Historical Headlines – June 24

06/24/1969 – Ronald W. Beckett, 28, of East Brady RD1, the father of six children, was killed and two other persons injured yesterday in a two-car crash on the Leechburg Road (Route 66) three miles south of Ford City. Beckett, who was alone, was traveling north when his small foreign sedan crossed over into the southbound lane and struck the other car head-on. This was the seventh traffic fatality of the year in Armstrong County.

6/24/1969 – Electrocution of a veteran West Penn Power lineman occurred yesterday in Manor Township, three miles south of Ford City, when William H. Baum, 63, of Kittanning was killed when he came in contact with truck as boom brushed 12,000-volt power line. Baum was the second West Penn Power worker electrocuted in 36 days. Donald Steim, also of Kittanning, was killed May 19.

06/24/1969 – Gregory Allen Garth, son of Mr. and Mrs. Colwell Garth of 308 Third Ave., Ford City, who completed his freshman year at Pennsylvania State University Extension, New Kensington, received a 4.00 average for the final term and a 3.56 average for the year’s grading period.

06/24/1969 – State Representative William H. Claypoole and C. Doyle Steele, co-chairmen of the Armstrong County Cancer Society Crusade, urged countians to help meet their $25,000 goal set by the American Cancer Society.

06/24/1969 – Home treatment for all with mental disabilities as part of the Armstrong Indiana Mental Health Mental Retardation Program will be discussed at public hearings Wednesday and Thursday. .

06/24/1969 – Former Kittanning residents, Mr. & Mrs. William G. Resinger, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in a reception at the Free Methodist Church Annex in Kittanning. They were married June 30, 1919. Prior to their marriage, the former Mamie Trudgen taught school in North Buffalo Township and was later employed by the J. A. Gault Co. on Market Street, Kittanning. The Resingers have three sons: William G. Resinger II of Kentucky, Dr. Harold E. Resinger of Versailles, KY, and Harry D. Resinger of Tennessee. They have 15 grandchildren, a foster grandchild, and one great-great grandchild.

06/24/1969 – The “unisex” shoe was featured this year. No longer can you tell the difference between male and female shoes, except that female shoes are going up to two-and-a-half inches for evening wear.

06/24/1964 – Ann Wheaton Graff, daughter of Mrs. Richard M. Graff and the late Mr. Graff, Worthington, was graduated from Moravian Seminary for Girls, Bethlehem.

06/24/1964 – Arthur R. Wilson, M.D. of Dayton was elected president elect of Pennsylvania Academy of General Practice.

06/24/1964 – Anthony Martillotti named knight of the year by Kittanning Council Knights of Columbus at a meeting in K of C Hall, Woodward Ave.

06/24/1959 – Albert Bertocchi was named new grand knight of Kittanning Council Knights of Columbus during an election of officers for the 1959-60 term.

06/24/1959 – Kittanning officials opened a new section of street today which they hope will take some of the traffic pressure off downtown. Barricades came down at noon on the project involving opening of South Grant Avenue between Diamond Way and Jacob St., and the old section of street between Market and Diamond Way.

06/24/1954 – The Ford City School Board held its last regularly scheduled meeting at the high school building last night before the establishment of the Ford City Union School Board.

06/24/1954 – Sixty 1954 graduates of Kittanning High School plan to enter colleges, universities, and other institutions of advanced study next fall.

06/24/1954 – A 60-year-old 5th Ave., Ford City man, Alban Maus, was injured when he toppled from a second story window 25 feet to the ground.

06/24/1949 – A fatherless five-year-old girl, the eldest of four children, was killed last night when struck by an automobile on Route 36, one mile west of Apollo. She was Mary Elizabeth Henry.

06/24/1949 – More than 2,000 spectators lined Kittanning streets this morning to watch a bicycle parade sponsored by the Montgomery Ward and Company store here. Approximately 27 children participated.

06/24/1949 – Harold Grafton, 18, of Kittanning RD 3, drowned in the waters of an abandoned strip mine. He was a 1949 graduate of Kittanning High School.

06/24/1944 – Several people were injured and hundreds of thousands of dollars property damage was caused when a freak tornado ripped through the Rural Valley community. The roaring storm leveled the Rural Valley First Lutheran Church, turned the home of the Herbert Postlewait family completely upside down, twisted many dwellings off their foundations and demolished several barns and garages.

06/24/1944 – Merle C. Hallman of Dayton was ordained in the gospel ministry and installed pastor of the Bloomfield Presbyterian Church near New Concord, Ohio.

06/24/1939 – A head-on crash between two out-of-state automobiles on the Kittanning – Worthington Road claimed its second victim today. Mrs. Dolly Stotnick of 10514 Englewood Ave., Cleveland died at 2:15p.m. in Armstrong County Memorial Hospital.

06/24/1939 – The 22nd annual rally of the Union Sunday Schools in the field of John F. Moore, missionary for the American Sunday School Union, closed at the First Methodist Church. The total registration of all delegates from 24 schools was 502. Friends and visitors made the crowd more than 600 during the two-day meeting.

06/24/1929 – The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. John Kaltwasser of High St. Freeport died of spinal meningitis.

06/24/1929 – The Ford City Office of Henry Shaffer Lumber Company has been moved to 3rd Avenue and 11th Street.