Historical Headlines – August 22

08/22/1969 – Harrisburg: State Department of Public Welfare said today that 105 Armstrong County residents were patients in state owned institutions for the mentally retarded during the past fiscal year.

08/22/1969 – Allen Hawley, 17, of Ford City, the operator of a motorcycle, and his passenger, Steven Marcinek, 16, were taken to the hospital after upsetting their motorcycle on Route 66 near Appleby Manor Church.

08/22/1969 – John Perry of 409 1/2 N. Grant Ave., Kittanning, landed a 44 1/2 inch muskie while fishing in the Allegheny River near the Kittanning bridge.

08/22/1969 – Miss Constance Ann Kovalovsky of 613-5th Ave., Ford City, was graduated from Presbyterian University Hospital School of Nursing, Pittsburgh. She has accepted a position in neuro-surgery at the same hospital.

08/22/1969 – Hospital news included: Marshall Chapman, 51, of Worthington who fell from a roof and suffered fractures to both heels. Rhonda Walker, 8, of Kittanning RD2, fell down a flight of steps and injured her head. David Petras, 14, of Ford City RD1 received burns of his hands, leg, and face while burning trash. Mary Voyna, 69, of 1019 7th Avenue, Ford City, fractured her ribs in a fall.

08/22/1964 – E. M. White of Templeton RD 1 was elected and installed a trustee of Grace Theological Seminary and Grace College in Winona Lake, Ind. for term of three years.

08/22/1964 – A shoulder injury sidelined junior end Lou Sadecki, and senior tackle Jim Huntley sat out yesterday’s drills because of minor ailments as Kittanning High continued its two-a-day drills at Lemmon Field.

08/22/1959 – Freeport Brick Company and the United Glass and Ceramic Workers (AFL-CIO CCL) Local 171 announced in a joint statement that an agreement has been reached to extend the present contract between the company and union until after the basic steel industry contracts are settled.

08/22/1959 – The First Free Methodist Church of Freeport has sold its former parsonage on Buffalo St. to Mr. and Mrs. Paul W. Erb.

08/22/1959 – A new $16,500 American LaFrance-equipped Chevrolet pumper is an addition to the Rural Valley borough-owned 1942 American LaFrance pumper. The new truck has a pumper capacity of 750 gallons with a 500-gallon booster.

08/22/1949 – Stewardson Furnace: Former residents of this once-thriving village of Armstrong County gathered here for their 14th annual reunion.

08/22/1949 – Official notice has been received at the Pennsylvania Railroad station here of the planned closing of the station on Saturday’s and Sundays.

08/22/1944 – Cpl. Frank Pasqualini, husband of Mrs. Rose Pasqualini of East Kittanning, was killed in action July 1 in France according to a telegram and a letter his wife has received from the War Department.

08/22/1944 – T-Sgt. Richard S. Klingensmtih was killed in action in France Aug. 3, the War Department informed his wife, Mrs. Lucy Burdette Klingensmtih of 1206-6th Ave. Ford City.

08/22/1944 – Officials of North Apollo borough have placed a 30-day quarantine on all cats, after an attack by a stray cat upon a three-year-old North Apollo child.

08/22/1939 – Nancy Jane, two-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Schall of Oak Ave., narrowly escaped death or serious injury when she plunged 45 feet to the ground from a third-story window.

08/22/1939 – An estimated 800 persons made their way to old Stewardson Furnace and participated in the eighth annual reunion of former residents of what was at one time one of the most thriving villages in Armstrong County. Only three families now reside there.

08/22/1934 – Brown’s Drug and Music Store will discontinue its prescription department Aug. 31. W. Loxley Peebles, who has been conducting the prescription department of the store, will move his headquarters to 152 N. McKean St.

08/22/1934 – Fire starting from an unknown cause burned to the ground  large frame barn on the Robert L. Tarr farm at Adrian RD 1. Neighbors helped save the farm house and other buildings.

08/22/1929 – Alexander Bertino, 26, of Leechburg was killed when his car crashed into a culvert at the bottom of Cook Summit Hill.

08/22/1929 – Percy Knappenberger, 17, died in the hospital here from injuries received in an automobile accident.

08/22/1929 – In spite of the efforts by the county superintendent of schools to have all schools of Armstrong County filled with teachers, ten vacancies still exist.