The historical marker honoring Octavius V. Catto that has stood in front of his old home at 812 South St. since 1991 was damaged by a delivery truck in a traffic accident late last month.
A spokesman for the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission said the damage to the sign – it had a large chunk torn out of its blue-and-gold cast-aluminum face – was not vandalism, which many callers had worried about, he said.
"It was hit by a pet-food delivery truck," the spokesman said. "Accidents happen."
A new marker has been ordered and should be in place within about six weeks, he added. The delivery truck company is footing the bill.