Historical Headlines – October 5

10/5/1968 – The controversy over the plan to have only two high schools in the Armstrong School District continues. Director Mrs. Joseph Constanza voiced her opposition to the two-high school plan, stating her concern is for the “average” student. “I won’t deny that there will be a better curriculum offering under the two-school system,” she said. “I do wonder how much the cast majority of students will really  benefit from it.”

10/5/1968 – Five local residents were treated at the hospital yesterday for injuries in separate accidents. Thomas Stitt, 24, of North Grant Ave, Kittanning, reportedly tripped over a rail at work and injured his foot. Martin Scury, 79 , of 6th Ave Ford City, was hit in the right eye with a tree branch. Ward Lewis, 68, of Freeport RD1 suffered chest injuries in an auto accident near Cadogan. Lela Kieklmeier, 35, of Franklin Avenue, Kittanning, was injured on the left foot when a cabinet door fell on it.  Plummer Toy, 24, of North Water Street, Kittanning, reportedly fell at work, injuring his chest.

10/5/1968 – Scoring in every period, Ford City High School football team rolled into its fourth consecutive victory at home as it downed Kiski Prep School 21-6. Only an opening loss to Freeport prevents the Sabers from having a perfect record to date.

10/5/1963 – Freeport HS stayed in the running for all the football marbles last night by thrashing a hapless Kittanning Wildcats 11 34-0.

10/5/1953 – The Rev. Thomas F. Luce, pastor of Towanda, PA, Presbyterian Church and former assistant pastor at East Liberty Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh, will preach at Kittanning Grace Presbyterian Church as a candidate for the local pulpit vacancy.

10/5/1953 – Alfred White, Kittanning RD 2, celebrated his 78th birthday today.

10/5/1948 – Ford City- Bellwood residents seen annexation by borough engineer councilmen, to discuss proposal of bordering village. Borough to seek aid of commonwealth in correcting hill sewage issue.

10/5/1948 – Armstrong Co. Saddle Club members prepared today to help a fellow riding enthusiast who lost his arm recently after a fall. The beneficiary will be 18 year old Don Hankinson of the Cowansville vicinity.

10/5/1943 – Borough official ones have authority today to proceed at once with paving of N McKean St. extension and Lemon Way, if the work can be done under satisfactory weather conditions.

10/5/1938 – Channel dredging in the Allegheny River below the lock gates of lock and dam #7 was started by the Monongahela and Ohio Co. dredge Atlantic.

10/5/1938 – West Penn Power Co. workmen were engaged this week in placing new style brackets for streetlights in the Kittanning business district.

10/5/1933 – Miss Gaynell Stepp of Ford City was chosen “Miss Nira of Armstrong County” at the Savoy Theatre in Ford City. She will be one of the central figures in the big NRA parade in Ford City Saturday afternoon.

10/5/1933 – Installation of officers was held at a meeting of the Columbine Rebekah Lodge in the Odd Fellows Hall. Mary Skinner was installed Noble Grand.

10/5/1928 – Augustine B. Lauer of Shippenville, Clarion County, has sold a house and lot on Grant Avenue to Alphonse Chemelli.

10/5/1928 – West Kittanning now has its first paved street. The last concrete was poured on Arthur Street, which has been under construction for several weeks.