Historical Headlines – February 18

2/18/1969 – The Armstrong County School Board last night approved building applications for Armstrong School District, Freeport Area Join School District, and Lenape Vocational-Technical School. ASD filed for West Hills High School, which will house 1,800 students in grades 10-12 at a cost of $10.25 million. Lenape will spend $3 million for additions to the current school. Freeport will build an administration building of 3,000 square feet of administrative space and 3,000 feet of storage space at the corner of High and 4th Streets in Freeport at an estimated $100,000.

2/18/1969 – The Kittanning Telephone Company will lower bills of 70 subscribers in the Worthington exchange by $1,270 a year. The savings is a result of creation of a special zone rate in the exchange’s secondary calling area. Two-party line service will have a monthly rate of $3.75 for residential customers and $6.50 for business subscribers.

2/18/1969 – Jerome D. Lombardi, associate in the law firm of Ashe & Ashe Kittanning, has been elected president of the Armstrong County Chapter of the American Bar Association for 1969.

2/18/1969 – After ten years as a member of the Armstrong County School Board, Donald E. Foringer last night resigned as a member of the board, effective March 1.

2/18/1969 – D. Dale Claypool announced today that he would be a candidate for Armstrong County District Attorney on the Republican ticket. The race for D.A. was thrown wide open with the announcement today that incumbent Harry A. Heilman Jr. would not seek another term, completing 12 years serving the county, being first elected in 1957.

2/18/1969 – Christopher Johnson, 17, of Kittanning MR10 (Butler Road) continues to improve in the local hospital. The youth was critically injured when the car he was driving ran into the side of a northbound Penn Central freight train at the Dewey Street crossing here. The Kittanning High School teenager suffered a  broken arm, punctured lung, and lacerations in the accident.

2/18/1969 – Three student nurses – Patricia Walker of Ford City, Karen Stivason of Kittanning,  and Frances Moore formerly of Kittanning – received their caps at Citizens General Hospital School of Nursing in New Kensington.

2/18/1969 – Mark Snyder, son of Mr. & Mrs. Elmer Snyder of Cowansville, attended a Congressional Breakfast for Boy Scouts in Washington DC as a guest of Rep. John P. Saylor. Snyder is a member of Troop 673 led by William Clepper. Snyder is looking forward to attending the Seventh National Boy Scout Jamboree along with other members of his troop.

2/18/1964 – Homemakers of Tomorrow in the Betty Crocker Search for the American Homemaker for Tomorrow have been announced in numerous high schools in Armstrong and Southern Clarion counties. They are Lois Sturgeon, Dayton; Sandra Snow, East Brady; Claudia Birch, Ford City; Carol Welter, Freeport; Velvet Smith, Kittanning; Rosemary Bryan, Leechburg; Brenda Smith, Redbank Valley; Joan Patterson, Shannock Valley; and Audrey Giff, Worthington.

2/18/1959 – As Pittsburgh Plate Glass Industries in Ford City, picked up production speed, more than half of the 2,500 employees were back on the job yesterday.

2/18/1959 – County Commissioner Ross B. McIlwain will retire from political office at the end of his present term this year, after 20 years as an Armstrong County official. McIlwain said that he will not for any office at the coming election. He plans to devote his time to his general store, located at Shady Plain, between Apollo and Shelocta.

2/18/1954 – Kittanning Justice of the Peace James F. Foulis will celebrate his 82nd birthday anniversary tomorrow. He is serving his 17th year as justice of the peace in the First Ward.

2/18/1954 – The Kittanning Office of the Veterans Administration completed its eighth year of service to veterans in this area early this month. The office, situated in Armstrong County Courthouse, serves 14,385 veterans in Armstrong County and also veterans in surrounding counties.

2/18/1954 – Leechburg Clarence O. Morris of Kittanning will close the law office which he has maintained here for more than half a century.  In point of service, he is the fourth oldest practicing attorney in the county. He will continue a practice at his Kittanning office.

2/18/1949 – A 75-year old Apollo man was killed instantly when he was struck by a westbound diesel locomotive of the Pennsylvania Railroad at the railroad crossing in West Apollo.

2/18/1949 – A truck driver was instantly killed at Rimer when his bakery truck crashed into a moving freight train. Joseph D. Travis, 36, of 312 Woodland Ave., Punxsutawney, operated the Morningstar Bakeries, Inc. truck that ran between two freight cars of the moving train.

2/18/1949 – A Kelly Station man was killed in an attempt to control his runaway automobile on Troy Hill. James Cross, 37,of Kelly Station steered the machine while he stood on the left running board. The car climbed and embankment and flipped onto the roadway on its left side, pinning Cross underneath.

2/18/1944 – W. Mack Guthrie of Apollo was one of three Republican legislators who filed petitions in Harrisburg for the party nomination for re-election. Guthrie was elected state assemblyman in a special election last fall to succeed Herbert G. Gates, Kittanning, who resigned.

2/18/1944 – Raymond H. McKissick, who gave up his job as game protector in Armstrong County several months ago to accept the position of probation officer of the county, was paid high tribute by speakers at the fifth annual banquet of Armstrong County Sportsmen’s League held in the Lutheran parish house.

2/18/1939 – Although the working force at Mahoning dam site near Dayton continues small, with clearing operations underway and surveys in progress for the construction of a spur from the Pittsburg and Shawmut railroad lines for the dam site, a large increase in personnel is expected soon.

2/18/1939 – Fire destroyed the Grant Sayers homestead of Haysville (near Redbank).

2/18/1939 – In seeking to broaden the basis of hospitalization, Armstrong County hospital is utilizing the medium of Hospital Service Association to place its facilities before the public, it is announced.

2/18/1929 – The Kittanning basketeers defeated Kaylor Jassies 21-8 at Kaylor.

2/18/1929 – Hayes Garbarino announced that he had tendered his resignation as manager of Columbia Temple theaters and Dominick Serrao of Kittanning Theater Company