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Looking back at TAHS football in 1943

With the 1943 baseball season just days from being over, the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League and the New York Yankees in the American League had locked up berths in the World Series. The Cincinnati Reds were second, the Brooklyn Dodgers third. Pittsburgh Pirates fourth, and Chicago Cubs fifth in the senior circuit. In the American League, the Washington Senators were second, Cleveland Indians third and Chicago White Sox fourth.
American Flying Fortresses blasted the German industrial city of Frankfurt in the wake of a devastating British Royal Air Force night assault on Kassel, 90 miles to the northeast.
Deadly American P-47 Thunderbolts escorted the four-engined raiders to their targets.
Reports indicated heavy damage was inflicted on Kassel, a city of 217,000 population. It was the fifth raid hurled against Germany in seven nights.
Kassel was one of the German towns flooded when RAF Lancasters breached the Eden River dam 35 miles to the southwest in May 1943.
At home, the Roosevelt administration dispatched its ace trouble shooter, Economic Stabilizer Fred Vinson to Congress in an attempt to quell the worst tax revolt in the legislative branch since depression days more than a decade before.
Vinson prepared to face the hostile House Ways and Means Committee, which was considering the revenue question, and the leader of the revolt in 75-year old chairman Representative Robert Doughton (a Democrat from North Carolina).
It had become known that Senator George (Democrat, Georgia), chairman of the Tax-writing Senate Finance Committee was privately opposed to the program of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his supporters.
“I feel,” said Doughton in a formal statement, “that the program is more ambitious and calls for more tax, in aggregate, that the tax-payers can reasonably bear at this time, in view of the already heavy tax liability.”
“In expressing publicly, what many members were saying privately,” Doughton added speaking to Randolph Paul, the treasury’s general consul, “You must forget that we have to live with the folks back home. You don’t.”
Holders of “A” coupons in 17 eastern states and the District of Columbia, were given more gasoline, while motorists with the “B” and “C” coupons in the area from the Atlantic coast to the Rocky Mountains, had their rations cut.
The OPA increased weekly rations for “A” book motorists from one and a half to two gallons by shortening the validity period of coupons. A half gallon was cut from the value of “B” and “C” coupons in the eastern arena and a full gallon in all, other states east of the Rockies to make the value uniform at two gallons per coupon,
“A” rations for midwest and southwest motorists remain at three gallons a week, but the OPA specified that one gallon must be used for occupational driving.
“The effect was to allow two gallons a week for unrestricted driving for motorists from the Rocky Mountains to the Atlantic coast,” the OPA said.
Roy Patton, operating as the Patton Meat Company, just west of Tyrone, was given a hearing before the district OPA board, in Altoona, on the charge of selling meat above OPA ceiling prices and not grading meats.
The Patton Meat Company slaughterer s and retail meat dealers were cited as having sold meat to several persons and charging higher than established OPA ceiling prices.
Patton, as operator of the company, was suspended from OCT. 11-18 from in any way handling meats, fish, fats and cheese. Mr. Patton stated that the 90-day suspension as given in other county newspapers was entirely incorrect.
“Chatterbox,” with Joe E. Brown and Judy Canova; “Wild Bill Elliott” starring Wild Bill Elliott; Mr. Lucky,” starring Cary Grant and Loraine Day, and “Buckskin Frontier,” with Richard Dix, were showing at the El Patio Theater during the week, while “Desert Victory,” the fabulous truth about Rommel’s rout from Africa and “What’s Buzzin’, Cousin,” with Ann Miller, Eddie “Rochester “ Anderson and John Hubbard and “Dixie,” with Bing Crosby, Dorothy Lamour, Marjorie Reynolds, Billy de Wolfe and Lynne Overman, were among the movies at the Wilson Theater next door.
The Tyrone Golden Eagles wasted little time in drubbing a high regarded Clearfield football 33-0 on Oct. 22, 1943. After dropping their second one-point loss of the season to Philipsburg squad a week before, Tyrone (6-2) had everything going-kicking, passing, running, tackling and of course-touchdowns.
Coach Max Cook’s Cookies as they were dubbed in the Tyrone Daily Herald struck three times in the second quarter, putting on a big show. After putting a TD on the board in the opening quarter, the initial second-quarter tally score came after a Fred Bressler to James Miller netted 45 yards and Vince Hagg, playing his final game for the Orange and Black before going into the Armed Forces, scored the TD on a line plunge later. The next touchdown was set up by a Clearfield fumble with the Orangemen going right down the field to score with Chester Mingle carrying the ball across the goal line. The third score came as a result of a pass to Harris Yaudes.
In the first quarter, a Bressler pass to Miller was good for 45 yards to the C-4. Clay Lamborn sliced the distance in half with a two-yard plunge and then Bressler covered the final two yards for the touchdown.
In the second quarter, following Bressler and Miller hooked up, Lamborn lateraled to Bressler for nine yards and Hagg took the next snap for a two-yard TD on the opening play of the second quarter. Bressler passed to Wendell Wrye for the extra point.
William Crain recovered a Clearfield fumble on the Bisons-32. Hagg picked up eight yards around right end, then Mingle picked up the first down to the 21. Mingle circled end again for 16 yards and two plays later scored the three-yard touchdown. Bressler passed to Miller for the PAT.
Starting from the Tyrone-41, Hagg ran a reverse from Lamborn for eight yards. Mingle went through left tackle for 20 yards to the C-32. Bressler circled right end for 11 yards and a first down, then passed to Yaudes for the 21-yard TD a play later. Bressler took a lateral from Lamborn for the extra point and a 27-0 halftime lead.
The only score in the second half came midway through the third quarter. Bressler returned a Clearfield punt seven yards to the Bisons-38. Lamborn and Bressler each took a turn to move the sticks for a first down at the C-28. On third-and -five, Bressler dashed to the Clearfield-15 for a new set of downs. Lamborn picked up eight yards on two carries, before Bressler was stopped at the line of scrimmage. On fourth-down-and-two, Bressler hit off right tackle for the seven-yard TD.