On this date

75 years ago

Sept. 25, 1946

The Penn State University Altoona Undergraduate Center had over 600 students enrolled, beating the previous record of 282 by more than 300. About 75 percent of them were veterans of World War II. About 90 percent were local, from the Altoona and Hollidaysburg areas.

50 years ago

Sept. 25, 1971

Susan Candioti was selected as president of the Bishop Guilfoyle High School Forensics League, Sixth Avenue Building, and Mike Kibler as representative for the Pleasant Valley Building.

25 years ago

Sept. 25, 1996

Four local residents and an organization, Jayme Cornelius, Albert Evangelista, Lore Kimble and Heidi McCorkle, and the Skills Adult Training Facility Community Volunteer Services were to receive

J.C. Penney Co. Inc. Golden Rule Awards, at a ceremony to be held at the Ramada Inn.

10 years ago

Sept. 25, 2011

Penn-Mont Academy, Michelle Hartye principal, celebrated its 50th anniversary with ceremonies at the Heritage Discovery Center. Founder Aline Wolf, who started the school with her husband, Gerald, attended.

75 years ago

Sept. 26, 1946

Dr. Harry W. Weest of Altoona, state Secretary of Health, and

Dr. Elwood W. Stitzel of Altoona, representing the Pennsylvania Medical Society and the American Society of Pediatrics, were to take part in a survey of child health services in the state.

Patricia Brawley of Altoona, the first student to enroll at the Penn State Undergraduate Center in Altoona when it opened in September 1939, now a dramatics teacher at Roosevelt Junior HIgh School, was to teach dramatics at the Undergraduate Center. She also attended Shippensburg State Teachers College and studied in Cuba.

50 years ago

Sept. 26, 1971

Donal Moynihan, 21, and Ann Reilly, 20, college students from Ireland, were hitchhiking around the United States and Canada and stopped overnight in Altoona. They first worked in the states to raise money for their tour.

James Treher of the Pittsburgh office of the FBI was holding training classes at the Penn Alto Hotel on organized crime sports betting and the numbers racket for local police leaders from Altoona, Logan Township and Pennsylvania State Police.

25 years ago

Sept. 26, 1996

An Altoona Mirror telephone service called Mirror Link took survey calls from 27 residents, 25 of which said they didn’t feel safe in their homes because of rising local crime rates.

After a police officer was shot and wounded at the Penn Alto Hotel, a group of about 30 hotel residents came to City Hall and said they wanted a closer relationship with City Council and city police. Police Chief John Reilly said his department would meet with them.

10 years ago

Sept. 26, 2011

Former Everett High School teacher Dan Atwood was forming the first marching band at Saint Francis College in Loretto and it had already been invited to play at parades, high school competitions and at an Altoona Curve baseball game even though it wasn’t complete yet.

About 16 students from Penn State Altoona were constructing a cabin on Beckers Lane in Altoona based on the Henry David Thoreau book “Walden.” It was in a 40-acre plot of land the campus owned called Seminar Forest.

— Compiled by Tim Doyle


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