Historical Headlines – November 9

11/9/1968 – The Esquire Shop at 135 Market Street, Kittanning, has been purchased by Raymond Shields, of Main Street, Worthington. Shields purchased the men’s clothing store from the Rudolph Rose estate, who owned and operated the store for several years before his death on September 22. The new owner was in the general accounting department of Kittanning Telephone Company and has worked part-time in both the Esquire Shop and the former Einstein and Campbell’s clothing store. Shields is married to the former Sandra Remaley of Kittanning. The couple have two children: a son, Bradley, and a daughter, Sherry.

11/9/1968 – Five top officials of Wallace-Murray, owners of Eljer in Ford City, were handed down fines and jail terms by a federal judge who pleaded no contest to charges they conspired to fix prices on $1 billion worth of plumbing fixtures over a four year period. It marked the first time that a federal judge ordered prison terms for persons convicted of anti-trust charges after they pleaded no contest.

11/9/1968 – Senator Albert R. Pechan today reaffirmed his determination to press for voting rights for 18-year olds in Pennsylvania. The Ford City Republican, who is Assistant Majority Leader in the State Senate, said, “There is increasing interest among young adults to participate in our political system. Young people today are better educated, more sophisticated, more aware of government and politics, and on all counts, well qualified to vote.” It will require an action toward amending the Pennsylvania Constitution to permit 18-year-old voting.

11/9/1968 – Larry Dean Umbaugh, 19, of Kittanning RD6 was injured early today in a one-car accident on Route 85, six miles east of Kittanning. He swerved his Jeep station wagon to avoid hitting a deer on the highway and lost control. The vehicle flipped over on its roof. Umbaugh and a passenger, Clifford Serene,16, were thrown from the car. Umbaugh was taken to Presbyterian University Hospital in Pittsburgh with possible head injury. Serene was not treated.

11/9/1963 – Pittsburgh- Freeport and Montour today were announced by United Press International as finalists in next week’s WPIAL Class A Championship football game.

11/9/1963 – Ford City- Thomas E. Valasek, son of Mr. and Mrs. Emil Valasek of 439 4th Ave., Ford City, was one of 5 seniors at St. Vincent Preparatory School honored for his high performance on the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying test.

11/9/1953 – Weather returned to mid-autumn normal ones with only a trace of snow in rural areas as a reminder of the snowstorm which swept the county last week.

11/9/1953 – Alumni and former students of Thiel College in Greenville will have a dinner at the Hotel Steim for the purpose of forming an alumni chapter.

11/9/1953 – A special invitation was issued for area ones to visit Kittanning Public Schools this week as part of the school’s participation in American Education Week. Displays have been set up in the windows of the Ringgold store on N McKean St.

11/9/1948 – Leechburg- A $200,000 fire destroyed part of the Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corporation West Leechburg mill. The superstructure of the packing dept. and part of the 16-inch hot mill were gutted. 5 fire companies fought the blaze.

11/9/1948 – Ford City- Second and third degree burns over most of his body resulted in the death of Albert S. Hagofsky, 20 year old 7th Ave. man in Armstrong Co. Memorial Hospital. No one was with him at the time of the accident and a brother said today that the family did not know what had happened.

11/9/1948 – “There will be no long delays in long distance calls to Pittsburgh after next week,” K. Ben Schotte, general manager of the Kittanning Telephone Company announced. Work will be completed next week on 5 new circuits to Pittsburgh.

11/9/1943 – Blizzards sweeping the north central states left 8 people dead.

11/9/1943 – Uniting with many hundreds of communities throughout the country, the Kittanning community will observe “World Community Day” on 11 November with a service and program at St. John’s Lutheran Church.

11/9/1938 – Herbert G. Gates of Kittanning led the ticket in the county’s assemblyman battle. Frank J. Atkins of Kittanning, fellow Republican one, was holder of the #2 position in the tabulations.

11/9/1938 – Dr. C.F. Sullivan, priest at St. Mary Church, who is seriously sick at his home with pneumonia, took a turn for the worse.

11/9/1933 – Subfreezing weather continued to hold Kittanning and the ensuing vicinity in its grip. The Allegheny river was stationary today with stages at Lock #7 being 13.3 feet at both the upper and lower pools. Precipitation was .9 of an inch, with snowfall of 1.5 inches.

11/9/1928 – Despite the fact that voters of Apollo borough, by a margin of 915-91, favored location of Apollo’s new high school building on the Oak Hill site, the Apollo board has voted to erect the building on property of the Robert M. McLaughlin heirs, N 2nd Street, and Pennsylvania Avenue.

11/9/1928 – An enthusiastic meeting was held at Blakely Hardware store, Sarversville on State Road 228, and an organization was effected to be known a “Butler-Armstrong County Road Association”.