Historical Headlines – June 20

06/20/1969 – Armstrong County Planning Commission members last night tabled a request for approval of a county airport site after they were unable to agree that the suggested location would best serve the future interests of the county. The agricultural Advisory Committee told the Planning Commission that they were against the Worthington site because it would take away prime agricultural land. The Worthington location most closely met the criteria of the Federal Aviation Authority and the Airport Authority.

06/20/1969 – Plans for the proposed West Kittanning Municipal Authority water treatment plant, which had to be trimmed some quarter of a million dollars have been resubmitted for federal approval this week.

06/20/1969 – The Redbank Valley School Board gave final adoption to a record-high budget, including a six-mill tax increase.

06/20/1969 – The Armstrong County Industrial Development Council has defined seven areas of the county as economic development regions. The move, according to county director Roland Sherman, is designed to facilitate planning for various public investment decisions in the regions.

06/20/1969 – A Worthington girl, Helen P. Smith, 20, injured in an accident yesterday at the Mushroom Farm, Worthington, is listed in satisfactory condition in Armstrong County Memorial Hospital. She was struck by a carrier at the mushroom farm and had injuries to her back and right knee.

06/20/1969 – A flood wall along the Allegheny River and parallel to North Water Street for about a mile is little noticed by residents, but the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has taken note that at some spots, it is deteriorating. Chester Cunningham, Kittanning public works superintendent, said the Corps of Engineers is studying the situation but has made no formal announcement on what it intends to do about it. The wall was built soon after World War II.

6/20/1969 – Ford City police have been ordered to “clamp down” on “cowboy” drivers of automobiles and motorcyclists making excessive noises, Police Chief Stanley Sadeski said today. The “cowboy” drivers are youths who speed along Ford City streets, especially in the business district. They round corners squealing tires, run without mufflers, and “gun their motors”.

06/20/1969 – The former Pleasant View School Building, at the intersection of Route 66 and Pleasant View Drive, Ford City, is now a complex of administrative offices for the Armstrong School District.

06/20/1969 – The Four Freshmen, who have thrilled audiences worldwide for many years, will appear at the Bel-Mont Arena tonight at 7PM and 9:30 PM. Tickets available at the door.

06/20/1964 – Members of the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization of Kneseth Israel Synagogue installed officers. They are Susan Sparks, president; Adele Laurie, vice president; Barbara Gross, recording secretary; Carol Lee Rosenson, corresponding secretary and Sally Steiner, reporter.

06/20/1959 – North Buffalo Township School District authorities were today considering bids received for alterations and additions to the North Buffalo Township Elementary School Building.

06/20/1959 – Ray Cramer announced that a J. I. Case Farm equipment store, located on Route 422 at Blanket Hill, is open for business. Cramer, proprietor of the store, said that a complete line of farm machinery and utility equipment will be offered.

06/20/1949 – Leechburg High School Coach Ellis McCracken says that there is “good, clear, fresh water – ideal for swimming” in Crooked Creek reservoir. He made the appraisal after having visited the site with a swimming party of 89 youngsters Wednesday. Contrary to popular belief, he said, the water is “not too deep.”

06/20/1949 – A public wedding will be a feature of the Armstrong County Players production of “Dear Ruth,” which will be staged Thursday and Friday nights in the high school auditorium. The debut of the theater group has been in rehearsal for five weeks.

06/20/1949 – Two East Franklin Township children caused about $1,000 damage to a gas well on the George Baker farm in East Franklin Township when they loosened a drum-brake on a baler, state police records showed today. The well contractor declined to prosecute.

06/20/1944– The Rev. Henry Millison will be installed Thursday night as pastor of Dayton United Presbyterian Church.

06/20/1944 – Every section of Armstrong County was represented when the president, the Rev. Walter Kennedy, called the 63rd annual convention of Armstrong County Sunday School Association to order in St. Luke’s Evangelical and Reformed Church this morning.

06/20/1944 – Expenditures for assistance grants to needy people in Armstrong County totaled $33,677.86 in May, it was reported today by the Harrisburg office of the Department of Public Assistance.

06/20/1939 – A new colonial style home being erected for Boyd C. Henry, Applewold justice of the peace and insurance agent, at 122 Allegheny Ave., will be ready for occupancy about the first of August.

06/20/1939 – Dr. J. B. B. Wyant and Dr. David L. Garth of Kittanning and Dr. William H. McCafferty of Freeport will be among honor guests when the Ninth Councilor District of the Medical Society of the State of Pennsylvania pays tribute at a meeting Thursday in Indiana Country Club to eight members of the district who have been in medical practice 50 years or more.

06/20/1934 – Workers are replacing a new roof on the Lycum Theater.

06/20/1934 – Construction of a new barn at Armsdale Home is progressing, despite minor delays encountered during early stages of construction. County Commissioner E. E. Schaeffer said that two sets of timers have been set up and that the building will probably be ready for top construction this week.

06/20/1929 – The class of 1925 of Kittanning High School held a reunion at the Alexander Hotel last night. Kenneth Campbell was elected president of the class alumni.

06/20/1929 – This is the first summer within memory of “old inhabitants” that there has been no swimming at the third and fourth piers of Kittanning bridge.