Remember When: 1945

Thursday, July 11, 2019 | 6:00 AM


In the news this week 74 years ago:

• The Greater Pittsburgh Parks Association announced a fundraising campaign to purchase 125 acres, including the Slippery Rock Creek gorge and the popular McConnell’s Mills picnic spot. The effort to raise $25,000 would purchase the former Thomas Hartman property, which included a mile of the gorge. The Herald encouraged Valley residents to support the cause, stating that the governments of Pittsburgh, Butler, New Castle, Ellwood City and Beaver Valley had already pledged their support. “… It is hoped that the Sewickley Valley people, many of whom have long counted the Mills as one of the favored objectives of a day’s outing, will willingly share in this eminently worthy conservation project.”

Edmund W. Arthur, contributing background information on the proposed park area, wrote, “So, geologist, botanist, biologist, artist, historian, novelist or just ‘plain citizen’ like ourselves, ready to enjoy the unrivaled beauty of your own Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, go visit — or revisit — without delay, McConnell’s Mills, and while the spirit is upon you, lend your support to the project to save for posterity this beauty spot which once destroyed can never be restored.”

• Dravo Corp. was named winner of the Admiral Land Safety Award for 1944. The accolade recognized the shipbuilding firm as having the best safety record of 225 other shipyards in the competition. “This trophy is a coveted symbol of safety in one of the most hazardous trades,” Herald reporters wrote.

• Lt. Thomas W. McCormick of the U.S. Army Transport Command, urged local residents to assist in securing housing for 75 servicemen assigned to the Moon Township airport. Many of the men in question had wives and children to accommodate, and all available housing in the Coraopolis area had been exhausted. McCormick suggested that Sewickley residents traveling for the summer might rent out their homes to the servicemen.

• Police Chief Noland of Leetsdale said July 4, 1945, established a record in the town: not a single emergency call all day. The Ambridge Daily Citizen called it “an epochal day in the annals of the Leetsdale police department.”