Historical Headlines – July 19

07/19/1969 – Greater Kittanning Jaycees honored Donald Runninger, Kittanning RD 2, as Jaycee of the Month for June.

07/19/1969 – Re-elected to serve on the board of directors of Armstrong County Memorial Hospital were Judge J. Frank Graff, Robert E. Ashe and Charles Nevins.

07/19/1969 – Apollo residents are doing all they can to recognize the moon landing, including making Moon Day  the biggest day in the history of the tiny community. Sirens and bells will sound when the lunar ship touches the moon and when Neil Armstrong steps on the moon surface. A super-size parade is planed at 6:30 on the big day in Apollo. The three Apollo 11 astronauts will be named honorary citizens of the borough, which is the only community with the same name as the moon program. Mayor Duane Guthrie wired a proclamation to President Nixon asking him to carry the message of the citizenship decrees to the astronauts when they splash down.

07/19/1969 – The State Health Department ordered M. N. Adelson & Sons, Inc. in Tarrtown to cease open burning on its East Franklin Township property by July 29 in order to comply with the Commonwealth’s Air Pollution Control Act.

07/19/1969 – Spec. E-4 Gary L. Walters, son of Mr. & Mrs. Edward Walters of Kittanning RD3, has attained the rank of Sgt. E-5. He has been serving with the Army 9th Field Artillery in Germany since Feb. 23, 1968. He will leave Germany on Sept. 27 for Fort Dix, NJ, where he will be discharged after serving two years with the armed forces.

07/19/1954 – Paul E. Dunmire, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Dunmire of 120 Bluff St., Kittanning, is among naval reserve midshipmen from 53 of the nation’s leading colleges and universities who are currently being indoctrinated in amphibious warfare training at U.S. Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Norfolk, Va.

07/19/1949Thirty years ago today – July 19, 1919 – was Homecoming Day for Armstrong County soldiers . who served in World War I. Thousands of visitors were in attendance  – perhaps the greatest crowd ever assembled in Kittanning in any single day.

07/19/1944 – Seminole’s 57 servicemen – 21 per cent of the population of that village – were honored during a prayer program held at Seminole on July 13.

07/19/1944 – The Board of Education of Bradys Bend Township met at Kaylor Tuesday night and decided to close Kaylor High School and make provision for transporting the pupils to the Fairview – Karns City School District.

07/19/1939 – Jesse “Kay” Simmers, 21, of Craigsville, narrowly escaped death or serious injury at 5:45 a.m. Wednesday when his automobile was demolished on the Craigsville railroad crossing by a westbound Baltimore and Ohio passenger train. Simmers was on his way to work in the Worthington woolen mills when the crash occurred.

07/19/1939 – Seven structures which had served as Gilpin Township rural schoolhouses will soon become a Catholic Church, two schoolhouses elsewhere and four heaps of salvage material. Patrick Carroll purchased the tile school plant at Schenley, a Gilpin director said, for future use as a Catholic Church.

07/19/1934 – Stanley Topick, 19, of near Plumville died in the Indiana Hospital Wednesday afternoon. The youth had failed to recover from an illness which followed an appendicitis operation four weeks ago.

07/19/1929 – Mrs. Mary Shaul, 65, and Eugene Shaul, 12, were killed and Mr. Hyatt Hawk and Wilbur Shaul, all residents of Manorville, were injured this morning when the car driven by Mrs. Hawk was hit by a speeding passenger train at Manorville crossing.

07/19/929 – Forty Kittanning men competed yesterday in a golf tournament at New Kensington Country Club. The final score was 43-45 in favor of Kittanning.