Historical Headlines – June 11

06/11/1969 – Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Breski of 322 Cleveland Street, West Kittanning, were notified yesterday that their son, Lt. Joseph Breski, a helicopter pilot in South Vietnam, was reported missing in action after his copter was shot down.

06/11/1969 – Robert Bruce Shannon Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. R. B. Shannon of Kittanning received the B.A. degree from Florida Presbyterian College at commencement exercises June 1.

06/11/1969 – Karen Tessmer, 18, Miss Armstrong County, will be one of 24 girls from all parts of the commonwealth competing for the title of Miss Pennsylvania, 1969 here during the week of June 9.

06/11/1969 – Delegates from the Kittanning congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses will be attending the “Peace on Earth” International Assembly of Jehovah’s Witnesses scheduled to be held July 6 through 13 in Buffalo.

06/11/1969 – Funeral service was held today for James V. Colonna of Kittanning, a director and composer who at one time played cornet in the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra and with John Phillip Sousa’s band. He died Sunday night at the age of 74.

06/11/1969 – Big River Manufacturing was selected best of 48 exhibits at the Industrial Commercial Exhibit at the Belmont Arena in West Kittanning. State police estimated that about 10,000 people visited the exhibits.

06/11/1969 – Sgt. Glenn C. Rummel, son of Mr. & Mrs. James Rummel, Worthington RD2, was named outstanding NCO of his unit for May. Rummel has been an Air Force serviceman since August 1967.

06/11/1964 – George Rupert was named commander of Ford City American Legion post for the third time. Others elected were Perry Fry, first vice-commander; Louis Goldman, second vice-president; Ira M. Henry, finance and service officer; W. Kenneth Reichard, chaplain; Andrew Chimka, historian and trustee; Sylvester Szymanski, sergeant-at-arms.

06/11/1959 – The death of William A. Smith of 136 Queen St., Kittanning removed from the Kittanning scene a well-known figure in various business associations. For the past seven years he was maintenance custodian at Pittsburg and Shawmut building here.

06/11/1959– The month of May brought a further decline in local persons signing for jobless claims according to the Kittanning office of the Bureau of Employment Security.

06/11/1959 – The Kittanning Waterfront Corporation, a division of Kittanning Area Chamber of Commerce, took a stride forward in its effort to step up use of its boat-launching area by paving a large section of the river bank as a launching ramp.

06/11/1954 – Two Ford City bowlers, Carmen DiGregorio and Leo Woyton, have been notified they won the 1954 National Doubles Championship in recent competition of various Polish Falcon teams.

06/11/1954 – Thousands of persons watched the Ford City Firemen’s parade from porches of their homes as the line of march moved along Fourth and Fifth Avenue. About 5,000 spectators crowded the sidewalk near Ford Street to observe the procession.

06/11/1949 – The State’s Agriculture Department’s first crop production forecasts for 1949 today predicted better than average yields for peaches, cherries, oats and barley with a 15 per cent slump for pears.

06/11/1949 – A covered wagon, one of 30 being used in the current Opportunity Bond Sales drive, will come to Kittanning next week and occupy a prominent position in the Flag Day parade.

06/11/1934 – Hugh McCaughan assumed duties as vice-president, secretary and treasurer of Armstrong County Trust Company. He was introduced to employes of the banking house and many patrons of the bank by H. G. Gates, who resigned recently.

06/11/1934 – Residents of Manorville received a fire scare this morning when waste gasoline, draining through sewers from the Sterling Refineries distribution station to the Allegheny River, ignited.

06/11/1929 – St. Mark’s Lutheran Church of Washington Township has extended a unanimous call to the Rev. Joseph W. Dean of Cambridge Springs.

06/11/1929 – Joseph Kutchenreiter, 13-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Kutchenreiter of Fourth Ave., Ford City, died at his home.