Historical Headlines – March 13

3/13/1969 – An original founder will serve as master of ceremonies tonight when Post 122 of Kittanning helps celebrate their 50th Anniversary of the American Legion. Judge J. Frank Graff, who attended the first caucus in Paris in 1919 that formed the American Legion, and who later helped draw up the charter for Post 122 in the same year, will act as emcee at tonight’s banquet at the Rayburn Township Fire Hall. Reservations have been accepted for 75 persons, although more may attend. Judge Graff, a major in the 28th Division’s 112th Infantry Regiment, served on the constitution committee in 1919 in Paris. More than 100 officers and men of the AEF attended the conference that helped form the nation’s largest veterans organization. Present membership in the local Legion totals about 208, of which at least 20 are veterans of the war in Vietnam.

3/13/1969 – Freeport Borough Council last night kept pace with inflation and passed the need for increased revenue through downtown shoppers by raising the one-cent parking meter price. Council agreed to purchase 75 new five and ten cent meters to be installed. The fine for over-time parking has been increased from 10-cents to 50-cents.

3/13/1969 – State Game Commission reports that 21,607 deer were killed by vehicles in Pennsylvania in 1968 – a drop of 1,000 from 1967 statistics, but still more than the number taken by hunters. The commission said another 6,000 deer were killed by dogs, because of crop damage, and illegally.

3/13/1969 – Signs were placed on the Freeport Bridge this week designating it as the Donald R. Lobaugh bridge. Lobaugh gave his life in winning the Congressional Medal of Honor during World War II. Lobaugh is the first Armstrong County Congressional Medal of Honor winner. He crawled 30 yards over barren terrain, threw a grenade and in the process was wounded. The enemy then concentrated its fire on him as he continued to crawl forward. He is credited with destroying an enemy machine gun nest that was being employed to cut off an escape route. He killed two more of the enemy before he was mortally wounded himself.

3/13/1969 – Edward Walbert of McGrann, a member of the Ford City American Legion Post and past district commander, has been named vice-chairman of the National Americanism Council Committee.

3/13/1969 – Weightlifters from Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York will converge on the Armstrong County YMCA Saturday for 4th annual Junior and Senior Mr. Armstrong County weightlifting and physique contests.

3/13/1964 – Work will begin in early April to prepare abandoned Buffalo Valley limestone mines for the growing of mushrooms. The deed to the last property required by Butler County Mushroom Farms, Inc., was put on record in Armstrong County courthouse today. A spokesman for MACADO which was instrumental in acquiring the key property said work of cleaning the interior of the mines will take most of the summer.

3/13/1959 – Harry Campbell, Kittanning High School senior was announced as first place winner in a contest sponsored by Kittanning Junior Chamber of Commerce.

3/13/1959 – Another step in the expansion of Armstrong County Memorial Hospital was accomplished as the cooling tower for the air conditioning system in the new wing of the building was installed. The air conditioning system, along with a stairwell and elevator shaft, will be situated in a “penthouse” on top of the fifth floor of the hospital.

3/13/1959 – A 33-year-old Kittanning School District janitor, Leroy A. Walker of Kittanning MR 10 (East Brady Road), fell to his death this morning through the ceiling of the senior high school gymnasium.

3/13/1954 – C. Nicely Hanner was lone candidate for the Armstrong County superintendent of schools post he now holds as the deadline for filling nears. Hanner has been superintendent of county schools since 1945.

3/13/1954 – New Vaccine May Provide Life-time Polio Immunity University of Pittsburgh Scientist Reports Experimental Findings.

3/13/1954 – Ford City: No Red Cross Solicitation To Be Done at Factories. Only Membership Appeal This Year To be made in House-to-House Canvass.

3/13/1944 – Woodrow Johns of Adrian narrowly escaped death or serious injury along N. Grant Ave. when a locomotive grazed the rear of his auto in such a manner as to rip a spare tire off its rack.

3/13/1939 – Explosion of an overheated stove in the living room started a blaze which quickly mushroomed over the home of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Mileski of the Cadogan-Freeport Road. Flames leveled the two-story frame dwelling in a short time.

3/13/1939 – Freak weather that resulted in ice and sleet in certain sections or “streaks” throughout the district crippled communication lines in some areas and caused heavy damage to trees.

3/13/1934 – The old Kirkpatrick Hotel in upper Rural Valley was damaged by fire of undetermined origin which broke out this morning, sending firemen hurrying to the scene. Damage to the building, occupied as a residence by David Kirkpatrick and owned jointly by him and a sister Mrs. Anna Brown, was confined to the upper floor and the roof. The building was Rural Valley’s leading hotel for many years.

3/13/1929 – Roy Wolfe has purchased the Liptow restaurant, Ford City, and expects to conduct an up-to-date eating place.

3/13/1929 – Simpsons’ Publishing Company completed negations yesterday for purchase of the Rupp property on N. Grant Ave.