Historical Headlines – October 11

10/11/1969 – The Ford City Community Library Committee has raised $21,500 for the purpose of providing better library facilities in the community. Approximately $6,000 in pledges remain outstanding, according to fund-raising chairman, John Englert. Englert hopes to build a new library. A $35,000 library site was purchased by Ford City Borough and donated to the library.

10/11/1969 – “Frozen into Zombies, Doomed to Unbearable Horrors….People Puppets at the Mercy of Fiendish Madman in a Chamber of Torture!” This is how today’s movie, “Nightmare in Wax,” was described in a local drive-in advertisement.

10/11/1969 – Extensive remodeling gave the Eagles home on South Water Street a new appearance outside as windows were changed and the top of the front got new bricks. A porch to the left was removed and the building painted. There was no remodeling inside, but there may be later according to a club spokesman.

10/11/1969 – C. H. Hanner, superintendent of Armstrong School District, officially resigned his position, effective Dec. 31, 1969, during the latest meeting of the Armstrong School Board. Hanner’s career in education began 41 years ago, as a mathematics teacher and coach at Dayton High School.

10/11/1969 – Renovation of elementary schools is planned. An addition will be built to Kittanning Township Elementary at a cost of $696,825 for 423 pupils. Shannock Valley Elementary would be enlarged for 638 students at a cost of $372,375. Sugarcreek Elementary near Cowansville will have 437 students when renovation is complete at a cost of $812,925.

10/11/1954 – Ft. Knox, Ky: An Army pilot from Kittanning walked away from his helicopter practically unharmed after it crashed before 10,000 spectators at an air show here Saturday. The flier, Capt. Alder P. Betti of Kittanning RD 5, suffered only a bruised hip.

10/11/1949 – The highest degree that can be awarded to any Future Farmer was bestowed on a Dayton RD youth today at Kansas City. Kenneth Paul Brice of Dayton RD 2 received the American Farmer degree from the Future Farmers of America, a national farm organization.

10/11/1944 – Curfew sounds again in Kittanning tonight for the first time since shortly after American’s entry into the war.

10/11/1944 – One of the largest barns in the county, located on the James T. McCullough farm on the Garretts Run Road, burned to the ground today after fire broke out near the roof of the building.

10/11/1939 – Always one of the most popular features of any outdoor meet, the coon chase is expected to be one of the highlights of the all-day program of Armstrong County Hunting and Fishing Club’s Field Trials, Thursday night at the Pony Farm near West Kittanning.

10/11/1939 – The body of Joseph Dutch, 19-year-old Army private who died yesterday of injuries received in an automobile accident at Ft. George G. Meade, Md., arrived at Ford City on an early morning train today and was removed to his former home in North Buffalo Twp.

10/11/1934 – Frank Heilman, a well-known Civil War veteran of Kittanning Township, celebrated his 89th birthday today at his home in Ford City RD 2.

10/11/1934 – Work on the new gymnasium building at Ford City, suspended since Aug. 15, will be resumed Monday morning. Because of a lack of RWD funds, completion of the building, considered the outstanding RWD project in Armstrong County, had been delayed.

10/11/1929 – Dayton today is celebrating opening of the Cassidy School-Dayton improved road. There was a large delegation from Kittanning present.

10/11/1908 – Dayton had only an eight-man pumper to fight the big fire that took place, but had trouble finding water because of continued drought it was reported. The fire took place on Sept, 8 in the dining room of the Exchange Hotel on Main Street. Every building on State, School, Church, and Main streets was destroyed. The fire was said to have been started by a gas explosion. Mrs. C. W. Frey, wife of the hotel manager, was engaged in sewing on the third floor when the fire broke out. Her escape on the stairs was cut off, so she ran onto the veranda, climbed on the roof, then down a ladder. She had inhaled flames and was badly burned, dying later.


BIBLE MEDITATIONSing unto the Lord a news song, and his praise in the congregation of saints. – Psalm 149:1    Praising God in all that you do will be a new song to Him!