A look at the Valley's past in the language of the times | Compiled by Sis Reola
100 years ago
N.K. council wants bond issued for improvements
New Kensington Council will take preliminary steps toward asking the voters of the city to authorize a bond issue of $100,000 which is to be used for the general improvement of the town. Improvements at present in the city are at a standstill, council already having contracted for work enough to use up the funds at present in the borough treasury.
75 years ago
175 marchers, 25 fire companies represent Arnold at parade
Arnold led the parade in more than one way at East Brady. With 25 fire companies in the line of march, the borough of Arnold was by far the best represented. In all, the borough was represented by approximately 175 marchers. The Arnold department had the most men in line at the parade and won several other prizes.
50 years ago
Parking lot at 4th and 10th to replace First Ward School
Demolition of New Kensington's First Ward School will begin to make way for expansion of the city's newest parking lot. The parking lot, at 4th Avenue and 10th Street, will provide a maximum capacity for the whole lot of 200 autos on peak shopping days.
25 years ago
Plum mayor O'Block resigns after 30+ years
Plum Mayor Anthony E. O'Block, 84, stepped down from the post he had held for more than 30 years. O'Block, who has been mayor since Plum was incorporated as a borough in 1957, resigned by letter. The letter said poor health prevents him from properly fulfilling his duties.
15 years ago
Apollo agency moves to fire hall
The need for additional space has prompted the Apollo Area Agency on Aging to move to a borough fire hall. After 15 years in a building in Owens Grove Park, the Apollo senior center will move its operation to Apollo Hose Company No. 3 Fire Hall. The fire house is about two blocks from the center's current location.
10 years ago
Entertainer Bob Hope dies at 100
Bob Hope, who turned 100 on May 29, died of pneumonia at his Toluca Lake home in California. Hope appeared in more than 70 films and shorts, hosted the Academy Awards 14 times, appeared in many stage productions and television roles, was the author of 14 books and was noted for his numerous USO shows entertaining American military personnel.
Five years ago
Oakmont Yacht Club Regatta has more than 120 boats
The 106th Oakmont Yacht Club Regatta drew a record number of boats this year — more than 120, compared to 60 to 80 in previous years — and about 3,000 people are expected before the regatta ends today.