Historical Headlines – October 22

10/22/1968 – Surgeons at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital made medical history in Armstrong County today when they inserted an internal pacemaker in a district man’s heart. The patient is Joseph H. McClaine, 72, of East Brady, who is a director of the Armstrong School District board. He retired from Mellon Bank in Chicora in 1965, and then owned and operated J. F. and M. Food Center in East Brady. The procedure was performed by surgeon Kenneth R. Kost. McClaine is the first person in Armstrong County to have the battery-operated device installed in his body.

10/22/1968 – The Long Range Development Plan for the Armstrong School District was approved by the board of directors last night by a 6-3 vote in a five minute meeting that adopted a two-high school master plan.

10/22/1968 – A feature article predicts “Haircuts for $10 minus tip; Food bill for a family of 4: $115 a week; Cost of a medium-priced car: $9,900; An average man’s suit: $250.” These prices seemed outrageous but were forecasted due to the rate of inflation.

10/22/1963 – Children in a number of Armstrong Co. towns will participate this weekend in the lifesaving work of UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund. Under the auspices of ministerial associations, the children will go from door to door under adult supervision inviting gifts of pennies and more for the Children’s Fund.

10/22/1958 – Blair F. Green, Kittanning attorney, was admitted to the American District Court for the Western district of PA. Attorney Green has his law office in the Moesta Building and is a member of the Armstrong Co. Bar Association.

10/22/1958 – A total of 106 pints of blood were secured from Kittanning donors during a 6 hour visit of the Red Cross Bloodmobile set up in the Kittanning Telephone Building.

10/22/1953 – The congregation of Kittanning Grace Presbyterian Church, by unanimous vote last night, issued a call to the Rev. Thomas F. Luce of Tonawanda, PA to fill a vacancy in the local pulpit.

10/22/1953 – Two Kittanning musicians, Enrico Colonna and Eugene Golla, have returned after a 10 day trip to Louisiana Purchase Sesquicentennial in New Orleans as members of Clearfield Volunteer Firemen’s Band. The band represented PA’s Volunteer Firemen’s Association.

10/22/1953 – Ford City- Ford Cliff would have higher taxes under a jointure, Marsh says.

10/22/1948 – More than 15000 people toured the West Leechburg plant of Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corporation in a 3 day open house.

10/22/1948 – Local interests are going to have to supply much of the money for turning Crooked Creek reservoir into a recreation area, an American Engineers Corps officer said.

10/22/1943 – Outstanding success of such a school last year has prompted Armstrong Co. Hunting and Fishing Club members to sponsor a Small Arms Firing School for pre-induction men and women this season.

10/22/1943 – Cadogan – Whilst at work for the Allegheny River Mining Co., Clarence Toy sustained injuries to his right leg which made it necessary to have it amputated 10 inches below the knee.

10/22/1938 – Armstrong-Butler Co. District Sen. C. Hale Sipe has accepted 2 invitations to speak on history and religion at McConnellsburg and Bradford.

10/22/1938 – C.C. Atkinson of Freeport was elected commander of Armstrong Co. American Legion Council, succeeding Harvey D. Shaffer of Kittanning, at a county Legion meeting in Leechburg Post Home.

10/22/1928 – Lovers of chestnuts are having a hard time gratifying their longing this autumn. The crop in this vicinity is said to amount to practically nothing.

10/22/1928 – The 5th game of Kittanning High School’s football season, played here, was lost to Vandergrift 31-0.

10/22/1928 – Wholesale prices in the Kittanning market today included butter 40c per pound and eggs 45c a dozen.