7/17/1968 – A delay in construction of a new road behind the Apollo Plaza was caused by a long-forgotten canal. The relocation of Route 56-66 ran into a snag when it was discovered that surface below the road was unsuitable for a roadbed. Earth beneath the proposed roadway was soft and muddy and had to be replaced at a cost of $84,300, causing a three-week delay. It is estimated that 6,000 ton of rock will be needed to refill the four-foot deep rut caused by the removal of the sub-standard material.

7/17/1963 – Approx. 40 area people have been accepted at Armstrong County Center of IUP and a school official one expects that total enrollment will rise to at least 50 and possibly as high as 80 by the time classes begin in September.

7/17/1963 – A simulated plane crash in which radioactive material was aboard was staged last night by Armstrong County Citizens Band Radio Unit. A total of 16 components participated in the “disaster” which occurred in the Cherry Run area.

7/17/1958 – Kittanning Chamber of Commerce president Thomas W. Corbett offered his congratulations, on behalf of the Chamber, to Roger Stone on completion of his building.

7/17/1958 – “A combination of the postwar baby boom and the shuffling of Armstrong county ones into new housing within developments is responsible for the increase in certain district’s elementary school enrollment,” County School Superintendent C.N. Hanner said today.

7/17/1958 – Lifeguards at Crooked Creek State Park are credited with saving the life of a 14 yr old Monroeville resident, according to Joseph Kovalovsky, county water safety director.

7/17/1953 – A service of dedication of a newly installed electric organ in Pleasant Union Lutheran Church, Cowanshannock Twp, will be held at 8 Sunday night.

7/17/1953 – Donald T. Adams and son Gene plan no major changes in the Market St jewelry business they purchased this week from Lon H O’Donnell.

7/17/1948 – Carillonic tower bells, installed in Glade Run Presbyterian Church tower in Dayton, will be dedicated at 8pm Sunday. The service will be run by the pastor, Rev. Thoburn RR Stull.

7/17/1943 – S-Sgt. Edward F Wisneski, whose mother, Mrs. Lucy Wisneski, lives at Sagamore, and Pvt. William E Mills, son of Mrs. Della Mills of New Bethlehem, are being held POW by the German gov.

7/17/1943 – Deputy in the county treasurer’s office for the past 3.5 years, Robert H Powers, is seeking the Republican nomination for the office of county treasurer.

7/17/1933 – 3 of 6 people taken to Armstrong County Memorial Hospital yesterday as the result of a traffic accident at Routes 28 and 422 junction near West Kittanning, remain in the hospital, 2 with possible serious injuries. Prediction that the road, opened less than a week, would have one or 2 danger traps was fulfilled late Sunday when the truck of a Knoxville (near Pittsburgh) funeral director collided with a car driven by E.T. Davis of Cleveland.

7/17/1933 – Alarmed over a rise in the price of oats or some other equally alarming situation, Steve Yerty’s horse went temperamental Sunday afternoon, plunged down an alley from the Foulis parking lot on S McKean St., threw Mrs. Yerty from the buggy to which the horse was hitched, and was stopped finally in a fence corner after it had succeeded in badly damaging the buggy.

7/17/1928 – Mr. and Mrs. C.W. Crafton celebrated their golden wedding anniversary surrounded by 200 relatives and friends Monday, at their home in North Buffalo Twp.

7/17/1928 – A new colony of grey squirrels purchased by borough official ones has been released in Ford City park.