Historical Headlines – December 4

12/04/1969 – A law suit over a 1967 traffic accident came to a close in Armstrong County Civil Court yesterday with a jury awarding a Kittanning man $35,000 for personal injuries.

12/04/1969 – Clarion: Security measures were reinforced today at an off-campus girls’ dormitory where a Clarion State College coed was slashed with a razor blade while in bed in her third-floor room.

12/04/1969 – NATIONAL – Goucho Marx, 78, was granted a divorce from his wife, Eden Marie Marx, 38, a former model. The settlement of $1 million was levied against the performer after he told his wife she couldn’t cook and he was trading her in for a new wife. The couple was married Jan. 17, 1954 and separated on Jan 6, 1969.

12/04/1964 – A Ford City woman was honored for 58 years of service as a pianist and organist at Crooked Creek Presbyterian Church, at a congregational dinner at the church. Mrs. B. C. Klingensmith of 302 Main St., Ford City, was presented with a family Bible in recognition of her services to the church.

12/04/1964 – About 200 residents got warmed up in Hose Co. No. 4 firehall here last night for what is expected to be a mass protest of Kittanning Borough Council’s plans to adopt Monday a council-manager form of government.

12/04/1959 – Mrs. William Reese presented Armstrong County Memorial Hospital Administrator James McLaughlin a $1,612 check on behalf of Armstrong County Memorial Hospitals League. The check represented proceeds from a league bazaar.

12/04/1959 – Kittanning High School basketball coach John Rimmey said he plans to start Dave Schrecengost at a guard position tonight against Peabody in the Red and White’s home floor opener. The 6-1 guard turned his ankle in the Gateway contest and was removed from the lineup.

12/04/1959 – George Burdette, 218-pound heavyweight boxer of Ford City, is scheduled to battle in a four-round preliminary at The Palisades, McKeesport.

12/04/1954 – The fast-breaking Mountain Lions of Altoona High School rolled to a 68-46 victory over Kittanning as the two schoolboy quints opened their 1954-55 hardwood campaign. Tom Scanlon was high man for the Wildcats with 16 points.

12/04/1954 – Apollo: The First National Bank here may become a branch office of Apollo Trust Co. within two weeks. Stockholders of the First National have approved liquidation of the bank’s holdings and sale to the trust company.

12/04/1954 – The first two weeks returns from Christmas Seal letters mailed out to Armstrong County residents produced a total $8,000 in Armstrong County Tuberculosis and Health Society’s campaign for funds to fight tuberculosis.

12/04/1944 – Freeport: The morning service in Trinity Lutheran Church here Sunday was conducted as a memorial service for Sgt. James William Held. Fatally wounded while fighting in France on Aug. 1, 1944, he died the following day.

12/04/1944 – Legion Gathers Gifts for Vets. Public Invited to Share in World’s Greatest Christmas Party.

12/04/1944 – County Bond Sales Climb to $955,393.

12/04/1939 – A recruiting substation for the U. S. Army, to be open daily except Saturdays and holidays, was opened in a basement room of Kittanning Post Office building.

12/04/1939 – Struck by an auto while crossing South Water St. near Jacob, Jacob S. Uplinger, 70-year-old Whitesburg resident suffered injuries that caused his death a short time later at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital.

12/04/1939 – A thief who ransacked the Charles W. Hurd home at Christy Manor, Ford City, escaped with a pearl necklace owned by Mrs. Hurd, and other valuables.

12/04/1934 – Plans are under way to bring happiness to 1,000 children this Christmas time around a Community Christmas tree to be placed in a large auditorium here. Arrangements are in charge of the Salvation Army. Workers of the Unemployment Association are making new toys out of old ones at their headquarters in the K of P building here. Just before Christmas the toys will be displayed in a room of Steim Hotel, on Market St. The toys will be distributed from that room to families where a known need exists, and where there would otherwise be no Christmas.

12/04/1929 – Robert S. Payne Jr., who has been in charge of the highway maintenance department here, has been transferred to Erie where he will have charge of highways.

12/04/1929 – Attendance at a meeting of Pomona Grange held in Kittanning today was reduced by the fact that roads in some rural sections of the county were reported closed by snow drifts.

BIBLE MEDITATIONHe that shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God! – Micah 6:8.  This is a big order, but it is the common denominator of good citizenship.