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Looking back at TAHS football in 1961

Maria Beale Fletcher, a 19-year old from Ashville, North Carolina, was selected as Miss America for 1962 in Atlantic City, New Jersey in Sept., 1961. She said that the first thing she did was to buy a newspaper to make sure it wasn’t a dream. Fletcher has been a Radio City Music Hall Rockette. The Hotel Dennis, Atlantic City float entered in the previous week’s Miss America Pageant Parade won the Grand Sweepstakes Trophy as the outstanding float. John M. Snyder, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Clarence Snyder of 417 W. 18th Street, Tyrone, was that hotel’s convention manager.
Locally, three Tyrone borough council members submitted their resignations. J. Scott Hommer, borough secretary dropped the bomb at the end of the two-hour council meeting, reading the letters from Guy C. Hess, Dr. Edwin L. Hassan, both Sixth Ward representatives, and John B. Jones of the First Ward.
Hess, chairman of the important highway committee, explained in his letter that he was resigning due to his conflicting duties as borough zoning officer, but Dr. Hassan and Jones gave no reason for their resignations. Dr. Hassan told a Daily Herald reporter he would rather not give a reason, Jones answered “Not yet.”
Pennsylvania governor David Lawrence paved the way for a state-wide minimum wage of $1.00 per hour to take effect January 1, 1962.
Hope for the end of the strike by a quarter-million General Motors workers who belonged to the United Auto Workers was expressed by President John F. Kennedy, who urged that efforts be redoubled.
Federal Mediation Chief William E. Simkins got the International Union of Electrical Workers and GM to agree to an indefinite extension at five GM appliance and parts plants, but a sixth at Warren, Ohio, ignored the government request and went out on strike. At the same time, GM and the UAW pledged to increase their efforts to reach an agreement by the following Monday, an unofficial deadline set by Labor Secretary Arthur Goldberg, on behalf of the president.
Tyrone Auction Sale Store, formerly Jack’s Used Furniture, moved to Grazierville and was open from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.. New and used merchandise and furniture could be bought or sold. Anything was taken on consignment. The auction sale ran every Saturday night beginning at 7 p.m. Racasi Beverage 150 West 15th Street offered party goers soft drinks and mixes and beer. Valley Forge, Iron City, RamsHead Ale, Blue Ribbon, Prior. National Bohemian, Budweiser, Old German, Utica Club, Dubois, Miller High Life and Rolling Rock pony bottles were a few of the many choices. Home improvements with no money down were the item at Clasters on Burley Avenue and 14th Street. A deluxe nine-foot birchwood kitchen that included wall cabinets, base cabinet, counter top and stainless steel sink cost $299. Roofing completely installed, insuring lasting protection with three-in-one shingles was $144-no money down for a 24X30 foot house. Clasters asked the customer to bring in their plans and sketches for their personal home improvements.
The United States set off a nuclear explosion underground fall out-free to [perfect small battlefield weapons, at the Nevada test site, the first American test in three years and exactly 14 days after Russia broke off a nuclear moratorium and resumed testing vastly larger fall-out producing weapons in the atmosphere.
United Nations Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold was killed in a plane crash while on a personal mission to try to bring peace in the Congo.
Secretary General for the previous eight years, Hammarskjold was flying to a meeting with Moshe Tshombe, president of the African government of Katanga, whose warriors were fighting UN troops.
The place crash achieved what Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev had been seeking by political pressure-removal of Hammarskjold from his post.
The four-engine plane had taken off from Leopardville carrying Hammarskjold and a small party of U.N. aides, on a flight to Ndala, where he was to meet with Tshombe, head of the rebellious Katanga Province. The smoking ruins were found in the Copper Belt of Northern Rhodesia.
At the Wilson Theatre on Monday and Tuesday Brian Keith, Maureen O’Hara, Hayley Mills and well-Hayley Mills were starring in “the Parent Trap.” From Wednesday through Saturday, “By Love Possessed” with Lana Turner and Efren Zimbalist Jr. and “The Last Time I Saw Archie,” with Robert Mitchum, Jack Webb, Martha Hyer, and France Nuyen were the features. At the Super 220 Drive-In “The Minotaur” was shown on Monday and Tuesday along with “A Matter of Morals.” On Wednesday “The Parent Trap” moved to the outdoor theater, along with Julie Adams, John Agar and David Ladd in “Raymie.”
The Golden Eagle “B” team, the forerunner of today’s junior varsity, lost their first game of the season to Bald Eagle Area 27-14. The team, composed mostly of sophomores, had trouble holding onto the football. Jim Turnbaugh scored on a 10-yard run and 65-yard pass play from Carl White for the Tyrone scores. The starting lineup included: LE-P. Ross, LT-Patton, LG-Hample, C-Burwell, RG-Summers, RT-Barto, RE-Detwiler, LHB-Kustenbauder, RHB-Gill, FB-Turnbaugh and QB-White. Subs listed were D. Ross, Burford, Ewing and Robinson.
On Friday evening Sept. 29, 1961, the Golden Eagle varsity pulled off a big upset over previously unbeaten Huntingdon 26-12.
At Gray Field, after three impressive victories, Huntingdon took the ball and immediately drove 55 yards down the field after forcing a Tyrone punt on the first series of the game. The Tyrone defense stopped the Bearcats short three straight times from the T-1, before finally Huntingdon managed a score.
Huntingdon also drove to the T-5 with a first down midway through the second quarter, but the Eagles made a terrific goal-line stand and took over at their own two yard line.
While very quiet the entire first half (only three first downs), the Tyrone offense stepped up in the second half to score twice in both the third and fourth quarters.
To begin the TD parade, Tyrone quarterback Tom Miller completed a pass to Gary Greene for 16 yards and Chet Wolford scampered 54 to set up a four-yard plunge by Wolford for the TD.
After Huntingdon ran three plays and punted, Miller legged 38 yards to the H-35, then ran a perfect roll-out a play later dashing 20 more. Several plays later, Miller finally blasted over for the two-yard TD to give Tyrone a 12-6 lead, with both PATs failing.
Three plays and one penalty later, it was a tie game again, although Bob Snyder crashed through for Tyrone to block the extra point try to keep it 12-12.
One play after the kickoff, the third quarter ended.
The third Tyrone scoring drive began on that last play of the quarter, and a large part of the 68 yards they marched for a score, came on the opening play of the fourth stanza, when Carl White bolted for 32 yards. White picked up nine more to the H-13, before Wolford was thrown for four-yard loss. Miller hit Greene for 10 yards then rolled left on the next play for the seven-yard TD. Miller also rushed for the PAT and a 19-12 Eagle lead.
Huntingdon attempted to come right back, marching to the T-25. At that point, on a fourth-and-about one foot, the Tyrone “D” turned back a run that got nowhere to take over. Later in the following series Tyrone had to punt. With four minutes to play, Huntingdon tried to pass from their own -17. An alert Gary Greene picked off a toss into the right flat and ran the interception back to the H-15. In seven plays, the Eagles took advantage of the short field to push in an insurance score. Wolford gained eight and Miller added five, before Naylor plunged the final yard for the TD. Miller set the final score with a pass to Greene.
Tyrone held a big edge in yardage with Wolford rushing for 137 yards on 27 carries and Miller adding 101 yards on 15 carries.