Historical Headlines – March 5

3/05/1969 – Kittanning women will join millions of others all over the world on Friday in observing a World Day of prayer for international peace and understanding.

3/05/1969 – Delores V. Kropinak of Kittanning MR 10 (Pine Hill) and Susan Lee Beatty of Apollo RD 4 were named to the dean’s list for the first semester at Slippery Rock State College, a college spokesman announced today.

3/05/1969 – Mrs. Dorothy Claypoole, widow of Randall H. Claypoole, today announced her candidacy for the Republican nomination for tax collector of West Franklin Township. She has owned and operated her late husband’s limespreading business for the past 17 years. She has two children: Dwight and Charlene Claypoole.

3/05/1969 – Paul Carnes, 49, of MR10 Kittanning ran off Route 422 around 2AM today just after clearing the western end of the Kittanning Bridge and collided with a section of guard rails.  He suffered abrasions in the mishap.

3/05/1964 – Special summer study courses were discussed by a panel of school experts during last night’s meeting of Pleasant View Parent-Teacher Association. Purpose of the program is to increase the reading ability of pupils by determining the potential ability of the pupil and diagnosing the cause of reading problems.

3/05/1959 – A meeting was announced for next week to reorganize the Armstrong County Softball League. It will be the fourth year for the loop, which has grown in size each season.

3/05/1959 – Rural Valley firemen have made their choice of a new fire truck, which they expect to be delivered some time in July. Charles Moore, fire chief, said the American La France pumper will cost approximately $16,000.

3/05/1954 – James G. Callas was administered the oath of office as assistant district attorney of Armstrong County.

3/05/1954 – Walk Chalk Fire Makes 10 Homeless Members of Two Families Suffer Heavy Loss as Blaze Eats Through Home.

3/05/1954 – Red Cross Volunteers Instructed Advance Contributions Total $3,300 toward Armstrong Goal of $20,000.

3/05/1954 – Redbank Valley Deadlocked Anew On School Site. Dissatisfaction With Fairmount City Location Puts Big Board in Turmoil.

3/05/1949 – Movement of two 90-ton atom smasher coils from a river barge tied at Kittanning’s Lock no. 7 onto trucks has been delayed until engineers solve the problem of transfer.

3/05/1949 – Freeport Brick Company has broken ground for two new kilns which are part of a $50,000 expansion program for 1949. When completed the plant will have a capacity of 17,000,000 bricks a year.

3/05/1934 – Richard Beale, 19-year old son of Mr. and Mrs. James Neale of Freeport-Ford City Road narrowly escaped death when a rifle he was carrying discharged, sending a bullet through the lower part of his chest. (Editor’s note: A typo was made in the original story and perpetuated through subsequent editions. If anyone knows the family’s actual last name, contact the Kittanning Paper office at 724-543-6397).

3/05/1934 – Parker Glass Plant Closed by Flood. Gorge At Monterey Sends Water Into Town – Ice Cakes In Streets Today. Ice From Clarion Comes Booming Into River On Flood Stage Waters – Crooked Creek on Rampage – Ice Here Is Moving.

3/05/1929 – Ford City Town Council voted unanimously to aid in creating a Free Public Library.

3/05/1929 – A special ten-coach train took 540 Kittanning and Ford City fans to the basketball play-off game at New Kensington. Ford City won 16-10.