Historical Headlines – June 12

06/12/1969 – As part of Kittanning’s Community Festival Week, the American Wind Symphony will perform tonight at the Kittanning Waterfront Park. It is promoted by Greater Kittanning Jaycees and supported by various area patrons. The concert is free to the public.

06/12/1969 – Mr & Mrs. Joseph Breski of West Kittanning were notified that their son, Lt. Joseph Breski, who earlier had been reported missing in action in Vietnam, had been found dead. He was a helicopter pilot in Vietnam for the past two months. His helicopter was shot down.

06/12/1969 – Rupert “Sonny” Cicero Jr. of 122 N. Grant Ave., one of the best pointmakers in Kittanning High basketball history, has been awarded a cage scholarship by Angelina College, Lufkon, Tex., near Houston.

06/12/1969 – Kittanning Borough Council was notified today by the Pennsylvania Department of Community Affairs that Phase I of the construction plan for the borough’s proposed recreational park has been approved.

06/12/1969 – Twenty-three Kittanning business establishments are sponsoring “Crazee Days,” a sales promotion featuring summer merchandise at “bargain prices” for three days, today, tomorrow and Saturday.

06/12/1969 – Four juveniles of North Buffalo Twp admitted burglarizing and vandalizing the Ford City Police Pistol Range after they were apprehended on a tip by a local resident. Among items missing were 60 phonograph records, of which 40 were returned, and a stapler valued at $14.95, which the youths promised to return. The boys ranged in age from 10-14.

06/12/1969 – Jack Domire, manager of the Firestone Tire Company store at South Jefferson Street and Jacob, Kittanning, said construction of new brick and concrete-block addition will double the display area and enlarge the service area.

06/12/1969 – The Kittanning Elks Lodge said plans have been completed for the annual Elks Flag Day ceremonies. This year’s activities will be highlighted by a 64-unit parade to be held by the Elks in conjunction with the Greater Kittanning Area Jaycees.

06/12/1964 – Foundation excavation is tentatively scheduled to start June 15 for Big River Manufacturing Company’s new $261,000 plant in Rayburn Township, located just off Route 85, about three miles east of Kittanning.

06/12/1959 – A series of storm-caused power failures kept West Penn Power Company linemen busy through the night and early this morning. Wind and heavy rain interrupted power and service in three areas, upper section of Fourth Ward, Country Club-Bunker Hill area and Worthington West Kittanning area. .

06/12/1959 – Raymond Shaner of 917 Fair St., Kittanning completed three years of school with a perfect attendance record at the close of the term last week.

06/12/1954 – The Rev. John Prescott Irwin, D.D., oldest member of Kittanning Presbytery, died at the home of a daughter in Bloomfield, Conn.

06/12/1954 – Dr. and Mrs. John R. Tarr are planning an early trip to Wichita, Kan., where Dr. Tarr will serve his internship in St. Francis Hospital. A son of Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Tarr of Kittanning RD 2, Dr. Tarr received his doctorate degree June 9 at graduation exercises held at University of Pittsburgh.

06/12/1954 – Register and Recorder Robert H. Powers began his seventh two-year term as chairman of Armstrong County Republican Committee following his re-election last night.

06/12/1944 – Harold “Bo” Hill, seaman second class of the U.S. Navy, was injured May 21 in the southwest Pacific battle area, according to a Navy Department telegram received by the serviceman’s grandmother, Nancy Hill of 1233 Orr Ave.

06/12/1944 – Capt. Albert R. “Ab” Montgomery, youthful Kittanning airman who brought his Britain-bound Flying Fortress across the hometown last Sept. 26, is through sweating out bombing missions against Germany.

06/12/1939 – What was described as one of the largest stills ever found in operation in this district, along with 1,200 gallons of mash, were confiscated in a raid at a Fourth Ward home.

06/12/1939 – Trapped amid gambling tables, dice and loose-lying money in a local hotel building room from which there was no exit, 20 patrons and four alleged operators were arrested after a raiding party of state police broke down two doors to gain entry at 3 a.m. Sunday.

06/12/1934 – H. L. Hawk, owner of the speedboat The Sea Hawk, is also owner, proprietor and constructor of a skillfully designed boat wharf along the Allegheny River at Manorville. The dock is equipped with a gasoline pump and oil facilities. It is the first river gasoline station in this part of the river between the dams.

06/12/1934 – A group of victorious Ford City Slovak gymnasts returned home yesterday laden with prizes won in a district competition at Cheswick.

06/12/1934 – the merry song of the locust can be heard in Manorville, from the hill back of the village.

06/12/1929 – Victor Caretti, 21, died this morning at his home on East High St., here.

06/12/1929 – Directors of Kittanning Free Library elected Miss Gladys Conner of Ellwood City to the position of librarian.

06/12/1929 – Allied Post of the American Legion, Ford City, is planning to have erected in Ford City a bronze tablet which would bear names of all Ford City men who served in the World War.