Historical Headlines – March 15

3/15/1969 – Armstrong School District directors said today that a new elementary building will probably be placed at Worthington in spite of an architect’s proposal to the contrary. Board president Dr. Donald Minteer said a resolution to acquire an East Franklin Township site for school purposes did not alter the district’s long-range plan for construction at Worthington.

3/15/1969 – A total of 450 farmers in Armstrong County have signed up to take part in the 1969 feed grain and wheat programs. It represents 3375 acres of the county’s 15,100 total corn, sorghum, barley base acres. Producers have signed 390 wheat farms, or 33% of the county’s total wheat farms with allotments of 7752 acres.

3/15/1969 – School taxes in Armstrong County as a whole during the current 1968-69 school year have jumped $95,704 – or two percent – over the past 1967-68 school year. Taxes are projected to produce $4,898,630 during the current school year.

3/15/1969 – Robert Scaife, for many years general superintendent in charge of construction for Henry Shaffer Lumber Co., today announced sale of his interest in the company to Mr. and Mrs. David Elliott, Kittanning RD 7.

3/15/1969 – A total of 450 farmers in Armstrong County have signed up through March 14 to take part in the 1969 feed, wheat and grain programs, according to Arthur Rupp, chairman of the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation County Committee.

3/15/1969 – Stanley Suwala and Doug Charley gave the Ford City Saber basketball team its one-two punch during the past season and were voted the most valuable players by their teammates.

3/15/1954 – An Air Force salvage crew removed wreckage of a F88 Saberjet from a Garretts Run farm Saturday, trucking the “junk” through Kittanning during the afternoon. The plane crashed Wednesday evening on the Raymond Rothwell farm in Kittanning Township, causing several back injuries to Lt. Woodrow Shahboz of Chicago, who was flying out of Greater Pittsburgh.

3/15/1954 – The way was clear today for advertisement of bids for construction of Kittanning’s new $2 million high school building.

3/15/1949 – Armstrong County Assemblymen W. Stuart Helm and W. Mack Guthrie last night introduced a bill in the state legislature to appropriate $1,500,000 from the general fund to construct a bridge over the Allegheny River midway between Kittanning and East Brady.

3/15/1949 – Henry A. Hudson was elected to the position of executive secretary, Armstrong County Chapter of the American Red Cross, as the Board of Directors met last night.

3/15/1949 – The body of Mrs. Iona Ashe, 36, of Warren, Ohio, was taken out of the Allegheny River at Verona by police Monday. Mrs. Ashe was a passenger in a car driven by Floyd Johnstown, on Jan. 28 when it left the highway about 500 feet from the east borough limits of Leechburg and plunged into the Kiskiminetas River.

3/15/1944 – Military funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at the family home in Cadogan for Cpl. Arnold Goodman, 25 year-old Cadogan native who died March 8 of a gunshot would at Perry Army Air Field, Ga.

3/15/1944 – The hiring of a school nurse, a plan which Kittanning school board has had under advisement for some time, met with final approval of directors at their meeting at Central School offices Tuesday evening.

3/15/1939 – Friends of J. R. Einstein, local men’s merchant who will round out 50 years of service on Market Street the first of next month, today advanced plans to honor him at a testimonial dinner.

3/15/1939 – Schoolboy basketball is big business. An authoritative estimate today was that the three WPIAL championship tournament games in Pittsburgh had claimed expenditures of from $8,000 to $10,000. There was a total of $4,816 tickets sold there for the three contests.

3/15/1939 – Two hundred seventy-one dollars have been realized to date from the annual concert of the Kittanning Boys’ Band. They presented at two matinees and an evening performance in the high school auditorium last week.

3/15/1934 – Ford City: George “Judy” Mraz was winner in the first match of the seven-pocket billiard tournament at Mack’s billiard parlor here, defeating Bill Monroe in two out of three games.

3/15/1934 – Funeral services for James Fisher of Dormont, a former resident of Kittanning, were held Wednesday afternoon at the home of Mrs. Fisher’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. John S. Frederick of East Market St., Kittanning.

3/15/1929 – Word has been received at the local post office that after August 1930 no person in the employ of the post office department can be employed for a period of more than four years after the retirement age of 65.

3/15/1929 – The Rev. Melvine Crump of Millvale, N. J. has accepted a call to the pastorate of First Baptist Church at Ford City.

3/15/1929 – Louis Shellhammer, farmer of Mateer, is in serious condition in the hospital from injuries received yesterday in an accident on the Spring Church road.