Historical Headlines – February 12

2/12/1969 – Valley High’s Vikings shaded Kittanning in overtime here last night, 70-67, to remain in the thick of the Sec. 1-A basketball race.

2/12/1969 – State Senator Albert Pechan said today that he opposes the governor’s enactment of an income tax. He believes legislators to curtail the State’s ever increasing programs. He said a large segment of the population seems to be in a continuous demand for more State-funded programs. The senator is considered in the minority in his opinion.

2/12/1969 – Customers of the Kittanning Telephone Co. will begin paying in advance for local service when the Mid-Continent System Computer Center is in full operation here, T.A. Weeter, president announced.

2/12/1969 – Mark Riskosky, son of John Riskosky of Ford Cliff and Mrs. Mildred Knopic of Arnold, has been placed on the Dean’s List of California State College, California, Pa.

2/12/1969 – Joseph B. Frick announced today he is seeking his second term as sheriff of Armstrong County on the Republican ticket in the May primary.

2/12/1964 – The word out of Apollo today that the Numec workers had voted to end their strike was a welcome relief to the busy Kiski Valley. The strike, touched off by differences of opinion between United Steelworkers local and the Nuclear Equipment and Materials Corporation, had been going on for more than 40 days.

2/12/1959 – Miss Carole Walker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John R. Walker of Rural Valley RD 1 and a senior at Shannock Valley High School, will represent her school at District Orchestra in Dayton.

2/12/1959 – Henry Hammer was named president of Manor Township Volunteer Fire Company to serve for the 1959 term. The election took place as the firefighters met at the Manor Township firehall in McGrann.

2/12/1954 – Mr. and Mrs. Homer Hufhand of Manorville have received word of the safe arrival of their daughter-in-law Mrs. William Hufhand and granddaughter in Okinawa. There they joined T-Hufhand, who has been on the island since August.

2/12/1954 – J. C. Stuchel, former Armstrong County school teacher, will begin full-time work Feb 13 in the Union National Bank, New Brighton, after instructing students in mathematics for years.

2/12/1954 – Salvation Army personnel are reported pleased with recent purchase by the Armstrong County Commissioners of a portable organ to be used by the religious group at weekly service at the county jail.

2/12/1949 – The body of Pfc. Woodrow E. Montgomery of Adrian RD 1, son of Mrs. Mary (Zellefrow) Montgomery and the late Thomas A. Montgomery, is to arrive in Kittanning. Pvt. Montgomery was 26 years of age when he was killed in action in Okinawa on May 11, 1945.

2/12/1949 – Tax rate will be 15 mills for Manorville Borough residents, councilmen decided. This is an increase of two mills over last year. The solons contemplate improving at least seven streets this year.

2/12/1949 – Effort To Save Apollo Steel Under Way. Future of Mill Hinges on Ability to Effect Operation Economies Union Asked To Permit Hiring of Additional Crews To Eliminate Overtime.

2/12/1944 – Armstrong County residents faced a “shut-in” weekend with high winds driving rural roads closed and the weather bureau forecasting continued cold until Monday.

2/12/1944 – The Purple Heart medal has been awarded posthumously to James G. Mitchell, 22, former Elderton man who was killed Nov. 12, 1943, while serving with a paratroop infantry unit of the US Army in Italy.

2/12/1934 – An eight-room frame house, owned by F. H. Himes, Ford City RD 1, and tenanted by Albert Himes was completely destroyed by fire, together with large quantities of food and most of the property of Himes.

2/12/1934 – Nine Armstrong County persons began a census of business in the county as one of the numerous “white-collar” CWA jobs which have been under advisement.

2/12/1934 – Thought to have inhaled flames from a fire which was razing his home at Georgetown, near Leechburg, Louis Csobody, was found dead in his home. His body was discovered after Leechburg firemen, who were called at 5:30 a.m., succeeded in bringing flames under control.

2/12/1929 – The mercury registered exactly zero this morning, after dropping 20 degrees in a few hours.

2/12/1929 – Madge Cochran, seven-year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Cochran of Templeton, was killed when struck by a Pennsylvania Railroad locomotive.