Historical Headlines – June 18

06/18/1969 – A three-way tie for first place exists today in the Armstrong County American Legion Baseball League following results of games played last night. Freeport edged Ford City, 5-4 on the loser’s field and Kittanning won over Apollo, 10-1 on the losers’ field.

06/18/1969 – Mrs. Ann Hepfl was appointed grand regent at a formal installation ceremony for officers of Court Patricia Catholic Daughters of America at Knights of Columbus Hall, here.

06/18/1969 – Don Brinkley was installed as the new president of the Rural Valley Lions Club at their dinner-meeting last night at the Lions Den in the King Building. Other officers include: Gerald Bishop, first vice-president; Otis Patterson, second vice-president; John McEntire, third vice-president; Charles Shoop, secretary/treasurer; Howard Stuart, tail twister; and Mitchell Blose, Lion tamer. Directors elected were: Ward Ambrose, Richard Patterson, Jack Arbuckle, and Earl Stockdale.

06/18/1969 – A State House Democratic plan to hike state legislative salaries and expenses has been called “ridiculous and poor business” by State Senator Albert R. Pechan.

06/18/1969 – Five persons hurt in accidents yesterday were treated in the emergency room at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital and released. An accident on Pony Farm Road injured: Julie Russell, 2; Melanie Russell, 5; Virginia Lovich, 15; and Bernadette Lovich, 17 – all of Kittanning RD7.

06/18/1964 – Two Shannock Valley High School juniors-to-be will leave from Greater Pittsburgh Airport Monday for South America, where they will be guests of families under an International Fellowship program. The girls are Donna Maffei, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Maffei of Rural Valley and Emy Lou Boyer, 15, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Boyer of Rural Valley RD 1.

06/18/1964 – Jill Matthews Crowned Queen of Brookville Laurel Festival.

06/18/1959 – Kittanning Jaycees named John Salak of Kittanning RD 3 as “Jaycee of the Month.” Salak was chosen for his work in organizing and running the annual Teen-Age Road-e-o, according to Jaycee president, Dave Maloney.

06/18/1959 – Sharon Steel Corp. announced acquisition of extensive coal-producing properties near Kittanning to meet future blast furnace coke requirements. Matthew Crawford, vice president and general counsel of Allegheny River Mining Co., hailed the transaction as a boon to the economy of the area.

06/18/1954 – Paul Gosser of Vandergrift, a member of the Leechburg First Lutheran Church, was unanimously elected president of the Church School convention of the East Conference at its convention in Worthington.

06/18/1954 – Men Finish Tile Floor for Scouts. Completion of Buffalo Creek Girl Scout Camp Expected by End of Month.

06/18/1954 – Tommy Ellermeyer, 11-year-old S. McKean Street boy, was a proud one yesterday after taking a 27-inch, 11-pound carp from the Allegheny River here.

06/18/1949 – A Ford City truck driver – James W. Bowser Jr. – suffered a possible skull fracture as his out-of-control truck crashed into an automobile on Gault Hill on Kittanning-Ford City Road.

06/18/1949 – A driverless automobile overturned at Troy Hill this morning a few minutes before it was to transport a bride-to-be to the nuptial ceremonies. Kenneth Wyant of Troy Hill had his car parked in front of his home on a hill. He was preparing to take his sister, Phyllis Wyant, to Union Avenue Methodist Church where she was to become the bride of Elmer Hooks. The brakes on the car let go, causing the accident.

06/18/1934 – Fritz Reitler, pioneer Ford City resident, died at his home at 1200-4th Ave., after a one-week illness. He was aged 65 years.

06/18/1934 – The Public Works Administration, already credited with re-employment of 2,000,000 workers, prepared to place additional millions of dollars in public circulation today in a new drive on behalf of national recovery.

06/18/1929 – The Rev. B. W. Kossack, for the past four years pastor of Slate Lick and Srader Grove Presbyterian Churches, has received and accepted a call to the First Presbyterian Church at Newell, W. Va.

06/18/1929 – Thirty-five rural schools in Armstrong County have no teachers for the coming term. .