Familiar format recounts this day in history
Nearly a dozen (actually 10) requests from readers sparked today's familiar return to Yesteryear via the archives of The Valley Independent and its predecessor newspapers, The Monessen Daily Independent and The Charleroi Mail.
70 YEARS AGO
Saturday, Sept. 4, 1943
(Sept. 5 was a Sunday)
Pamphlets will be dropped over Charleroi, Donora and Monongahela tomorrow afternoon between 4 and 5 o'clock, weather permitting, by planes of the Civil Air Patrol. Government officials said the pamphlets will deal with enlistments in the Aviation Corps.
A district steel plant wants 25 laborers Tuesday. They are accepting men 17 to 65 years of age. The work is not hard and the wages are good. Delbert Harris, manager of the U.S. Employment Office in Charleroi, said he would have employees ready to take the names of all who want to qualify Tuesday morning. The identity of the steel plant was not disclosed.
Charleroi High School's football Cougars defeated an Alumni team, 19-6, in an exhibition game yesterday at the Stadium. Francis “Nookie” Lewis, a sure shot for one of the backfield positions this season, shared the limelight with Billy Lutes as he scored two touchdowns. Lutes had the other. Frank Jones tallied for the former Cougars.
60 YEARS AGO
Saturday, Sept. 5, 1953
The Jumpin' Jive Bee Hive is ready for a busy entertainment schedule in the coming weeks. DJ Barry Kaye of radio station WJAS in Pittsburgh will spin the platters at a record hop tonight and will be followed by the Rhythm 4 Orchestra on September 9, Slim Bryant and His Wildcats on September 12 and disc jockey Francis “Slops” Delmastro on September 16.
New officers of the Fayette City American Legion Auxiliary were installed in ceremonies at the post home. They are Mrs. Anna Arrow, president; Mrs. Margaret Williamson, first vice president; Mrs. Clare Stark, second vice president; Mrs. Margaret Smith, secretary; Mrs. Estelle Opfar, treasurer; Mrs. Jane Curry, chaplain; Mrs. Thelma Dreyer, sergeant at arms, and Mrs. Ben Stockton, historian.
The first meeting of the new season of the Mon Valley B'Nai B'rith Girls was a spaghetti dinner at the Park Casino in Monessen. President Phyllis Pavloff welcomed members and their mothers. Introduced as new members were Arlene Lichter, Charleroi; Joyce Safier, Belle Vernon; Patty Cherkin, Fayette City, and Dolly Greenfield and Ruth and Barbara Marcus of Brownsville.
California Community High School's football team is preparing for the upcoming season with these veteran players: Quarterbacks Gary Kennedy and Ryan Ballant; halfback Ronnie Novak; fullback Paul Zella; end Ed Yablonski; tackles Glen Schoch, Al Liko and Larry Klein; guard Ray Kennedy, and center Bill Ballos. Jim Underwood returns as head coach of the Trojans and is assisted by Bill Watkins and Harry Hosler.
50 YEARS AGO
Tuesday, Sept. 5, 1963
William H. Pore of Monessen has been named chairman of the Business and Industry Division of the annual Mon Valley United Fund campaign, it was announced today by Thomas Malpass Jr. of Belle Vernon, campaign president. C.L. Stotler of Monongahela will serve as co-chairman.
Loblaw supermarkets, The Home of Big Discount Foods, is offering these specials: Robin Hood flour, 25 pound bag, $1.79; pork chops (all kinds), 79 cents a pound; Miracle Whip salad dressing, 32 ounce jar, 53 cents; Duz detergent, large box, 81 cents.
David Yuhasz was honored as Monessen City Marbles Tournament champion at a banquet at Allison Lescanac Post 1190 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
40 YEARS AGO
Thursday, Sept. 5, 1973
Grant City at Grant's Plaza in Rostraver Township is offering More Savings That Count with these specials on outdoor items: 4-piece redwood deck set, $58; Tete-A-Tete with umbrella, $84; deluxe webbed chaise lounge, $10; Invader 20-inch, 3.5 horsepower rotary mower, $73.
Butler defeated Charleroi, 57-50, in the Mon Valley YMCA basketball tournament. Coached by George Everett, former Rostraver and Ringgold mentor, Butler was led by Dick Horby's 18 points. Looking best for Charleroi were Rudy Malush (16), Reed Popovich (13) and John Stefano (9).
The nation's 30-million Social Security recipients can look forward to a bigger monthly check under a law signed by President Richard M. Nixon. The legislation will increase Social Security benefits by at least 5.6 percent effective July 1, 1974.
30 YEARS AGO
Tuesday, Sept. 6, 1983
(Sept. 5 was Labor Day)
The Reagan Administration is “turning a deaf ear to the pleas of organized labor and the working people, a response that will force the laborer to seek an alternative in upcoming elections,” union leaders said yesterday at a Labor Day rally at Cedar Creek Park in Rostraver Township. The “Solidarity Day” rally drew thousands who applauded statements by Joseph Odorcich, international vice president of the Untied Steelworkers of America, and Barbara Hutchinson, international vice president of the American Federation of Government Employees.
Joel Francis Rach received his doctor of medicine degree from Jefferson Medical School in Philadelphia, it was announced today. Dr. Rach, originally from Monongahela, is now residing in Philadelphia, where he will intern in the Surgery Department at Jefferson Medical Center. A 1974 graduate of Monongahela Valley Catholic High School, he is the son of Joel and Marlene Rach of Monongahela.
Monongahela Valley Catholic opened its football season with a 20-0 win over Bishop Boyle on Saturday. The Spartans, coached for the second year by Joe Ravasio, were led by Kevin Hoover, who rushed for 65 yards on eight carries and scored two touchdowns. Scott Phillips passed to Al Dunyak for the other TD and Steve DeRosa ran for the two-point conversion.
20 YEARS AGO
Saturday, Sept. 4, 1993
(Sept. 5 was a Sunday)
Southmoreland eked out a 13-6 victory over Frazier, despite a sizzling effort by quarterback Chad Salisbury of the Commodores. Salisbury, playing his first game as signal caller, completed 18 of 44 passes for 252 yards including a 34-yard touchdown pass to Steve Hough.
Ringgold's girls soccer team blanked Seton LaSalle, 5-0, in the season opener for both teams. Emily Coklinos led the Lady Rams with two goals, while Amanda Strickland, Kelli Estock and Jill Jageman had one apiece.
Monessen Volunteer Fire Department will present a full weekend of entertainment. Jim “J.D. the D.J.” Dudas will play Top 40 and Oldies music tonight at the Downstairs Club, and Laser Karaoke will be featured Sunday at the Eastgate social hall following the firemen's parade.
10 YEARS AGO
Friday, Sept. 5, 2003
Ringgold and Canon McMillan battled to a 3-3 tie in a WPIAL Class AAA Section 5 soccer contest at Ringgold. The Rams outshot the Big Macs 20-10 as Jason Kozar scored two goals and Dan Ripepi had the other one for coach Tom DeRosa's team.
Belle Vernon native Bob Kozura has been promoted to division vice president of Burger King Corp. Now living in Virginia, Kozura has worked for Burger King for more than 20 years. A graduate of California University of Pennsylvania, he will now oversee the operations of 850 Burger King franchise restaurants in Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Maryland.
Pittsburgh disc jockey Barry Kaye played the top hits of the day on Saturday, September 5, 1953 at the Jumpin' Jive Bee Hive in Charleroi.