Historical Headlines – January 22

1/22/1969 – Senator Albert Pechan of Ford City announced that he has recommended that the state highway project to widen Route 66 from the intersection of Route 128 (Graff Hollow) to the Appleby Manor Church be deleted from the master plan. Pechan said he is confident that the completion of the Allegheny Valley Expressway to Brookville will eliminate the present traffic problem on Route 66. The proposed project to make the present two-lane highway into a four-lane highway has been met with heavy opposition from local residents.

1/22/1969 – Every tenth year since 1939, the summer homes in the Godfrey-Johnetta area have been threatened by winter ice jams on the Allegheny River and it is true for 1969. Currently water is flowing beneath the five-mile jam, but a warm spell may bring more mountain melt and ice water into the Allegheny River, causing flooding and other damage by the crushing ice. Leechburg Mayor Edgar Groves, who has a summer home in Godfrey, told reporters that he feels the situation is serious, and if there is a thaw, or if the ice moves down from Brady’s Bend, then damage to the resort area is more than likely.

1/22/1969 – Five Ford City young men who are members of the musical rock group “The Ivazhun” are planning to make a recording for Apple Records of London, England, at New York City. They will leave Ford City on January 31 for New York and stay there 4 days. The group is composed of Ray Brink, 23, vocalist and composer; Jim Rich, 23, bass guitarist; Rich Pella, 21, lead guitarist; Dave Remis, 18, drummer; and Tom Louviaux, 18, pianist and organist. They have an average of four years of musical experience with orchestras or groups and the present group was formed from three others. The name of the new group is a misspelling of Invasion to attract attention. The group will record “And I Need You,” and “Summertime.” Both were composed by Brink, who attended Duquesne University where he majored in music.

1/22/1969 – The 54th anniversary of Kiwanis International and the 43rd anniversary of the Ford City Kiwanis Club was observed last night during a weekly dinner meeting at the Latin-American Club. Edward J. Steiner, a past present of the club, told that Dan Core was the first president in 1926. Since that time, the club has had 44 presidents. William Huffman, this year’s president, is the 44th. Steiner said there are 17 active past presidents who have served between 1940 until now.

1/22/1964 – Richard Wolfe, former division leader of Kiwanis, recalled the organization’s early history for Kittanning members in a program last night marking the 48th anniversary of its founding.

1/22/1964 – Dr. Frank McNutt of Ford City was elected president of the medical staff of Armstrong County Memorial Hospital during a meeting of the group today.

1/22/1959 – A January thaw turned loose the twin terrors of ice and high water in the Allegheny Valley, causing untold millions of dollars damage. The river rose more than 15 feet between midnight and 7AM today.

1/22/1959 – A mysterious explosion occurred in the front vestibule of the basement-flooded First United Methodist Church, causing damage to doors and the floor. It is supposed that the explosion was caused by an accumulation of sewer gas.

1/22/1959 – Two runaway barges hit the bridge over the flood-swollen Allegheny River in Freeport, knocking one span into the river. The damage was expected to sound the death of half-century old bridge and possible hasten construction of a replacement crossing.

1/22/1954 – Ground-breaking ceremonies for the new St. James Roman Catholic Church and parpchial school are scheduled for January 31.

1/22/1954 – Richard V. Murphy, former Kittanning resident, has joined the plant engineering staff of Pittsburgh Plate Glass Industries Works Four, according to Vance S. Firestone, plant engineer. Murphy’s wife and son will move from Steubenville, Ohio to this district.

1/22/1949 – Five men were critically injured in an explosion at Avonmore. The explosion occurred when the men were pouring six tons of molten metal. The blast showered the pouring platform with molten steel.

1/22/1949 – A $45,000 remodeling job has been completed at the Hartman Hotel in Apollo.

1/22/1944 – Louis M. Rocco, unmarried New Bethlehem RD5 resident, was killed almost instantly in a mine accident. He apparently became caught in a cutting machine while at work in the Senaca Mine of South Hill Coal Company at Hogback Hill.

1/22/1944 – A school for all employers’ representatives and any other persons engaged in filing income tax returns will be held, it was announced by the Bureau of Internal Revenue in New Kensington post office building.

1/22/1934 – Dean Henry of Kelly Station has been appointed tax collector for Bethel Township to fill a vacancy caused by the resignation of Mrs. Otta Myers.

1/22/1934 – John M. McCracken, for several years manager of Widmann-Teah Drug Store here, left for Bradford to assume duties as manager of the Bradford store of the same company. R. B. Kime of Indiana has arrived to be manager of the Kittanning store.

1/22/1929 – Former County Commissioner S. I. Montgomery is preparing to open a grocery store on Woodward Avenue. Also, the F. W. Woolworth Company announced it will open a store in the Empire Building, Market Street, Kittanning.