What happened in 1954 in the Sewickley area?

Wednesday, July 4, 2018 | 8:53 PM

Here's what was making news in the Herald this week 64 years ago:

• The Allegheny River Improvement Association held its 57th annual meeting, during which the group refocused its efforts around its goal of creating a continually navigable waterway from Pittsburgh to New York City. The group, founded in 1897 as the Allegheny River Boatmen's Association, worked to remedy problems with the river, including parts of it that went dry in the summer months, and upstream bridges that were too low to admit boat traffic. The group also worked to keep the Seneca Native American tribe on their land, which abutted the river in Warren County. The Kinzua Dam project, which was under consideration at the time of this meeting, ultimately scuttled the group's goal upon its construction in 1966.

• James Miller Symes of Glen Osborne was appointed as the 13th president of the Pennsylvania Railroad, a post he held until November 1959. The Herald noted Symes as the latest in a long history of railroad executives from the Sewickley Valley.

• Catherine R. Miller of Beaver Road was appointed to the special advisory board that would guide the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission in preserving Old Economy Village as a historic site.

• Green Valley Raceway, located off Camp Horne Road at Mt. Nebo, was set to host a mid-season 35-lap championship car race. The track, which had been part of a once-thriving Pittsburgh racing scene, was later known as North Hills Raceway until it was demolished during the development of Interstate 79 in the late 1970s.

Find the entire Herald archive — dating from the first edition of Sept. 19, 1903 — on the Sewickley Public Library's digital research archives at sewickleylibrary.org.

Melanie Linn Gutowski is a Tribune-Review contributing writer.