Historical Headlines – April 17

04/17/1969 – What pressures state legislators might have encountered from their respective tax payer’s league in the past may be just a breeze if Richard Mix, head of the Armstrong County Tax Payer’s League has anything to say about it.

04/17/1969 – Two former Kittanning-ites, Mr. & Mrs. Dale Vensel of Pittsburgh, are owners of the Paper Poppie, a party goods and gift items store that is opening today at 107 South Jefferson Street in Kittanning. The establishment will feature Hallmark greeting cards and other stationery items. Mrs. Thomas Hawley of West Kittanning and Mrs. Ruth Beck of Jefferson Street will staff the store.

04/17/1969 – Kittanning Free Library is getting too big for its building and too poor, the board of trustees fear, to do anything about it.

04/17/1969 – By the end of this year, more than one-half of the Allegheny Valley Expressway from Kittanning to Pittsburgh will be co­mpleted or under construction, the Pennsylvania Department of Highways predicts.

04/17/1969 – Fourteen KHS Concert Band members received trophies last night at the Spring Banquet of Kittanning Band Mothers Auxiliary at Bethel Township Firehall. The students included: Suzanne House, Debbie Dowling, Mary Ann Ritrosky, Sharon Lucas, Alice Young, Debbie Vause, Sandy Harnish, Dave Long, Richard Painter, Larry Magdy, Richard Dosch, John Dalzell, Edward Thompson, and William Sickenberger.

04/17/1964 – Miss Ann Cribbs of Kittanning Senior High School and Miss Bonnie Phillips of Ford City High School were awarded $100 scholarships by members of the Professional and Business Women’s Club. The awards were presented by Mrs. D. Dale Claypool, guidance counselor at Ford City and chairman of the Scholarship Committee.

04/17/1959 – Highest honor to a Scouter in the Pioneer Trails Council, the Silver Beaver award was presented to Elmer Greer of Appleby Manor Scout unit. Mrs. Greer was given an orchid in appreciation for her work in the scouting organization.

04/17/1959 – Harold Fox, 37, of 226 Ridge Ave., Applewold,  was killed when the car he was driving failed to go around a curve on the Templeton Road and ran over him after he was thrown out.

04/17/1954 – Misses Joyce M. Camp and Mary Kathryn Bower, student nurses at Allegheny General School of Nursing, Pittsburgh, were capped at recent ceremonies for the freshmen class.

04/17/1954 – Ford City: The wail of a fire truck siren will start the annual Easter Egg Hunt in the borough park tomorrow afternoon.

04/17/1954 – The Christian church’s most solemn day of the year – Good Friday – was marked yesterday with three-hour services and special evening services in many Armstrong County churches.

04/17/1944 – Yatesboro Marine Loses Sight of Right Eye in Occupation of Eniwetok. Pvt. John W. Lancaster now Patient in Naval Hospital at San Diego, Calif.

04/17/1944 – Photographic equipment virtually irreplaceable until after the war, was destroyed and property loss was estimated at more than $25,000 when Kittanning’s most spectacular fire in nearly two decades roared through Leister’s photographic studio and camera shop and American grocery store, N. McKean St.

04/17/1939 – Members of the recently organized Applewold Volunteer Fire Department received their charter at a meeting held in Applewold schoolhouse. Attorney Peter Calarie of Kittanning made the presentation.

04/17/1939 – Victim of the second automobile fatality within a three-day period, Clinton Rimel, 57 of Kittanning RD 6, died in Armstrong County Memorial Hospital of injuries received when he was hit by a car on Route 66 near Mechling’s garage, East Kittanning.

04/17/1934 – Apollo people united Monday to honor their last surviving veteran of the Civil War. To the home of Sylvester S. Hildebrand, 213 Armstrong Avenue, went hundreds of postcards in a shower of mail celebrating the birthday of the veteran who was 87 years old yesterday.

04/17/1934 – The Rev. William F. Schacht, 66, minister of St. Paul’s Reformed Church, Sugarcreek Township and Trinity Reformed Church, Bradys Bend, died while working in his garden.

04/17/1934 – Mr. and Mrs. Henry Wick of South McKean St. quietly celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary.

04/17/1929 – A miniature gold basketball was presented to each member of Kittanning High School team by the Kittanning Rotary Club.

04/17/1929 – The U.S. Lighthouse Tender Greenbrier made its first trip of the season up the Allegheny River.