Historical Headlines – August 16

08/16/1969 – The Armstrong County Memorial Hospital welcomed to its staff Dr. Rogelio (Roger) Vega, a native of Manila, Philippine Islands. Dr. Vega has been working at the hospital for about a month as Dr. Samuel Black’s associate. He has lived in the U.S. for the past eight years. His parents work for the Philippine Embassy in Washington, DC, where his father is the revenue attaché. Dr. Vega resides with his wife and four sons at 552 Main Street, Ford Cliff.

08/16/1969 – A 32-ton piece of machinery was dumped at Edgewood intersection from an out-of-control truck which lost its brakes on Indiana Pike hill and finally came to a stop half-way down S. Water St. here. While police were engaged in controlling the situation in Edgewood, a West Kittanning Lumber truck driven by C. E. Dunmire, 32, of West Kittanning, attempted to turn onto Arthur Street when the load of lumber shifted and caused the vehicle to upset.

08/16/1969 – After months of negotiations, an agreement has been reached concerning senior employes of Works 5, of PPG Industries Inc., Ford City.

08/16/1969 – The Worthington area site for proposed Armstrong County Airport and Industrial Park was rejected yesterday by county commissioners. The commissioners gave their reason as the proposed site represents some of the finest farm land in Armstrong County. Farm organizations from all over the county have passed resolutions urging the commissioners to locate the airport project on land other than top quality farm land. The announcement came at a joint meeting of the commissioners and airport authority in response to a directive from the Federal Aviation Agency.

08/16/1969 – A trainload of lethal phosgene gas, en route from Denver to New York passed through Armstrong County, passing through the villages of Craigsville, West Mosgrove, Echo, and the borough of Dayton (where the annual Dayton Fair was in its final day). The train was reported running far behind schedule die to a 30-mile-per-hour speed limit imposed by the Interstate Commerce Commission on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. The gas was shipped in 196 metal canisters divided among 14 flatcars as part of a 30-car train.

08/16/1954 – Pages of the past were turned back Saturday afternoon when 30 members of the former Armstrong Post 122 American Legion Drum and Bugle Corp of Kittanning met in their first reunion in 17 years. The event took place at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Clark Wilson in East Brady.

08/16/1954 – The addition of David Elliott Jr. to the personnel of Henry Shaffer Lumber Co. was announced today by Walter W. Evans, manager.

08/16/1949 – Chicora Legionnaires Win A-K Championship.

08/16/1949 – A Kittanning man began a journey today that will fulfill the dream of a lifetime – a visit to Scotland, country of his ancestors. Robert T. Laing, executive secretary of the Mineral Producers Association, left for New York where he was to board the luxury liner America for the voyage to Scotland.

08/16/1949 – A Kittanning contracting firm submitted the low bid for paving and resurfacing of a road and parking area at Crooked Creek Dam, Army Engineers office announced today. A. L. and R. J. Rupp, general contractors, put in a bid of $16,934.30 for the contract.

08/16/1944 – Death came suddenly to Robert Arvine Cole of Hillcrest, Pittsburgh RD 5, Tuesday afternoon in his automobile near the home of Miss Effie McIntyre at the top of Ginger Cake Hill, six miles northeast of Freeport on Route 28. Mr. Cole was on his way, in company with two sons, to inspect a Kittanning business property which is for sale.

08/16/1944 – Pfc. Clarence A. Smith, formerly listed missing now has been reported killed in action April 24 on the Anzio Beachhead, Italy. His parents are Mr. and Mrs. Fred P. Smith of Colwell.

08/16/1939 – One of the most successful of the daily handicraft groups at Kittanning’s four playground areas is the advanced model airplane building class at Third Ward.

08/16/1939 – The annual picnic of the old Shawmut Gang will be held in Yount’s Grove, intersection of Templeton Road and Route 66 between New Bethlehem and Kittanning, the afternoon and evening of Aug. 20. The group includes all those who at some time during their Kittanning High School days traveled between their homes and Kittanning on the Pittsburg and Shawmut Railroad.

08/16/1934 – The 13th annual Armstrong County Fair opened today in a steady rainfall which left the track a sea of mud and resulted in the calling off of the opening racing program.

08/16/1934 – A new silo 40 feet high and ten feet in diameter was completed at the Armstrong County Home farm yesterday. The silo was built by L. R. Daugherty.

08/16/1929 – Prices on the wholesale market today included butter, 35 cents per pound; eggs, 35 cents per dozen; peaches, $1.75 per bushel; and apples, $2 per bushel.

08/16/1929 – A county bridge over Cowanshannock Creek collapsed yesterday under the weight of a Packard truck driven by Charles Markle. Kenneth Wray, who was riding on the truck, had his hip broken.

08/16/1929 – It is expected that Allegheny River Lock No. 7 here, now in process of construction, will be completed by November.