Historical Headlines – January 13

01/13/1970 – “Some vehicle owners are using the streets as garages,” Chief Sadeski said, “and leave their automobiles on the roadways for days.” Ford City police are “cracking down” on vehicles parked in Ford City streets for periods of 12 hours or longer Stanley Sadeski, Ford City police chief said today.

01/13/1970 – Andrew Ruzanic of Kittanning RD7, coordinator of Lenape Vocational-Technical School, was appointed as acting director last night. He will continue until a replacement for Robert Rathfon is found. Ruzanic will receive an additional $100 per month for his added duties.

01/13/1970 – Norman Kaufman, director of Armstrong County Mental Health Clinic, announced a foster home program for the mentally ill, on leave from Torrance State Hospital, is working out well. At the present time, Kaufman said, clinic staffers are supervising more than 30 patients, either in their own or in foster homes.

01/13/1965 – Joseph “Joe” Debsky, Kittanning High School band director, told of the band’s invitation to perform next summer at the New York World’s Fair when he spoke at a dinner-meeting of Kittanning-Ford City Chamber of Commerce.

01/13/1965 – Kittanning High wrestlers scored one of the biggest-ever triumphs here last night, a stunning 21-20 upset of  Norwin that ended the Knights’ dual meet winning streak at 11.

01/13/1960 – Ford City Glassers led by only a small margin most of the way as they edged Vandergrift 55-54 to hang on to a triple deadlock for first place in WPIAL Section One.

01/13/1960 – Visitors have been banned by Armstrong County Commissioners at Armstrong County (Armsdale) Home, because of a prevalence of respiratory ailments.

01/13/1960 – Joseph S. McCracken, one-time Kittanning High School coach who combined a flare for writing with exceptional athletic ability, died in Wilkes Barre Veterans Administration Hospital.

01/13/1955 – A former Kittanning minister who resigned his pastorate here to go into retirement after nearly 50 years in the ministry is bringing new life to a Pittsburgh church that once voted on disbanding. In March, 1952, three months after leaving the pulpit of Kittanning First Presbyterian Church, Dr. Michael M. McDivitt was invited to fill the pulpit of Shady Avenue Presbyterian Church for one month as a supply pastor.

01/13/1955 – A new motion picture, “John Wesley” will be shown at Ford Memorial Methodist Church. The Rev. L. L. Hollenbeck, pastor of the church, said the feature-length film was produced by the Radio and Film Commission of the Methodist Church in cooperation with J. Arthur Rank.

01/13/1955 – An old Kittanning landmark, now the home of Mateers Furniture Store, was sold this week for the first time in its long history. The three-story building at Market and Jefferson Streets was sold for $85,000 to Clair F. Mateer, who owns an interest in the furniture business along with a brother, George, and a sister-in-law, Mrs. Louise Mateer. The building, constructed in the mid-19th century on the old Kittanning public square, site of the first county courthouse, was purchased from the Alice Colwell estate.

01/13/1950 – Objections to the annexation of South McGrann to Ford City Borough were heard in Armstrong County court as the Manor Township solicitor called South McGrann residents to the stand.

01/13/1950 – The honorary Keystone Farmer Degree was conferred this week at Pennsylvania Farm Show upon 23 men, included was Charles M. McClelland, a Dayton native who teaches agriculture in Trinity High School, Washington.

01/13/1945 – Butler District officials have been informed that a prisoner of war camp will be opened at Deshon Hospital (now Veterans Administration Hospital) on April 1. The prisoners will work as gardeners and fruit growers throughout Butler County.

01/13/1945 – The first gold star will be placed on the service flag of the Worthington Lutheran Church during the worship service Sunday. The star will be placed on the flag in memory of Machinist’s Mate John William Adams, who died Nov. 8, 1944 in Hawaii.

01/13/1940 – Homes, farm lands; industries, occupations, coal deposits – in the order named – make up the wealth of Armstrong County – nearly 50 million dollars for tax purposes.

01/13/1940 – A raid on a card game in a summer cottage on the Pony Farm Road one mile off Route 422 in East Franklin Twp., resulted in arrest of five John Does, each of whom posted $7 forfeits on charges of gambling.

01/13/1930 – In accordance with provisions of the new Borough Code, Burgess Thomas Norr has issued orders to police to stop the parking of automobiles in public alleys of the borough adjacent to the Borough Building.

BIBLE MEDITATIONAnd I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. – John 12:32  Jesus announced that He would magnetize “all men.” He is still mankind’s most attracting figure.