Historical Headlines – August 14

08/14/1969 – PPG Industries, Inc. officials had “no comment” on a report that the firm had laid off as many as 300 workers here.

8/14/1969 – Dayton Fair attractions this week include Jack Kochman’s Hell Drivers, King Bros Rodeo, and the Demolition Derby. Admission is 50-cents for adults and parking is free. Grandstand admission is $1.50.

08/14/1969 – Armstrong County’s economy continued moving forward during the past year, according to a report on the nation’s markets just released. Net spendable earnings were $187,741,000 compared with 1968 totals of $175,850,000. What did residents do with that extra income? The bought more furniture, air conditioners, refrigerators, washing machines, and fancier foods.

08/14/1969 – A mile of natural gas distribution pipe line has been installed in East Franklin Township and Applewold by Peoples Natural Gas Company at a cost of $31,000.

08/14/1969 – Former Kittanning teacher, Mrs. Bernice Alexander of Englewood, Fla., received a medal for civilian service in Vietnam for her work with United Service Organizations Inc. (USO).

08/14/1969 – Freeport Borough Council approved the hiring of a planning consultant to prepare an application for state funds of $27,000 to plan a neighborhood development program.

08/14/1969 – State Rep. William H. Claypoole from Armstrong County watched as Governor Raymond P. Shafer signed House Bill 739. The measure permits residents of Pennsylvania to purchase rifles and shotguns in states bordering the Keystone state. The legislation Claypoole said is a companion to Act 82, which permits Pennsylvania residents who have purchased a rifle or shotgun in any state contiguous to the Commonwealth to transport the rifle or shotgun into Pennsylvania.

08/14/1969 – Final chartered bus trip plans are being finalized to Old Economy, Ambridge, and Pittsburgh by the Sherrett Stitch and Chatter Club.

08/14/1964 – A new band shell at the North Jefferson Street playground will be used for the first time tonight for the year’s only concert appearance at home of Kittanning Firemen’s Band.

08/14/1959 – A new air-conditioning system went into operation this morning at the Montgomery Ward Store here. Clarence J. Paul, manager, said it is only a part of a remodeling project which will include new fluorescent lights and redecoration.

08/14/1959 – Charles R. Keller, 46, of 1238-5th Ave., Ford City, is listed in satisfactory condition at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital where he was admitted with cuts of the fingers received while at work at Pittsburgh Plate Glass Industries.

08/14/1959 – The Kittanning Firemen’s Band captured sixth Western Pennsylvania Championship in seven years in yesterday’s West Penn Firemen’s Convention parade at Brookville.

08/14/1954 – The Rev. Harwood C. Bowman Jr. will preach his final sermon tomorrow as pastor of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

08/14/1954 – Kornasiewicz Twins Plan to Close Paradise Beach. Managers of Recreation Area Say They Are Fed Up With Vandalism.

08/14/1954 – Sports Page Headline: Rickey To Step Down As Pirate Manager Next Fall.

08/14/1944 – William Shaffer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey D. Shaffer of North Ave., was guest preacher in the First Presbyterian Church at worship service Sunday morning. Mr. Shaffer is a student at Western Theological Seminary, Pittsburgh.

08/14/1944 – The district’s first forest fire of the season burned over 25 acres of brush and scrub timber above Mosgrove. Firemen called upon campers to be extremely careful with fire because of the tinderlike dryness of woods and fields.

08/14/1939 – Armstrong County’s part in the work for relief program began to take shape today as 20 employable men on district relief rolls were assigned to a township road improvement project in Kittanning Township.

08/14/1939 – Legion Band Men Fall in for Parade at 1:30; Wait 4 1/2 Hours Before Moving; Local Troupe Wins $100 Cash Prize. Participants in Mammoth Parade; Legion Bandsmen were back at their work day tasks today, resting after a three-day trip to Williamsport where they won second prize in Class B competition for American Legion Bands.

.08/14/1934 – A bridge spanning the creek at Armstrong County Home Farm has been completed by Ben Hawk and Sons, contractors on the project. The span, now being painted, will be refloored by the county commissioners, it was announced.

08/14/1934 – Fifty years of wedded life were celebrated by the friends of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Johns, of Templeton, at their home.

08/14/1929 – Assurance of the state’s plans to go ahead with rebuilding of the Kittanning-Ford City road has been received by the county commissioners.

08/14/1929 – Fire last night destroyed the barn of John A. Wolfe in East Franklin Township, about a mile from Tarrtown.

08/14/1929 – Work on a new grade school at Ford City is rapidly nearing completion. It is hoped to have the building ready at the opening of the new school term here.