Historical Headlines – November 7

11/7/1968 – Big River Manufacturing with a plant along Route 85 outside Kittanning has taken possession of its old quarters on North McKean Street due to expansion. It is the site where the company first got underway here in 1962 as a warehouse. Expansion was due to the jacket line which the first undertook this year creating 25 new jobs as a need for more space.

11/7/1968 – One hundred fifty-five Ford City High School seniors left at 7AM today by chartered bus for a three-day visit to Washington, D.C. There are 99 seniors who didn’t go on the trip, including 12 football players. The players will take part in the playoff contest Friday against Richland at New Kensington. Those students not attending had conflicts with part-time jobs or lack of interest.

11/7/1968 – It’s a long way from Ford City to Mexico City, but Red Mihalik made the trip without incident, even though he went as a basketball referee. He officiated summer Olympics games of 1968, a return trip for him since he had refereed in the 1964 Olympics at Tokyo. He has long been recognized as one of the best sports officials in the nation, and now internationally. “When I think of all of the wonderful things that have happened to me through sports it makes me want to get down on my knees and thank the good Lord,” he said.

11/7/1963 – Sister M. Victoria of the Sisters of St. Joseph died at the Motherhouse in Baden, PA. A noted teacher of piano, violin, and other instruments, she is remembered by friends here as one of the nuns who opened the parochial school in Kittanning where she taught music exclusively for 2 years before teaching in the city schools.

11/7/1958 – An aged blind woman and her elderly brother died as a result of a fire which swept their Ford Cliff home. Margaret Mohney, 88 year old spinster, was dead on arrival at Armstrong Co. Memorial Hospital and her brother, David, who had tried to save her, died a few hours later.

11/7/1958 – The Ray F. Yount Co. completed work on the N Grant Ave. paving project and prepared to move to the uncompleted construction of another off street car park. This one is diagonally across the McKean-Mulberry street intersection from Armstrong Co. Memorial Hospital.

11/7/1953 – A surprise winter attack launched last night threatened to become a sustained drive which may leave as much as 8 inches of snow in the area.

11/7/1953 – Ford City- An 18 year old girl who sang with Johnny Murphy’s band when it played spots in Ford City and vicinity is featured on the cover and in a 7 page spread in “Life” magazine one this week as the “small town girl gets new name and new career”. Norma Jean Speranza, Avonmore, is featured in the magazine story. She is now known professionally as Jill Corey, television singer and recording artist.

11/7/1953 – Sports page headlines- Wildcats edge Apollo, Ford City downed by Vans.

11/7/1938 – School was reconvened at the 4th Ward Building, ending a day and a half dismissal whilst school official ones disinfected rooms in an attempt to prevent spread of scarlet fever.

11/7/1938 – Dr. M.D. Fiscus opened offices in the Heilman building, N McKean St. for the practice of general dentistry. Dr. Fiscus is a graduate of Allegheny College, Meadville, and the University of Pittsburgh Dental School, class of 1938.

11/7/1933 – Finishing touches are being put on The Casino, new Italian restaurant, which will be opened on Market St. this week.

11/7/1933 – Ford City- The first couple to occupy a house in Ford City returned here to celebrate quietly their 50th wedding anniversary at the home of their daughter, Mrs. Harry Hutchison, 4th Ave. They are Mr. and Mrs. R.A. Wade, now residents of North Apollo.

11/7/1928 – Armstrong County’s oldest resident, Catherine Mohney, who makes her home with a son David and daughter Maggie Mohney on Christy Ave., Ford Cliff, cast her first vote at the age of 101.

11/7/1928 – Harry E. Himes was reelected to the General Assembly, N.L. Strong reelected to Congress, and W.C. McGregor elected to the General Assembly in yesterday’s election.