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Looking Back at TAHS Football in 1939

The President’s Commission on the assassination of John F. Kennedy, known as the Warren Commission published its conclusions during this week in 1964. The conclusion reached was that Lee Harvey Oswald acted independently.
Oswald’s mother continued to insist that there was no proof he son killed Kennedy. A Communist youth publication in Moscow said the assassination was the result of a right wing reactionary coup.
The 888-page report added that there was no foolproof system to protect a president. The Committee decided that Oswald was capable of killing a prominent man such as the president to take out a grudge against a society he felt had frustrated him at every turn. Also that there were deficiencies and lapses in the organization set up to protect the President of the United States.
The Tyrone Herald published a series of five articles by the United Press International that explored in detail the findings of the Warren Commission report.
President Johnson and his top aides believed that the Communist Red Chinese were ready to detonate a primitive atomic device as the Communist celebrated their 15th anniversary of their takeover of mainland China. Secretary of State Dean Rusk asserted that such an explosion might occur sometime in the near future.
Officials estimate when the Chinese do explode their bomb, it will be about the size of the original US experimental A-bomb blast at Alamagordo, New Mexico in 1945. That was in the 20 kiloton range, roughly equivalent to 20,000 tons of TNT.
Authorities determined that it would take the Red Chinese as long as 10-15 years to develop nuclear missiles.
An anti-automation strike by some 60,000 longshoremen paralyzed US ports from Maine to Texas, stopping the multi-billion dollar maritime industry, President Johnson had already begun preliminary preparations to obtain a Taft-Hartley Act injunction to suspend the walkout for a “cooling off” period of 90 days.
The week was declared “Fire Prevention week,” with a big parade on Monday. All three Tyrone voluntary fire companies were involved. Emanuel E. Rodgers was the mayor, John B. Keefer Borough Fire Chief and Levi Boyd Parade Chairman of the Tyrone Fire Prevention Committee.
Miss Betsy Esber was chosen “Miss Fire Prevention,” in a contest sponsored by the Tyrone Jaycees and was presented with a savings bond.
The Lion Inn on the road to Nealmont featured Saturday and Sunday specials-Strawberry Sundaes 19 cents each. Dean Manspeaker 1254 Blair Avenue was you Nationwide Insurance salesman. The Acme Market Washington Avenue on Rt.220 offered all kinds of vegetables and fruit, potatoes, apples, Richland butter, sliced hams, Mrs. . Filbert margarine, canned veggies too, with 50 extra S & H Green Stamps. If you wanted Nelsons Little Furs, pelts, stoles, capes and scarfs, The Wing Shop 1057 PA Avenue was the place to go, ladies. When you needed money for those fall expenses, you could go to The Budget Plan, 23 West 10th Street for up to $3,500.
At the local movie theater, Pat Boone was starring in “Never Put it in Writing,” at the Wilson Theater. Later in the week an all-star cast with Richard Burton, Ava Gardner, Deborah Kerr and Sue Lyon were appearing in “The Night of the Iguana.” At the Super 220 Drive-In, Rock Hudson and Jennifer Jones were starring in Ernest Hemmingway’s “A Farewell to Arms,” and Bridget Bardot was starring in “Please Not Now,”
The 33rd Annual Sinking Valley Farm Show came to an end on Saturday night with the largest crowd in history of the event attending the auction following the close of the exhibitions.
Miss Faye Kephart was the sweepstakes winner with a total of 88 points. Second place went to Mrs. Evelyn McCutcheon with 76 points and third to Harry Johnson with 31 points.
West Berlin officials announced that 57 East Germans escaped to the west during the weekend through a tunnel under the Berlin wall. West Berlin city officials said they escaped over a three-day period.
The East Berlin Defense Department announced later that a border guard was shot fatally by one of the western “bandits.”
The mass escape ended when four Communist border guards and three secret policemen discovered the tunnel. They opened fire with machine pistols.
The third time turned out not to be the charm for the Tyrone High School football team. Playing at Philipsburg-Osceola, on October 16, 1964, the Eagles spotted an opponent a two-touchdown lead for the third straight week and this time, even though the Golden Eagles sprinted into a temporary lead, the host Mounties sent Tyrone back down Sandy Range with their first loss of the season 19-13.
P-O put two quick first-quarter scores on the board to open a 12-0 lead.
Tyrone came roaring back with some late second-quarter lightening for two TDs of their own.
The Eagles settled down in the second quarter, moving 51 yards in 11 plays with an 11-yard by Bill Gearhart and a 13-yard pass from Terry Turnbaugh to Gearhart were the big plays with Turnbaugh rifling a short pass to Tony Singer near the goalline and Singer bulling in for the TD.
Tyrone held the Mounties without a first down on the next series and began from the T-21.
Gearhart was stopped for no gain and a Turnbaugh pass fell incomplete. On third and 10, Turnbaugh hit Max Schnellbaugh near midfield and the scrappy Tyrone end sprinted down the field for about 20 yards, before cutting towards the middle to continue on for a 79-yard score. Schnellbaugh then flipped a pass into the end zone to a wide-open Gearhart for the 13-12 lead.
The third period was scoreless with Tyrone controlling the ball for most of the time getting as close as the Philipsburg-8, but neither school was able to put the ball in the endzone.
Following a fumble recovery at the T-10 Bob Keefer for the Eagles defense, Tyrone faced a third down and 11 situation at their own 20. Turnbaugh passed down the left sideline where Philipsburg-Osceola intercepted the ball and scored on the play to take a final 19-13 win.
The Eagles had two more chances to score. Turnbaugh hit Bob McNeal with a 25-yard pass-play with time running out, but another interception ended the last hope