Historical Headlines – April 24

04/24/1969 – Ford City PPG officials yesterday announced the promotion and transfer of George H. Crossett to assistant plant manager of PPG’s Work 7 at Cumberland, Md., effective May 1.

04/24/1969 – Charles A. Nath, 28, a former renewal assistant administrator for Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has taken over reins of executive director of Redevelopment Authority of the County of Armstrong. Nath will earn $14,500. He is assisted by Michael Morin, 27, formerly with Indiana County Redevelopment Authority, who replaces Thomas Lehner. Morin will earn $8,500.

04/24/1969 – California jury sentences Sirhan B. Sirhan to death for the killing of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy.

04/24/1969 – President Nixon asked Congress to boost the price of first class postage to 7 cents. Historically, prices have been 2 cents (1919), 3 cents (1932), 4 cents (1959), 5 cents (1963), 6 cents (1968, 7 cents (1969) and 8 cents in the near future.

04/24/1969 – The 21st Annual Kittanning Lions Club Variety Show will run for three days. The two-part production includes a variety show similar to the old black-face minstrel shows – minus the black faces – for half the program; and the remainder is a take-off of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” and “Zigfield’s Follies.” Dave Maloney and James Hartman are co-chairmen. William Hogenmiller handles production and Leslie Vensel handles the music.

04/24/1969 – St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Kittanning held confirmation service for: Cassandra Dillon, Tawn Armentrout, Bambi Armentrout, Theresa Shumaker, Diane Pontious, James Greenbaum, Thomas Butler, Robert Campbell, Matthew Dillon, Mi­chael Bishop, Kevin McIlwain, Marianne Hunia, Sandra Louttit, Faye Louttit, Curwin Everett, Judith Horner, Norman Paroli, Ralph Louttit, and Shirley Wiles Campbell.

04/24/1964 – Kittanning High and Har-Brack battled to a 1-1 tie in a baseball encounter at Lemmon Field.

04/24/1964 – Kenneth Grey was elected president of the Rayburn-Spaces Parent Teacher Association

04/24/1964 – The Salvation Army is almost 20 per cent along its way toward a $50,000 fund-raising goal.

04/24/1959 – Zigmund Charney, a member of St. Mary’s Boy Scout Troup 627 of Ford City was invested in the rank of an Eagle, Boy Scout’s highest award during a 49th anniversary dinner. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Charney of 1231 6th Ave., Ford City.

04/24/1959 – An enraged 1,200 bull crushed to death John C. Bernard, an 87-year-old Sugarcreek Township dairy farmer and came within a yard of claiming the life of William Schrecengost, a farmhand. Schrecengost shot the bull twice before it fell before him.

04/24/1954 – Laird McCanna, a Kittanning native, was killed this morning in a one-car automobile accident in the vicinity of Tionesta. McCanna, a teacher in Ellwood City High School, was going to Tionesta to join his twin brother, Lysle of Clarion, and a brother-in-law, Erdman Crose of Kittanning RD 3, for a weekend of fishing.

04/24/1954 – Judge Clears Way for Kittanning Township School. Exceptions by Council for Citizens Committee Dismissed as “Without Merit.”

04/24/1954 – Members of a Kittanning movie Projectionists union argued today their right to picket two area drive-in theaters whose owners signed contracts with another union in order to cut overhead costs.

04/24/1954 – Daylight Saving Time returns tonight.

04/24/1944 – Turrett gunner on a Flying Fortress, Sgt. Melvin A. Kuntz, 21-year-old Kittanning youth was killed April 18 in an aircraft accident in the American area, according to a War Department telegram received by his mother, Mrs. Sophia Brown of Hawthorne Ave.

04/24/1944 – Tragedy struck at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Bowser of Worthington. Their son Larry Wain, 34 months old, was drowned in waters of Buffalo Creek.

04/24/1939 – Leechburg: There’s no conversation topic better than the weather even for a transcontinental telephone call. When Emiglio Giavenese, an employe of San Francisco World’s Fair, was awarded a free three-minute call to any point in the United States as a feature of a telephone company exhibit at the Fair, his thought turned immediately to G. Hardy, operator of a newsstand and confectionery here. Mr. Giavenese just wanted to know what the weather was like in Western Pennsylvania.

04/24/1939 – It’s the Union Avenue Methodist Church now. That was the identification the Rev. T. M. Gladden had placed on the church notice he had submitted for publication in next Saturday’s enewspaper, as he left for Kansas City where three branches of the Methodist Church opened a uniting conference this week.

04/24/1934 – A traffic light, to be operated on the same power circuit which now operates three Market Street signals, was delivered to Kittanning Borough Building today. It will be put in operation soon at Jacob and South Jefferson Streets.

04/24/1934 – Funeral services for William A. Yount, 75, who died in Armstrong County Memorial Hospital from injuries received when he was struck by a West Penn Transit Company street car, will be held at the home of Mrs. W. C. Lerner, Garretts Run.

04/24/1934 – State police and Sheriff Isaac Doverspike of Armstrong County patrolled Apollo while a strike of 50 employes of Apollo Steel Drum Company continued.

04/24/1929 – Meyer Greenbaum yesterday purchased the Buffington homestead on S. Water St.

04/24/1929 – School directors of Apollo voted this week to ban employment of any married woman in the public schools there.

04/24/1929 – W. C. McGregor has accepted a job as office manager of Kittanning Thrift Corporation.

04/24/1929 – Kittanning High School lost its first WPIAL game of the baseball season 3-9 to Freeport High School yesterday.