Historical Headlines – December 2

12/02/1969 – Five area servicemen were given a sendoff this morning for the armed services: James Vidanoff (Ford City, Charles Blaniar (Ford Cliff), Tom Magagnotti (Seminole), Phillip H. Booker (Leechburg) and one man who asked that his name be withheld. Gifts included a Gideons New Testament, YMCA membership cards, and comfort kits from the send-off committee.

12/02/1969 – Ford City is still without a 1970 budget since police demands on salaries and benefits will go before arbitration this week. Last year, it was reported, the arbitration award amounted to $1,300 package for each patrolman. Police want patrolmen’s salary increased from $578 per month to $700, plus a cost of living increase annually; paid hospitalization, longevity pay, two additional paid holidays (making a total of 9), paid life insurance, vacation pay, and paid false arrest insurance.

12/02/1969 – A former Kittanning school principal and industry association executive, Robert T. Laing, has taken up retirement residence at Sun City, Ariz., after ending his association with the Central Pennsylvania Coal Producers Association.

12/02/1969 – Two men suffered fatal heart attacks while hunting deer on opening day in Armstrong County. They were Blaine White, 68, of Dayton RD2 and Thomas Nicholson, 57, of North Canton, Ohio.

12/02/1969 – A funeral service is planned for Miss Margaret Grantz, 19, of Bethel Township, who was killed in a hunting accident the opening day of deer season.

12/02/1969 – Headline: Shoplifting Rise Noted by Merchants as Self-Service Increases.

12/02/1969 – Mr. & Mrs. Calvin Cornman were surprised by a party given in honor of their 59th wedding anniversary. Mrs. Cornman (the former Rose Reeseman of Putneyville) and her husband were married November 30, 1910. Their children include: Clark Cornman of Florida, Earl Cornman of Kittanning RD2, Glenn Cornman of Templeton RD1, Mrs. John (Mildred) Calhoun of Kittanning RD2, and Mrs. Ward (Edna) Taylor of Michigan. Celebrating birthdays at the event were son-in-law John Calhoun of Kittanning RD2 and a grandson, John W. Hufhand. Granddaughter Alice Hufhand baked a cake for the occasion.

12/02/1964 – A citizens committee here has called a public meeting in protest to a council-manager form of government. The committee, whose members were not identified by name, urged the public to “help us prevent an increase in taxes which the council manager plan would surely bring.”

12/02/1959 – The Kittanning High School Wildcats defeated Gateway 60-46 at Monroeville. The contest was the first of the 1959-60 basketball season for both teams.

12/02/1959 – Floyd Pierce of Cleveland St. Extension, West Kittanning, has been promoted to field training instruction of Metropolitan Life Insurance Company with offices in the New York City home office. His new duties will take him to all district offices in Pennsylvania.

12/02/1954 – Kittanning gridders, coaches, cheerleaders and parents of players gathered in Hose Co. No. 6 for a home-style dinner served by the Mothers Club. Senior players were given statuettes by the club.

12/02/1954 – Hubert Rupert, Ford City High School teacher and basketball coach, was guest speaker at the six-class reunion of local graduation class members 1936 through 1941 at the CU Hall, Sixth Ave., here.

12/02/1954 – Armstrong County courthouse is dressed for the Christmas season. Holiday greens have been added to the large lighted candle at the front of the building.

12/02/1949 – Residents of Kittanning and visitors to the town last night were dazzled by a display of Christmas decorations the like of which has not been seen here for many years.

12/02/1949 – The white snow that covered most of Armstrong County today made it a little easier for area hunters to track and spot antlered deer.

12/02/1949 – What Does Kittanning Need Most, Lions Ask. $25. Savings Bond Offered for Best Suggestion of Project for Service Group.

12/02/1944 – Armstrong County residents have invested a total of $764,140 in War Bonds to date during the Sixth War Loan campaign. This is slightly more than one-fourth of the quota of $2,700,000.

12/02/1944 – Deaths reported today: William F. Zurney, in Armstrong County Memorial Hospital; Mrs. Katherine H. Lehne, wife of Joseph H. Lehne in her home on Rayburn St.

12/02/1939 – Shots intended for antlered deer killed at least seven hunters in Pennsylvania woods yesterday, first period of the 15-day buck season, presaging one of the most hazardous big-game hunting campaigns in years.

12/02/1939 – Wattersonville Hunter, William Schaub, With Broken Back in cast, Shoots Nine-Point Buck. First Day Kill Reported to Game Protector Indicates Light County Bag.

12/02/1929 – New York: The revised Book of Common Prayer, representing a work of 15 years, went formally into use Sunday in every Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States. The book was the work of a joint commission of bishops, clergy and lay delegates headed by the Rt. Rev. Charles Lewis Slattery, Bishop of Massachusetts. There are many changes from the old text, among them being omission in the marriage service of the word obey by the bride and that of with all my worldly goods I thee endow by the bridegroom.

12/02/1929 – Timely discovery of a fire and firemen’s fine work saved Kittanning High School Sunday afternoon.

12/02/1929 – A printer telegraph machine, installed the latter part of last week in Kittanning police station by the State Police for law enforcement purposes went into operation this morning.

BIBLE MEDITATIONFor the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.  – 1 Corinthians 4:26.  Negotiations and dialogues may have a place, but it will take the power of God to bring in the Kingdom.