Historical Headlines – August 13

“He’s dreamy,” the teenage girl told her mother in 1968. “He’s tall, dark, and has push-button windows.”

8/13/1968 – Burglars looted $1,391.75 worth of merchandise from the Arcade Department Store, 230 Market Street, Kittanning, sometime during the weekend. Missing are coats, jackets, dresses, suit case and clothes hampers. A safe and cashbox were untouched. The theft was discovered when the janitor arrived and found the front door unlocked.

8/13/1968 – The biggest innovation at the Ford City filtration plant is the installation of automatic feeding machines for supplying chemicals to the water. Donald Grossman, chairman of Ford City Borough Council’s water committee said the new work will make the filtration plant one of the most modern in the district.

8/13/1968 – The Armstrong County School Board is once again faced with the task of developing a County Plan of Reorganization under the terms of Act 150, recently signed into law. The reorganization involved the districts in Apollo Area Jointure, Freeport Area Jointure, Leechburg Union, and Elders Ridge Jointure.

8/13/1963 – Harrisburg (UPI)- A bill signed into law Monday by Gov. William W. Scranton authorizes the Forest and Waters Department to acquire the Kinzua Bridge and certain adjoining land in McKean County for a state park. The measure appropriates $50,000 for the acquisition.

8/13/1958 – Out of Worthington-West Franklin HS’ 1958 graduating class of 29, school authorities report that 11 graduates have enrolled in universities, nursing schools, and art academies.

8/13/1958 – Ed Schaughency, well known TV and radio personality from Pittsburgh and an avid boatman, will be in Kittanning 17 Aug. to crown Miss Peggy Schrecengost as Queen of the River during the Kittanning Waterfront Corporation Water Regatta.

8/13/1958 – Ford City- Ford City Glassworkers will stage their annual Labor Day celebration Sept. 1 with a parade, speaking program, and entertainment, and also mark the union’s 25th anniversary.

8/13/1953 – Official ones of the Dayton-Luthersburg Telephone Company at a meeting voted to issue a 5% preferred stock at $50 a share to finance construction in the rural areas served by the utility.

8/13/1953 – Armstrong County Commissioners have advertised for bids for the installation of steel decking on 4 county bridges. To be repaired are the McCright and Johnston bridges in Plumcreek Twp., Lower Pine Run bridge in Red Bank Twp., and the Pine Furnace bridge in Boggs Twp.

8/13/1948 – Ford City- Miss Delores Blaho, 17, pretty brunette one of Parker, was chosen as “Miss Armstrong County” in a feature of Allied American Legion Post’s V-J Week celebration.

8/13/1948 – Kittanning firemen and the HS boys band were awarded 4 prizes at the annual convention of Western PA firemen’s parade in Monessen.

8/13/1948 – Rev Francis S. Lizik, assistant at Holy Cross Church, Glassport, has been appointed pastor of St. Frances de Paul’s Church in Ford City. He will succeed Rev. S.F. Anuszkiewicz, who died unexpectedly on 28 July.

8/13/1943 – Allied bombers shake Rome and Berlin. All-American fleet stabs at railway yards of Italian capital.

8/13/1943 – Committees from 4 local Jewish organizations, the Hadassah, the Men’s Club, the Mothers Club, and the B’nai B’rith have made plans to cooperate in an extensive American War Bond Drive, sponsored by the Pittsburgh B’nai B’rith organization. The goal of the drive is $2,400,000. The amount is that needed to sponsor a Liberty Ship.

8/13/1938 – William S. Livermore, new Boy Scout executive who arrived in Butler this week to assume executive duties of the Butler-Armstrong Area Council, will be welcomed next Thursday at a mass campfire at Camp BuCoCo.

8/13/1938 – Members of Kittanning Elks lodge and the band of the Armstrong American Legion Post #122 marched back and forth on N Water St. as they tidied up marching formation in preparation for the 25 Aug. parade which will climax the State Elks’ convention in New Castle.

8/13/1928 – Bids were opened in the office of the county commissioners today for the rebuilding of steps in front of the courthouse.

8/13/1928 – James H. Hawk, 67, died Sunday morning at the home of a niece, Mrs. J.A. Lambing on the McClister farm, Kittanning Township.