Historical Headlines – October 10

10/10/1968 – Kittanning merchants are offering free bus rides today to bring shoppers from Ford City, Ford Cliff, and Wick City to the big sidewalk sales in progress.

10/10/1968 – New Bethlehem Council debated the Borough Cemetery, but after a half-hour of discussion, the officials decided to remain firm in their stand that perpetual care will not be given unless payment is received. The problem has plagued Council for years. About 25% of lots have not paid the fee.

10/10/1968 – Dissatisfied Leechburg Union School Board director A. Silvio Odasso insists he will not reconsider his resignation from the board and has charged that the board “is not telling it as it is.” His resignation was tabled and no action was taken on filling the position vacated by John Damiano.

10/10/1968 – A total of 20 parking violation tickets were issued this morning when vehicles were parked on streets during the weekly sweepdown by borough employees, according to police records.

10/10/1963 – Staff Sgt. Kenneth Swigart, son of Mrs. Blanche Swigart of Kittanning RD1, ended 20 years of duty with the Air Force recently whilst serving at Travis Air Force Base, CA. He is a veteran of WWII and Korea.

10/10/1958 – Carl Lundgren, general contractor for the Armstrong Co. YMCA, expects to have the new building completely enclosed in another 2 weeks, so that work can continue after cold weather sets in.

10/10/1958 – Kittanning Junior HS football team won its 3rd game of the season as it downed  Redbank Valley Junior HS 32-4 at Redbank. This gives all 3 Kittanning teams- varsity, junior varsity, and junior high- a record of 10 wins and 0 defeats.

10/10/1953 – Kittanning HS students yesterday celebrated the coming PA week with an assembly program of antique ones, old time dances, a fashion show, and a colonial school scene.

10/10/1953 – Kittanning First United Methodist Church may soon get a new organ, a gift of the late Raymond E. Crane, Eljer Co. founder who died last week.

10/10/1953 – Reigning as homecoming queen today at St. Vincent College, Latrobe, was Miss Roseanne Caretti, daughter of Mrs. George Caretti of 804 N McKean St. She is a freshman at Seton Hill University, Greensburg.

10/10/1938 – Funeral services were held in Leechburg for Frank and Joe Suchetski, brothers whose lifeless bodies were recovered from an abandoned South Buffalo Twp. coal mine by mine experts from Pittsburgh.

10/10/1938 –  A truck driver and his helper had narrow escape from death or serious injury and a semi trailer truck loaded with books and book matches, was totally destroyed by fire following explosion of the truck’s gasoline tank along the Butler Road near Walkchalk.

10/10/1933 – Arrangements are completed by Henry Cascino to open a restaurant in a storeroom on Market St. near the Scaletta market. The restaurant will be named Cascino Italian Dining Room.

10/10/1933 – Claudette Colbert, Richard Arlen, and Mary Boland are starring in a motion picture, “3 Cornered Moon” at the Columbia Theatre.

10/10/1928 – D.L. Shaffer and Joseph Dentici, Kittanning businessmen, purchased the McAfee farm on Kittanning-Rural Valley Road, 5 miles from town. They expect to lay it out in lots.

10/10/1928 – Arrangements were complete for Harry Gardner, known throughout the country as the “human fly”, to climb the Market Street front of James McCullough and Son building. The event is being sponsored by Armstrong American Legion Post, on behalf of a hurricane relief fund raised by the Kittanning Chapter of the American Red Cross.