Historical Headlines – January 16

1/16/1969 – Kittanning Borough has been reimbursed for 50% of the $16,666 purchase price of a new land development tract in Rayburn Township. Council agreed to purchase the 54 acres last July under the new Project 70 assistance fund. The program promises reimbursement of all money spent in redeveloping Pennsylvania property. Chester Cunningham, borough superintendent of public works, said the borough has scheduled expenditures of $20,000 a year for four years in redeveloping the land into a modern recreational area. The first stage will be construction of a road into the area and playing facilities for small children.

1/16/1969 – The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has approved a grant of $9,249 to help pay for planning the development and growth of South Buffalo Township. The grant will finance planning activities for 21 months and covers two-thirds of the total cost. An additional $4,625 in local funds will supplement the project’s costs.

1/16/1969 – The family of Pfc. Charles Norman Cornman, 20, from Templeton is awaiting arrival of his body today. Cornman died in the Base Hospital in Da Nang, South Vietnam from complications of malaria and pneumonia. He was the son of Ernest and Mary Jane (John) Cornman of Templeton RD1. His wife, the former Katherine Shoemaker, and daughter Christina Louise, resided at 419 Clay Street, Kittanning. He served with Company B of the First Shore Patrol Battalion, First Marine Division.

1/16/1969 – A change in walking routine saved the life of a Ford City area sailor who was serving aboard the USS Enterprise, the carrier ripped by explosions yesterday, causing the deaths of 24 Navy men. George Poznik, son of Mr. & Mrs. John Poznik of Kittanning RD7, off the Ford City-Cadogan Road, was on his way to breakfast before the tragedy hit the carrier. Poznik, a radioman, petty officer 3rd class, told his parents of the explosion yesterday in a telephone call from Pearl Harbor, which the ship is now moored. Poznik said he always walked certain passageways, but for some reason, for the first time, he decided to take a short cut through other passageways. While on his way, the explosions occurred. The blasts and blaze ripped large holes from the flight deck to compartments three levels below. Poznik was spared.

1/16.1969 – Three G. C. Murphy Co warehouse employees from McKeesport have stopped all truck traffic to and from the Kittanning store with picket signs. Local 840 of the Retail Warehouse Department Store Workers Union said the walkoff has impacted 450 warehouse employees.

­1/16/1969 – At least three Kittanning merchants have given up the cumbersome battle against the additional costs of red tape the new laws impose in the purchase of guns and ammunition. The new Federal gun Law, which is regulated by the Internal Revenue Service, has launched a massive campaign at eliminating unqualified merchants possessing Federal Firearms Licenses. Approximately 30% of Western Pennsylvania licenses have been revoked or dissolved.

1/16/1969 – A mock trial was staged by Shirley Stull’s Ford City High School Government Class to acquaint the students with courtroom procedures. John Nickleach represented the district attorney and Tom Gregory represented the defense attorney. Nickleach leaned on a desk occupied by Pat Ball, coroner, who sits beside Judge Charles King. In front of the judge was John Yount, stenographer, and Bob Ramsey, clerk of courts. The remainder of the classroom was made up of jurors and witnesses.

1/16/1964 – Visiting privileges have been suspended at Armstrong County Jail today after what is believed to have been an attempt by one or more prisoners to break out of confinement. Armstrong County Sheriff Thomas C. Hutchison said today someone attempted to make a hole in the wire fence surrounding the exercise area.

1/16/1959 – Kittanning business operators and residents had an old wintertime reminder from town officials – to get out of the snow shovels – following yesterday’s snowfall.

1/16/1959 – Every civic, fraternal, and social club in the Ford City area have been asked to name a Bloodmobile chairman to represent the group for the coming Bloodmobile visit to Ford City, it was decieded at a meeting of the general committee at the Glassworkers Union Building.

1/16/1959 – Pvt. George R. Artman, Jr., son of Mr. & Mrs. G. R. Artman, 308 Ridge Avenue, Kittanning, has been assigned to Co. C. 18th Bn, 1st Tng. Regt at Ford Jackson for basic infantry training.

1/16/1954 – A Ford City trucker, James C. Dailey Jr, 28, escaped injury when his tractor-trailer was demolished by a Pennsylvania Railroad freight train at the Jacob Street crossing, South Grant Avenue, Kittanning. Cans of various types of pineapple, being hauled by the trucker, were scattered over a 100-foot distance as a result of the impact.

1/16/1954 – Ford City High School cagers had breaking space as they came through with a smashing 62-40 victory over neighboring rival Kittanning.

1/16/1954 – Ford City Fifth Avenue Resident Injured in Hit-Run. Witness Says He Could Identify Woman Driver Who Left Accident Scene.

1/16/1939 – U. S. Army Engineers included a $2,185,000 proposed expenditure on Crooked Creek dam at Tunnelville. The Crooked Creek dam job, part of a system of reservoirs to reduce flood levels at Pittsburgh, is approximately 35% complete at the present time.

1/16/1939 – Flat Glass Workers to Request Wage Increase. United Mine Worker Local Also Prepares Recommendations for New Boost.

1/16/1934 – At the Lyceum Theatre – “Three Little Pigs”, plus Janet Gaynor, Will Rogers, Lew Ayres, and Sally Eilers in “State Fair.”

1/16/1929 – Dr. E. H. McClister has been elected president of Armstrong County Medical Society.

1/16/1929 – The death of W. L. Peart and his wife, Virginia Sloan Peart, occurred nine hours apart at their home on Hawthorne Avenue in Kittanning.

1/16/1929 – Kittanning High School quintet defeated Ford City High 21-17 last night.