Historical Headlines – January 11

1/11/1969 – Clifford Earl Vandervort, 77, of Mayport RD1 is being held today on an open charge of murder in the shooting yesterday of Loyal Jack Sadler, 72. The two men lived together. The shooting occurred at their home, just off a township road near Route 839, six miles south of New Bethlehem. Vandervort told police he was sitting at an open upstairs window when a rifle he was holding accidentally discharged and killed Sadler, who was in the yard below. Both men reportedly worked as gunsmiths.

1/11/1969 – Butler Motor Transit will reduce service on its Brookville-Pittsburgh run to one trip daily due to a lack of riders.

1/11/1969 – Martin Ackerman, president of Saturday Evening Post, announced it will cease publication of the magazine. Covers were painted in 1929 by Norman Rockwell, which made the covers famous. The magazine was founded in 1721 by Benjamin Franklin.

1/11/1969 – Kittanning Borough has applied for a permit to construct a proposed storm sewer outfall along the Allegheny River. Proposed construction calls for the development of a new storm sewer system on approximately 19 acres of level land adjacent the Kittanning High School football field that will pour into the river from the east bank between Montieth and Ewing Streets.

1/11/1969 – Roby McAfoose, 48, of Cowansville was slightly injured yesterday when her vehicle was struck by a vehicle driven by Dennis Doverspike, 21, of Ringgold, which continued on and hit a tree.

1/11/1969 – Jo Anne Vent, formerly of Kittanning and now living with her parents, Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Vent in San Diego, CA, will appear on the Steve Allen Show as Alice and her Marvelous Band. She will appear on Operation Entertainment as a singer named Alice Jones.

1/11/1969 – Ronald C. Heilman of Ford Cliff was injured early today when his car missed a curve on Route 66, five miles south of Ford City, and struck a culvert.

1/11/1969 – Meldren Bowers, former Kittanning police chief who retired Jan. 1 is back on duty as a part-time patrolman today. Bowers is filling in for patrolmen William Gallagher and George Hartzell who have been off duty with the flu, according to Mayor Charles Mohr.

1/11/1969 – Raymond Astel of Scottdale, PA, spent part of the day Friday making a pest of himself at the Kittanning Police Department cell room. Mayor Charles Mohr asked him to leave the building several times, but Astel continued to “hang around.” Astel was charged with disorderly conduct. If his wish was to spend some time in Kittanning’s jail, Astel only got part of it. He was ordered confined to the Armstrong County Jail for 10 days when he couldn’t pay the $25 fine.

1/11/1969 – Dayton made it two in a row in the Academic Games tournament with a decisive win of 248 points in the senior high division of the propaganda tournament at Kittanning Junior High School. In November, Dayton was victorious in the equation tournament, edging Kittanning by one point. Ford City Junior High took top honors in its division with a 247 point score. Seven Armstrong County high schools competed in a fame of linguistic fallacies involving the methods used to mold public opinion.

1/11/1969 – A fire that raged near Shelocta caused $1,500 in damage to a garage owned by Eugene Johnston. Tools and other equipment were burned, but Johnston was able to save his car, which was in the burning building.  Elderton Fire Chief Paul Rupert said the fire was caused by an overheated furnace.

1/11/1969 – Platform shoes are back. Thick three-inch heel and ankle strap are all the rage in local shoe stores.

1/11/1964 – A Ford City student, enrolled in the Spanish curriculum at IUP, was one of ten pupils who returned from Spain after having completed several months of study in the Spanish language and culture. Sandra Moore of 793 Orchard Street, Ford City, was studying at the College of Arts and Sciences of the University of Valladolid.

1/11/1954 – Air Force Capt.W. C. McTaggart Jr. will end a four-month recuperation leave when he reports for duty at a guided missile base in Florida. The career officer was a prisoner of war of the Communists for 30 months after his B-29 bomber was shot down on a strike over North Korea. He returned home to East Brady early in September after his release.

1/11/1954 – Local and long distance telephone service between Kittanning and Worthington and other points west was disrupted for several hours after a utility pole was struck by a car near Woodlawn Crest. Armstrong County Judge J. Frank Graff, 125 Hazel Street, was driving the auto which crashed into the pole when the judge was blinded by headlights of an oncoming car.

1/11/1954 – Members of the Armstrong County Boroughs Association elected Arnold L. Adelson of Applewold as president of the organization. The annual executive session was held at Hotel Alexander.

1/11/1949 – Fifteen U. S. cities will be linked via a coaxial telephone cable which one spokesman in Chicago said was the most important entertainment development since the invention of “talkies”.

1/11/1949 – Kittanning Town Councilmen raised the pay of all borough employees and put off until January 21 the decision on a new taxing rate.

1/11/1944 – Meeting in the Steim Hotel dining room, Rotarians had as guest speaker a South American, Alberto Ramirez, of Bogota, Columbia. A graduated of Michigan University’s engineering course, Ramierez is engaged in research work with West Penn Cement Company of Butler before he returns to South America.

1/11/1944 – Capt. C. W. Thompson, Ford City doctor serving in the Army Medical Department, is in Australia “after a pleasant and uneventful trip across a heck of a lot of water.”

1/11/1939 – Between 100 and 125 employees in the Cadogan mine of Allegheny River Mining Company returned to work this morning following settlement of a three-day strike over dirty coal. Settlement took place at a meeting last week.

1/11/1939 – The Kittanning Wildcats went on a rampage in a non-league match on Punxsutawney’s new $285,000 gymnasium floor to thump the Chuck’s 36-19.

1/11/1934 – The Central Flower Shop, operated on South Jefferson Street for many years, has been moved to a new location in the Nulton House building, North Jefferson Street.

1/11/1934 – James A. Sproull of Leechburg resigned as Armstrong County commissioner to assume a position as Leechburg postmaster. Joseph Blair of Kittanning Township, chairman of the county Democratic Party, was appointed by Judge J. Frank Graff to serve the balance of Sproull’s unexpired term ending in 1935.

1/11/1929 – As the body of his wife was being carried out of the house preparatory to burial services, William Heilman died at his home in Kittanning Township.

1/11/1929 – A new Quill and Cue Club has been organized in Ford City High School. The purpose of the club is to provide members an outlet for their literary and dramatic interests.