Historical Headlines – May 17

05/17/1969 – Freeport teachers are returning to classes Monday after a settlement was reached this morning at the Armstrong County Court House in Kittanning. Teachers were ordered to appear at court and show cause why they should not end their strike. In a settlement this morning, the two parties agreed to three salary schedules.

05/17/1969 – Mrs. Harry T. Niceley of Orr Avenue Kittanning, a delegate to the General Assembly of the United Presbyterian Church in San Antonio, Texas, heard James Forman, negro militant leader of the National Black Economic Development Conference, present his six-point demand for reparation payments to the Negros from all Christian churches. In his 25 minute address to 2,000 delegates, Forman pleaded, “If you don’t do anything else, please begin to understand that the church is a financial empire. Where is your power as a national board if you do not in face exercise your power over your own bureaucratic process?”

05/17/1969 – Policeman Stephen Rhoades came under fire from residents during a regular meeting of Freeport Borough Council this month. Neither Rhoades nor Mayor James Nolf attended the meeting, which some residents criticized Rhoades for cracking down on teenagers and allegedly allowing unauthorized persons to ride with him in the borough police car. Councilmen indicated that Rhoades will be called before them to hear the charges.

05/17/1969 – Fire caused an estimated $6,000 damage to the Wayne McCollum home on Route 28 near Slate Lick yesterday, but for two good Samaritans – one unidentified – the house could have been lost. The blaze was confined to the kitchen. Heavy water and smoke damage was reported to other parts of the ranch-style house. West Kittanning fire chief Bernard Bowser said it was “a probably electrical fire.” Bowser said when firemen arrived at 1:04 PM, a man “dressed in a suit was lying on his belly under the smoke to get oxygen and squiring water from a garden hose on the blaze. Nobody knows who the man was. When we arrived, the man got up and said, ‘it’s all yours’ and we never saw him again.”

05/17/1969 – Republican Joseph Fabian, President and General Manager of McConnell and Watterson in Kittanning, is running for school director in District 9 (Manor Township/Manorville).

05/17/1959 – What are Kittanning Union School District directors to do tonight when they face the decision of continuing the wage tax? Under the prodding of a local group which wants the one percent wage tax abolished, directors could not be blamed if they took the course of least resistance.

05/17/1954 – A Ford City pistol sharpshooters was declared 1954 Pennsylvania State Champion and second place champion of the state of New York after competitions at Pittsburgh and Buffalo. Steve Bordick of Ford City RD 2 won the Pennsylvania championship in competition with 150 other pistol shooters in Pittsburgh.

05/17/1949 – The owner of the Community Drive-in Theater along the Indiana Pike was arrested by State Police yesterday for showing movies on Sunday, records at the office of Squire Karl M. Watt showed.

05/17/1949 – Armstrong County Commissioners will qualify for more money after July 1 under a bill approved today by Governor James H. Duff.  The legislation allows Armstrong County commissioners additional salary of $1,000 a year for handling business of their institutional duties.

05/17/1944 – The first school in Armstrong to complete the term’s work and close for summer vacation was the Peterman School in Plumcreek Township. The term closed in the school May 16.

05/17/1944 – Forty boys and girls who led some 10,000 pupils in Armstrong County schools in the collection of two million or more tin cans during the past seven months of the current school term were entertained by Kittanning Kiwanis Club Tuesday night at a dinner in the Alexander Hotel,

05/17/1939 – King George and Queen Elizabeth of the British Commonwealth of Nations set foot on Canadian soil at 10:35 a.m. (EDT) today. The 42-year-old monarch, who mounted the throne upon the abdication of his brother, Edward VIII, thus began his tour of Canada, which will include a visit to the United States.

05/17/1939 – Former opening of the new dairy plant of Better Dairy Products Inc., at Oak Ave., will be celebrated Thursday and Friday with open house ceremonies.

05/17/1934 – Soccer, newest sport in High School calendar here, is rapidly gaining in favor with students, according to C. P. Campbell, athletic director and basketball coach.

05/17/1934 – A county-wide recreational program to furnish employment to 80 persons and form a basis of some sort of organized outdoor exercise for children, will be instituted in Armstrong County this year provided RWD Administrator Fred Butler is successful in an attempt to bring the program under RWD provisions.

05/17/1929 – The Kittanning Kiwanis Club celebrated its seventh birthday last night.

05/17/1929 – One hundred twenty-seven persons died and many are still in danger after three explosions wrecked the Cleveland Clinic Hospital last Wednesday