Historical Headlines – February 15

2/15/1969 – A car collided with a moving Penn Central RR freight train at the Dewey Street crossing at 11AM today and injured the driver of the car, Christopher Johnson, 17, of MR10 Butler Road, a Kittanning High School student.

2/15/1969 – A Kittanning High School student was killed and two girl companions injured today in a one-car accident on Red Mill Road. John Puskar, 16, of Kittanning RD6 was a passenger in a car operated by Deborah DeLong, 17, of McGrann. Puskar was pronounced deceased shortly after the 12:35 AM crash. DeLong and another passenger, Karen Boyd, 17, of Ford City, were treated at the hospital and released.

2/15/1969 – Armstrong School District psychologist Richard Ciuca, 33, of Vandergrift was killed early today when his out-of-control car went over an embankment near New Kensington. ­

2/15/1969 – Buffalo Valley’s sharpshooters posted a 967-964 over Kittanning yesterday in an Allegheny Valley Rifle League match at Kittanning.

2/15/1969 – Area young people formed a Young Republican Club and voted unanimously to organize and affiliated with the state young republican organization.

2/15/1969 – Mrs. M.B. Gutshall, Deputy Secretary of Mines and Minerals for the Commonwealth of PA will be the guest speaker at the First Armstrong County Council of Republican Women’s Annual Lincoln Day Dinner tonight at 6:30 PM in the VFW home, Bailey Avenue, Ford City. She has been involved in the Department since the James Administration in 1942. She became the first woman to ever  hold a sub-cabinet position in the Department, and the first woman in such a position in the entire nation.

2/15/1969 – Mr. & Mrs. James Vensel of 210 Garfield Street, West Kittanning, will observe their 64th wedding anniversary today with a family dinner. The Vensels had six children, five of whom are living: Leslie A. of N. McKean Street, Kittanning; Dale of North Hills, Pittsburgh; Blaine of Franklin, PA; Mrs. Robert Lemmon of Modesto CA; and Mrs. Dale Smart of North Crescent Drive, Kittanning. Their son, Homer, is deceased.  Mr. Vensel worked for the PA State Highway for about 27 years and is retired. He is well-known for his square dance calling. The Vensels are members of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Kittanning.

2/15/1964 – As part of its cultural activities program, Kittanning and Ford City Woman’s Club will offer a stage play, “Mississippi Mark”, in Kittanning Junior High School auditorium.

2/15/1964 – Judge J. Frank Graff will head Middle Armstrong County’s new $200,000 industrial development campaign to start March 1.

2/15/1954 – Sam Yount was elected president of a newly organized Parent Teacher Association. The organization meeting was held in Ford Cliff schoolhouse.

2/15/1954 – An unreasonable warm spell sent temperatures to springtime levels as a mass of mild air from the mid-west hovered over Armstrong County sending the thermometer as high as 70 degrees with the overnight low predicted at a pleasant 50 degrees.

2/15/1954 – William Russell, owner of Kittanning Paint and Glass Co., feted four men who helped him establish his business four years ago. Dinner was served to John Stroud, John Lukowsky, Sam Ford, and Nick Turco. Dove Garbart of Washington, a member of the original group, was unable to attend.

2/15/1949 – John Snyder of Dayton RD 2, who was injured Feb 7 when he was pinned between a tractor and a wall of the Snyder Implement store where he was employed, is in the Armstrong County Memorial Hospital. He received injuries to his pelvis and side in the accident.

2/15/1949 – Lawson Claypoole, 81-year old resident of Worthington RD 2 underwent an operation for an infected left leg.  A metal which had been inserted in the leg when it was broken 14 years ago was removed.

2/15/1944 – Ten members of Kittanning Boys’ Band will go to Ellwood City to participate in the mid-West District band festival. Local school representatives will be Norman King, Stanley Pollock, John Tarr, Jack Skinner, David Morrow, Richard Van Sicc., Eugene Golla, Paul Neff, Ralston Cox and Paul Greenawalt.

2/15/1944 – Armstrong County’s Civilian population has decreased 14 percent from April 1, 1940 to Nov. 1, 1943, the Census Bureau reported at Washington.

2/15/1944 – Four days after the death of his wife, Daniel Brodhead Heiner died in his house at 290 N Jefferson St. He had served as district attorney of Armstrong County, and in 1892 was elected to Congress. He served 24 years as Internal Revenue collector.

2/15/1939 – Ford City. “Our Glassers” who have crushed the ambitions of many another enemy this year, cut down Homestead High one of the most illustrious basketball clubs in Western Pennsylvania with a 44-34 victory before a capacity house here.

2/15/1939 – An estimated 1,000 persons were in attendance at the Columbia Theater for the third annual farm show sponsored by Snyder Implement Store of Kittanning.

2/15/1934 – Vacant first floor rooms in the Keystone building, North McKean Street, have been leased to Elmer Cornman for restaurant purposes.

2/15/1934 – The M. R. Bowser meat market will be in new quarters in the Schotts-Greenbaum building  on Feb 26. A contractor has been signed with Henry Shaffer Lumber Company for moving the equipment of the store from its present location in the Kittanning Market to the former business place of the Kelcik Market.

2/15/1929 – “In Old Louisiana” was presented by the music department of Kittanning High School. The cast included Katherine Colligan, George Jack, King Bender, Louis Banks, Bruce Button, David Doverspike, Lester Hampton, Helen Bonstein, James Downs, and Kenneth Shaner.

2/15/1929 – The Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company will open a new food market at 224 Market Street.