Historical Headlines – December 7

12/7/1968 – Ray W. Schrecengost Jr., son of Ray W. Schrecengost of Kittanning RD6 and the late Marie Schrecengost has been promoted to the rank of Colonel in the U. S. Air Force. He is presently serving with the Tactical Reconnaissance Branch of the Air Force at the Pentagon. He is a graduate of Kittanning High School. He recently completed his 23rd year of service, having flown over 100 photo reconnaissance missions in Korea. He also served in Germany, England, Okinawa, Japan, France, and several other theaters. In 1957, he set a new world speed record for transcontinental jet flight when he flew a McConnell Voodoo F-101 fighter aircraft from Edwards Air Force Base (California) to New York, and back again, non-stop, in seven hours 12 minutes. His wife is the former Patricia Scanlon of Kittanning. He has three daughters.

12/7/1963 – Ford City- Dr. Charles P. Ashe, specialist in children’s diseases, of 612 Woodlawn Dr., Ford City, has begun medical practice in Ford City and the ensuing vicinity.

12/7/1963 – Buck fever held no terror for a Templeton RD1 boy when deer hunting opened last Monday. 30 minutes after the 7am starting time whistles blew, Robert D. Crissman, 12, nailed a spike buck in the Mundorf area. He is a son of Dorsey P. Crissman.

12/7/1953 – A 55 year old Templeton woman, Mrs. David Brison, was hospitalized for treatment of injuries received when the car in which she was riding overturned on McGinnis Hill, midway between Widnoon and Kellersburg.

12/7/1953 – Traffic was restored on the PA Railway’s low-grade up the Redbank Valley after a single track line was blocked for over 15 hours. 2 diesel locomotives, a coal-loaded car, and a caboose derailed about 3 miles east of Red Bank.

12/7/1953 – Ford City- Angelo Piersanti, Ford City soldier who was injured by a passing car near Camp Atterbury, Indiana, is “no longer critical”, it was reported.

12/7/1948 – A freight train crushed a car and killed a coal mine operator, his wife, and niece at a little used siding in North Apollo. The dead ones were Carl Zukas, 31, of Edmon, co-owner of the Blue Bird Coal Co., Mateer; his wife, Mrs. Dorothy Zukas, 24; and their niece, Sandra Lee Powell, 4.

12/7/1948 – A.B. Eadie, district manager for West Penn Power Co., was elected president of the Board of Education of Kittanning school district in an annual reorganization meeting.

12/7/1943 – Dr. Russell A. Rudolph, Kittanning dentist, was elected president of Kittanning school board in an annual reorganization meeting.

12/7/1943 – Preparations to proceed with construction of 600-ft storm sewer on Fair St. were authorized by Kittanning Town Council.

12/7/1938 – Armstrong Co. employers had a reminder from the Social Security Board’s New Castle field office, that each employee in industry or commerce, whether temporary or permanent one, should have a Social Security number card- and should have only one.

12/7/1938 – Kittanning HS’ floor team drew back the curtain on the 1938-1939 basketball season and staged a 23-19 victory over Brookville in the home school gymnasium.

12/7/1933 – Freeport- Mrs. Sara Richards of 2nd St., celebrated her 80th birthday at a dinner party given in her honor by a daughter, Mrs. Katherine O’Brien.

12/7/1933 – Announcement of the locations of State Liquor stores in Armstrong Co.  has been made. Stores will be in Kittanning, Leechburg, Sagamore, and Ford City.

12/7/1928 – An appreciative audience enjoyed the presentation of ” Oh Kay” at the HS auditorium here last night.

12/7/1928 – Charles R. Moesta was elected president of Kittanning Kiwanis Club.

12/7/1928 – Mrs. M.J. Tittering, 80, was found dead in bed this morning at the home of a son, Roy Kinnan of Garrets Run.