Historical Headlines – November 19

11/19/1969 – Picture a seven-story high-rise where houses and garages stand across from Armstrong County Memorial Hospital. Michael Caruso, executive director of the County Housing Authority, is imagining the planned facility for old-people as he holds a map of the site. The U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development approved a low-rent housing loan of $2,199,016 for construction of the 100 elderly units and 15 non-elderly units adjacent to the high-rise. Plans are in full swing.

11/19/1969 – Armstrong County will contribute $100,000 towards construction of the new Armstrong County Memorial Hospital.  Armstrong County Commissioners have approved the contribution to the hospital campaign fund and stipulated that the money will be paid over five years, beginning in 1970.

11/19/1969 – Sherry Lehman, 21, of Philadelphia, editor of the Clarion State College newspaper, has been ordered to appear in court Thursday in connection with an editorial she wrote criticizing conditions in the county jail.

11/19/1969 – The Rev. Lawrence Camberg of Adrian RD 1, minister of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Adrian, was named Jaycee of the Month by the Greater Kittanning Jaycees at a meeting this week. His involvement with many religious activities and his work as director of the Community Action Agency were mentioned.

11/19/1969 – Theater owner Rox Serrao of Ford City announced the scheduled reopening of the Roxy Theater, 9th Street, Ford City, and the continuing operation of his 66 Drive-in theater as long as weather permits. Serrao said the Roxy will offer “family pictures, special children’s pictures, and keeping up with the trend of changing entertainment, specially selected adult first-runs.” Days of operation will depend on patronage, the operator said.

11/19/1964 – Kittanning Planning and Zoning Commission, which will hold the first of a series of public information meetings on Monday, is a body of civic-minded persons in the borough, appointed by the borough government. The commission describes itself as a staff agency of Borough Council and Mayor Harry Himes, Jr., responsible for getting information and giving advice.

11/19/1964 – Mrs. Samuel Kettering of 413 Highland Ave. and Mrs. George Minor of 509 N. Jefferson St. here attended the 32nd national convention of Catholic Women in Washington.

11/19/1959 – The Roxy Theater, 9th St., Ford City, will reopen for the winter season beginning tomorrow and run on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Rox Serraro is proprietor.

11/19/1959 – Manor Township supervisors have received $4,388.96 in federal funds from the Office of Civil Defense Mobilization, for claims and expenses arising from the Jan. 22 flood.

11/19/1954 – Pittsburgh Steelers John Latner and Lou Tepe were kept busy signing autographs when they appeared here for the annual football banquet given for Kittanning High School gridders by Kittanning Lions club. Ex-Notre Dame star Latner and former Duke captain Tepe spoke to the group.

11/19/1954 – The 35th anniversary of the founding of a Sunday School at Buffalo Valley by the American Sunday School Union will be observed with special services.

11/19/1954 – First-year Kittanning Teachers To Get $3,000. Bert L. Dunmire Tells directors “Some Adjustment” Probably Necessary Elsewhere.

11/19/1949 – A two-story frame dwelling of Homer Rupp, about a mile from Gastown on the Gastown-Atwood road with all its contents except a washing machine, was destroyed by fire.

11/19/1949 – Thirty-one members of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic church men’s choir sang at a High Mass at the Veterans Administration Hospital, Butler.

11/19/1934 – Dedication of a memorial table in memory of Lt. Michael Schall, a Revolutionary War soldier, attracted more than 150 persons to the Albert Riggle farm near Cochran Mills. The tablet was erected by descendants of the Revolutionary War soldier. The dedicatory program was in charge of the Kittanning Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution.

11/19/1934 – Fed by burning kerosene and oil, fire reduced the general store of E. W. Williams at Elderton to a smoldering mass of ashes. Loss, estimated at $40,000 was partially covered by insurance.

11/19/1929 – Mr. and Mrs. S. E. Rosenberger of Valley Township celebrated their silver wedding anniversary on Nov. 16 with a dinner and party at West Valley Grange Hall.

11/19/1929 – Steps for initiating Young Men’s Christian Association work in Kittanning were taken at a dinner of 120 representatives of the community at Kline’s.


BIBLE MEDITATIONFor the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword… – Hebrews 4:12   When God speaks, things happen and His power is quickly and mightily felt.