Historical Headlines – January 14

1/14/1969 – A 40-mile-long ice gorge on the Allegheny River extending from Phillipston to north of Kennerdell has area officials concerned. The ice jam began a week ago at Bradys Bend and has already caused a ten-foot rise in water levels. Bernie Bowser, County Civil Defense Director, observed that ice gorges are common in the Allegheny at this time of year, and usually occur on a sharp curve in the river’s course. Massive tons of ice are unable to float through the bend, causing a backing of water similar to a dam.

1/14/1969 – Results of the evaluation of Kittanning Senior High School by a visiting committee indicates that the school’s course of study is well balanced and generally meets the needs of the community. The committee praised the school’s reading program and commended the school on the existence of the special education program. On the other side of the ledger, the committee felt that the implementation of the program of studies in certain areas is not totally adequate. “We have the impression that the student is not encouraged to test his own ideas by discussion and exchange of views,” the report states.

1/14/1969 – Kittanning Police said a stolen auto was damaged and abandoned at the corner of Vine and North Grant early this morning. The car is owned by John Cousins of Kittanning RD2. It was crashed into a telephone pole and the driver left the scene.

1/14/1964 – A Ford City native is the youngest chief engineer in the history of Texaco Petroleum Company to assume the duties of chief engineer for all of Venezuela of the oil firm. Michael A. Martinez, son of Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Martinez of 208 Fourth Avenue, Ford City, was promoted this month to the chief engineer position, in charge of all engineering for the firm in Venezuela.

1/14/1959 – Kittanning leads surrounding school districts in the number of persons registered for adult evening classes with a total of 58 persons taking classes in sewing and typing.

1/14/1959 – The Ford City Glassers put up a great struggle for three quarters, but crumbled in the final period as they bowed to an invading New Kensington High School team 64-52.

1/14/1959 – The Logue sisters, Jean and Judy, took part in capping exercises held at Nixon Hall, Butler County Memorial Hospital School of Nursing. Jean, a member of the senior class, and Judy, a member of the freshmen class, are graduates of East Brady High School. They are daughters of Mr. & Mrs. Jack Logue of Cowansville.

1/14/1954 – Parks Township Former Police Officer Sued in Accident. Vandergrift Man Claims Injuries Have Kept Him From Gainful Employment.

1/14/1954 – Councilmen Elected at St. John’s. Pastor’s Report Shows Addition of 90 New Members During the Past Year.

1/14/1954 – About 250 wild ducks and 13 geese left Crooked Creek State Park when the recent freeze set in, apparently flying to warmer climates. Milton Dunmire, park foreman, said the birds failed to show up for their daily feeding.

1/14/1949 – Thirty-two employees received a $5-a-month pay increase for 1949, according to figures released today by the Armstrong County Salary Board.

1/14/1949 – The body of Pvt. James W. Kennedy of Templeton arrived in Kittanning via Pennsylvania Railroad train Thursday night. He was 27 years, 11 months, and 20 days of age when killed in action at St. Lo, France on August 3, 1944.

1/14/1944 – Armstrong County’s longest married couple, Mr. & Mrs. William H. Kuhns of Goheenville, who are spending their time now in the home of a son, Guyer Kuhns of 1128 Orr Avenue, will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary tomorrow.

1/14/1944 – Wakening from sleep after all night guard duty somewhere in Italy, Pvt. Richard Trudgeon was delighted recently to discover that his caller was Cpl. Gene Milliron, a peacetime neighbor from the Spaces Corners vicinity.

1/14/1939 – The Department of Highways armada of men and machines had all main arteries of traffic open in Armstrong County at noon Saturday after battling a 12-hour snowfall which put down a “five-to eight inch” layer of white.

1/14/1939 – Temperatures remained almost constant at the 26-degree mark Friday, during the storm which blanketed the district under an official reading of 5.5 inches of snow.

1/14/1929 – The Bowling dwelling, North McKean Street, was purchased from Mr. & Mrs. Fred Bowling on Saturday by Frank J. Atkins.

1/14/1929 – Seven-below-zero temperature was reported Monday morning at Rosston’s Post Office. It was 10 below at the Eldora Farm on Crooked Creek near that place.