Historical Headlines – August 23

08/23/1969 – A grant of $30,406 has been approved for the Leechburg Area Park project. It will include a court games area, children’s play area, a senior citizen’s area, lighting, and a combination restroom-storage building. The initial grant of $14,914.50 was previously approved for the first stage of the development. Picnic tables, softball backstop, signage, and a gate has already been installed.

08/23/1969 – Cheerleaders for the two divisions of the Armstrong Indians midget football teams were selected during competitive drills at West Kittanning Memorial football field.

08/23/1969 – Robert E. Shaffer of Kittanning RD 1 has been elected regional director of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists. He is supervisor of technologists at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital.

08/23/1969 – M-Sgt. John R. Stonbraker, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Stonbraker of Dayton, received his fourth award of the U.S. Air Force Commendation medal during his retirement ceremony at Travis Air Force Base, Calif.

08/23/1969 – Ray McAfoose, son of Mr. & Mrs. A. F. McAfoose, 1140 Wilson Ave, received a master’s degree in mathematics at Colorado State University. He will teach secondary math in Rapid City, SD. He had taught one year at Kittanning Junior High School.

08/23/1954 – The State Public Utility Commission has issued a certificate of public convenience to Andrew A, Cogley Jr. of East Brady to operate a motor boat service for sight-seeing and pleasure between East Brady and Kittanning.

08/23/1954 – Pittsburgh Plate Glass Co. today announced plans to construct a huge ultra-modern plate glass producing plant at Cumberland, Md.

08/23/1949 – Kittanning Borough workmen are continuing work on a new 24-inch storm sewer which will replace a 15-inch line at Hickory St.

08/23/1949 – Firemen were called for the second time yesterday to the home of Zellars Shuster, Kittanning RD 4, when a brush fire threatened to get out of control and burn into a stand of trees.

08/23/1944 – Pvt. James W. Kennedy, 29-year-old Templeton man, was killed in action in France on August 3.

08/23/1944 – Cowansville Man Dead in Plane Crash. Lt. Clair A. Clark Killed Monday in Crash of B-24 Liberator in Colorado.

08/23/1939 – Kittanning Business Men’s Association has plans under way for encouraging improvement of a rural highway from Belknap to site of the new flood control dam on Mahoning Creek.

08/23/1939 – The second automobile victim in Armstrong County within a three-day period, Harold J. Toy, Adrian district man, was killed instantly Tuesday morning when struck by a car on a township road a mile from French’s Corners, near Adrian.

08/23/1939 – Checks totaling nearly $80,000 representing state-aid funds for teachers’ salaries, extension work and special education, will be mailed to three Armstrong County School districts during September, Auditor General Warren R. Roberts announced today.

08/23/1934 – Completing 20 hours of almost continuous work, linemen experts of Kittanning Telephone Company restored service early last night to 545 subscribers in the Apollo district who had been deprived of the use of their telephones when fire in the main frame of the Apollo exchange burned off a great number of wires. The fire caused damage of approximately $1,000.

08/23/1934 – In order to acquire more space in the building occupied at Market and Jefferson Streets, the Farmers’ National Bank of Kittanning will make some changes within a short time. Bank officials said yesterday they have not determined fully the exact nature of the changes, but intimated that improvements would involve securing of more floor space by repairs to a room formerly occupied by a barber shop on North Jefferson St.

08/23/1929 – Kittanning women golfers defeated New Kensington women Tuesday, 19 to 2 in a match on the New Kensington course.

08/23/1929 – Claude Rickets, well-known Ford City resident, died at his home yesterday after a stroke. Andrew Jackson Booher of Freeport died in the Tarentum hospital Wednesday from injuries received in an automobile accident. Oscar S. Marshall, influential Rural Valley citizen, died at his home yesterday.