Historical Headlines – February 14

2/14/1969 – A Kittanning insurance agent was hospitalized this morning with injuries suffered in a chain reaction accident involving two cars and a truck near the Kittanning Bridge at 9:10 AM. A car driven by Owen Slagle Jr. of Adrian RD1 was struck in the rear by a truck operated by Larry R. Stoner of New Castle RD6 when the truck brakes failed as it was turning off the bridge onto South Water Street. Slagle’s car was forced into the rear of a car operated by Clarence R. Mosier of Adrian RD1.

2/14/1969 – Abraham Lincoln has been given a shave and a haircut as a 160th birthday present. The new look appears on the U.S. penny, starting with 1969 coins. The previous look debuted in 1909. As the years wore on, the craggy, bearded Lincoln features broadened and a topknot of hair began to appear. The words “In God We Trust” and “Liberty” flattened out and began crowding the edge of the coin. The change brought the words back into proper distance, a spokesman said.

2/14/1969 – Kittanning High’s wrestling team closed out its 1968-69 season here tonight against Hempfield Area seeking its 10th win in 13 starts.

2/14/1969 – Bids for a turn-key housing project has been submitted that will include a seven or eight story high-rise senior citizen apartment building with 100 units and 15 non-elderly (low income) units. It will include 60 efficiency apartments and four two-bedroom apartments. It is the County’s first attempt at a turn-key project.

2/14/1969 – The resignation of Mrs. Thelma S. Earley, as first-grade teacher in Pine Hill Elementary School was accepted by the Armstrong School District board last night.

2/14/1969 – The next step in financing the proposed addition to Lenape Vocational Technical School near Ford City was unanimously approved last night by the Armstrong School District directors.

2/14/1964 – The sound of metal on concrete will ring out at Armstrong County YMCA here tomorrow as students from Kittanning Senior High School have it out with some boys from Ford City High to see who can pick up the heaviest weight. Trophies for the meet are being provided by 20 Kittanning merchants.

2/14/1959 – The Ford City Glassers, minus their five senior players, bowed to Har-Brack on the winners’ floor. Stephen Hudek, sophomore at Ford City High, received a leg injury and was taken to Allegheny Valley Hospital at Natrona Heights where x-rays revealed no broken bones.

2/14/1959 – John A. Fox, retired Kittanning banker and business figure, died in Armstrong County Memorial Hospital following an illness of several weeks.

2/14/1959 – Armstrong County Commissioners and members of Kittanning Town Council will meet Gov. David L. Lawrence tomorrow as he arrives in Kittanning from Parker. He and local officials will review damage done by the January flood.

2/14/1949 – “Rosy” Rosewell of Pittsburgh, well-known sports broadcaster, furnished the evening’s entertainment at the annual banquet of Pine Township Volunteer Firemen’s Association. The purchase of a new fire truck was discussed.

2/14/1944 – Tightly wadded rolls of money totaling $2,293 were found in the pocket of clothing worn by Joseph A. Bolte, 72 year-old farm hand who fell dead near the Ed Roudybush home, Kittanning RD 5.

2/14/1944 – The Presbyterian Church of Yatesboro was destroyed with an estimate loss of $15,000 and two nearby homes were damaged by fire. Part of the loss is said to be covered by insurance.

2/14/1939 – Kittanning Rotary Club President Lawrence Thomas established himself as spelling star of the local club when he spelled down all opposition in a “bee” conducted by Rotarian Ed Cree.

2/14/1939 – Former high school athletes, team followers, sportsmen and members of the ’14-’17 Kittanning High School Alumni Club, 170 strong, paid tribute to members of the 1938-39 Wildcat football and basketball squads at a testimonial banquet at Hotel Alexander.

2/14/1934 – William C. Heidersdorf died at his home on Chestnut St.

2/14/1934 – Negotiations for rental of the old Kittanning Glass Company were expected to be closed some time today between Schenley Distillery Company and the owners of the building. The building will be used as a storeroom for bottles and will probably be rented on a month to month basis.

2/14/1929 – Word has been received that W. B. Morrison, formerly of Red Bank, was killed in an accident at Springfield, Ohio.

2/14/1929 – A new stage curtain at Ford City High School will be used first for the presentation of the play, “The Patsy”.