Historical Headlines – August 19

08/19/1964 – W. Stuart Helm of Kittanning, speaker of the state House of Representatives, today announced the appointment of Armstrong County Rep. John B. McCue of Kittanning as a member of the Joint State Government Commission Task Force on Escheat Laws.

08/19/1959 – The Armstrong County Board of Elections will submit a final order to Armstrong County Court for division of the third ward of Kittanning into two voting districts. The proposal would divide the third ward into eastern and western districts. The eastern district would include all persons residing from the north side of Union Avenue to the south side of Montieth Street east of the railroad tracks. The western district would include all persons living on the west side of the railroad tracks between the north side of Union and south side of Montieth. The division order will be filed because of the large size of the present third ward. Tabulation of votes will be made much faster under the division proposal Clerk of Courts Herbert Gates said.

08/19/1959 – Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty was touted as the new movie for everyone by the State Theater in Kittanning.

08/19/1959 – Members of local 266 of United Brewery and Distillery Workers of America rejected a contract offer made by Joseph S. Finch & Company, distillery at Schenley.

08/19/1959 – Hunting licenses are on sale at Armstrong County Treasurer’s office in the courthouse here, treasurer Fred McElhinney said. Pennsylvania resident licenses are $3.15 while permits for out-of-state hunters are priced at $20.

08/19/1954 – Due to economic conditions in Shannock Valley, Cosgrove American Legion Post at Rural Valley has cancelled this year’s Labor Day celebration.

08/19/1954 – A campaign to supply an American flag to every home in the Ford City-Kittanning area will be conducted by the Armstrong County Voiture 40 and 8 organization.

08/19/1954 – A 1952 graduate of Kittanning High School, John W. Morrow, Jr., 19, has been nominated by Congressman John P. Saylor as his principal candidate for admission to the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis.

08/19/1949 – Jay Stivason To Quit Post After 43 1/2 Years. Kittanning Postal Employe Will Retire From Job on Sept. 30.

08/19/1949 – Armstrong County’s oldest twins, Mrs. Ida Keesey and Mrs. Jessie Smith, will observe their 82nd birthday anniversaries tomorrow. Mrs. Keesey, a former resident of Templeton, is making her home with a son John of Mahoning RD I. Mrs. Smith, resides at Putneyville.

08/19/1944 – Pharmacist’s Mate First Class Jack M. Fleming, son of Mr. and Mrs. James B. Fleming of South Jefferson St., has been awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received in the battle of Saipan.

08/19/1944 – New Laundry, Boiler Room Planned for Hospital to Ease Strain of Facilities.

08/19/1939 – Dravo Corporation has removed 200,582 cubic yards of material since starting dredging operations this season below No. 9 Lock and Dam, in the Allegheny River at Rimerton.

08/19/1939 – Mr. and Mrs. Francis T. Benson of Highland Ave. expect to occupy by Thanksgiving Day a new home being built for them on Union Ave.

08/19/1929 – A tiny rabbit created excitement at Armstrong County Fair when it appeared on the track in front of the grandstand while horses were getting ready to start in one of the races. There was a wild scamper to catch the rabbit but he outmaneuvered everyone and disappeared under the stands, much to the amusement of the crowd.

08/19/1929 – R, C, Ellenberger, 95, died at his home in Wayne Township, after a lingering illness. Mr. Ellenberger was widely known in the community and during his lifetime took an active part in events.