Historical Headlines – May 15

05/15/1969 – Progress in urban development in Kittanning has been delayed for almost a year for lack of an adequate plan for public housing according to a federal official. Jane Luton, regional representative for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) said that when the Armstrong County Housing Authority “turns in an acceptable development plan to Housing assistance Agency of HUD (Armstrong County’s Authority), Part II will be processed.

05/15/1969 – The Armstrong County Redevelopment Authority has received a $10,966 grant from the PA Department of Community Affairs to cover increased costs in the Apollo Plaza project.

05/15/1969 – “Charley” starring Cliff Robertson, being shown at State Theater.

05/15/1969 – The missing eagle from atop the Ford City Borough Park’s flagpole has been returned and will soon be replaced to its perch.

05/15/1969 – The Armstrong County Redevelopment Authority has received a $10,966 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Community Affairs to cover increased costs in the Apollo Plaza project.

05/15/1969 – Middle Armstrong County Chamber of Commerce said today that the deadline for this year’s annual dinner, featuring noted New York City clergyman Dr. Norman Vincent Peale as speaker, is Monday.

05/15/1969 – Progress in urban development in Kittanning has been delayed for almost a year for lack of an adequate plan for public housing, a federal official said today.

05/15/1969 – Freeport Area School teachers are on strike. The controversy centers around the number of “steps” or years it takes for a teacher to reach his other maximum salary. The teachers received an across the board salary increase of $1,300 to bring the minimum starting salary to $6,700. The strike idled 127 teachers and some 2,500 students. This morning, six teachers reported for work, while 121 stayed away. All students were returned home.

05/15/1964 – Robert B. Shannon of Kittanning was elected southwest area vice-president of the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers at the annual convention in Bedford.

05/15/1959 – Ford Cliff Borough’s 4 percent wage tax ended today.

05/15/1959 – Mrs. Maria Manfredo of Seminole observed her 102nd birthday. She was presented a plaque by Armstrong County Medical Society on behalf of the Pennsylvania Medical Society, for having reached the century-mark. The presentation was made by the Dr. A. R. Wilson of Dayton and Dr. William T. Holland of Kittanning, who were both somewhat amazed by Mrs. Manfredo”s vivaciousness.

05/15/1959 – Bids have been received by the State Public School Building Authority for construction of a new elementary school building in Cadogan Township.

05/15/1954 – Four teenagers were ordered held for an Armstrong County juvenile court hearing after they pleaded guilty to turning a stray cat into a blazing torch.

05/15/1954 – Jewish students of Ford City will attend school at Kneseth Israel Synagogue at Kittanning.

05/15/1954 – The Ford City Mother’s Club, organized 30 years ago, was dissolved at a meeting of the membership at the home of Mrs. Julius Steiner, 4th Ave., Ford City.

05/15/1954 – For the first time since the Kittanning High School point system of service awards was inaugurated three years ago, a gold pin was presented to a senior pupil. The point system’s highest award was presented to Corbin A. Wyant for amassing a total of 70-74 points in the past three years.

05/15/1944 – The Boggsville – Slate Lick section experienced hail and high winds that blew down a silo on the Roy Bricker farm at Boggsville.

05/15/1944 – Lightning fired a barn at 1:30 p.m. on the Jared Slagle farm in Boggs Township causing an extensive loss of livestock and machinery.

05/15/1944 – The first of the warm weather storms struck Armstrong County, producing lightning, high winds, hail and hard showers which caused damage in scattered sections.

05/15/1939 – Injured when his car overturned in a ditch along a rural connecting road in Kittanning Township, Clair Miller, 28, of Rockville died without regaining consciousness in Armstrong County Memorial Hospital.

05/15/1939 – A Works Progress Administration crew started removal of curved rail in the abandoned street car tracks at Market and North McKean Streets. Under present plans the curved rails at Market and South Jefferson Street will be lifted.

05/15/1939 – More than 500 coal miners, their wives and families representing United Mine Workers located at Furnace Run, Mohawk, Cadogan, James and Thayerton coal operations held a mass meeting in the Furnace Run ball park to celebrate the signing of a new contract between mine operators and the CIO union.

05/15/1934 – Furnace Run All Stars won their opening game when they whipped the Kittanning Colored Giants 8 to 4.

05/15/1934 – Enforcement of a new parking ordinance regulating parking hours on certain Kittanning streets will start at midnight tonight, according to Burgess Jacob Maxeiner. Under terms of the ordinance 1-hour parking limits will be enforced on Market Street, Jefferson Street and McKean Street.

05/15/1929 – Eighty-one persons were known dead and more than 100 were injured in three explosions which wrecked the Cleveland (Ohio) Clinic.

05/15/1929 – Miss Ruth Flaherty was elected president of Kittanning Business and Professional Women’s Club, and Mrs. Ellen Lias was elected vice=president.