Historical Headlines – January 23

1/23/1969 – Leechburg sources said today that the merger of Kensington Electric in Bethel Township with Apollo Industries, a New York-based holding company, was approved today. Officials were unavailable for comment.

1/23/1969 – A work stoppage at Ferguson Manufacturing Corporation located on Old Butler Road, lasted for only a few hours on January 21. The incident involved what both sides today said was a minor misunderstanding between employees and management was quickly resolved. It was the first work stoppage in the company’s 11-year history. Bob Ferguson, operations manager, told reporters that production returned to normal early Tuesday morning after the workers’ grievance had been rectified.

1/23/1969 – Preparation of the site in North Buffalo Township where the General-Electric Company will build a heat-treating facility was scheduled to begin today. The first step will be the grading of the site, which is located on the Allegheny River south of the Borough of Applewold. Construction on the building is scheduled to begin in April. When the plant is completed in 1970, it will employ some 25 people. Land for the project was purchased from the Linde Division of Union Carbide last August.

1/23/1969 – The Emergency Operating Center will definitely begin operation on April 1. Chairman Gerald R. Shuster of Kittanning said the radio equipment has been delivered and the telephone work has been completed. The 77 applicants for the possible 12 positions as control operators have been evaluated. Those hired will receive a two-week training program before they begin work at the center. EOC is located in the basement of the courthouse and will centralize fire, police, civil defense, and ambulance communications for 19 municipalities in the county.

1/23/1969 – Officers were elected for the 1969 year for the Ladies Auxiliary of Manor Township Fire Company. Isabell Walbert was elected president. Maxine Danihel will serve as vice-president. Kathleen Stepp was named secretary, and Rachel Miller was selected treasurer.

1/23/1968 – The intelligence ship USS Pueblo was seized by North Korea on this date.

1/23/1964 – Kittanning patrolman Eugene Hudson missed his first day of duty last night in 10 years after he injured his left foot and right arm in a fall on the steps of his home at 255 South Jefferson Street.

1/23/1964 – Attorney Blair F. Green has been elected president for 1964 of Armstrong County Bar Association. Others elected were James McClister, vice-president; David Suckling, secretary; and R. A. House, Jr., treasurer.

1/23/1959 – Parker declared in a state of emergency by Governor David L. Lawrence, continues to dig itself out of over three feet of ice. Mayor M. A. Schoffner said that damage to the 27 businesses and five homes threatened to reach over $750,000.

1/23/1959 – Ford City Union School District Board members adopted a resolution requiring retirement of teachers or administrators at the age of 65.

1/23/1954 – Two 17-year-old Kiski youths today admitted a gunpoint stickup Tuesday night at Clara’s Service Station, Route 66, four miles north of Leechburg.

1/23/1954 – The Rev. Gordon Bracker will conclude tomorrow a 6-1/2 year ministry in the First Brethren Church, West Kittanning. He will preach at both morning and evening services.

1/23/1954 – An elderly Troy Hill resident, Edward Gugar, last night escaped barefoot from his blazing two-room home which caught on fire from an overheated stove.

1/23/1954 – “The Cannibal Queen” has been chosen as the annual dramatic production of the Senior Class of the Dayton High School.

1/23/1939 – Gilpin Township School District has sold a $37,000 issue of bonds to Farmers National  Bank of Kittanning, the highest of nine bidders. The bonds were floated to finance township costs in the new consolidated grade school which will be built with aide of Public Works Administration funds.

1/23/1939 – W. A. Nicholson of Queen Street, a former member of Kittanning Town Council, fell on ice on McKean Street and broke his right leg.

1/23/1939 – Mrs. Ada Norling of East Kittanning is in Armstrong County Memorial Hospital suffering from a fractured leg which she received in a fall on ice on Oak Avenue.

1/23/1934 – The Ford Street A&P Store is undergoing a complete remodeling. New equipment will be installed.

1/23/1934 – M. R. Bowser, for the past five years operator of the meat department in Kittanning Market, will open within the next few months a new meat market in the room formerly occupied by the Kelcik Market.

1/23/1929 – Roy W. Pollock was elected president of Armstrong County Real Estate Board at an annual meeting yesterday.

1/23/1929 – Kittanning attorney, J. P. Culbertson, died at his home on Vine Street.  John Barker, 44, died at his home in Valley Township, 11 days after the death of his wife.