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Looking back at TAHS football in 1941

Winters Music Store had lowboy pianos, with exquisite carved decorations and gracefully-shaped legs of the Louis XV period, only slightly more than a yard in height and occupying less space that a 2X5 rug, with a standard 88-note keyboard in the fall of 1941. The W. F. Hiller Agency at 970 PA Avenue advertised “Sound Protection that Pays.” “Our insurance means prompt adjusting-It’s all the word means.” Levine Brothers offered quality men’s and boy’s clothing at 1058 PA Avenue. Acme Market at 1021-23 PA Avenue had peaches, two large cans for 29 cents; Acme corn two cans for 23 cents, a dozen for $1.35; Gibbs pork and beans four cans for 19 cents; New Pack early June peas two cans for 19 cents. US #1 sweet potatoes were six-pound for 19 cents, US #1 new white potatoes were 2 full 15-pound pecks for 47 cents. Swifts cooked hams were 33 cents per pound, round, sirloin or club steak cost 35 cents a pound. Fresh, assorted cold meat cuts were one-half pound for 18 cents. Lean, heavy bacon, any size piece was 29 cents a pound.
At the Wilson Theatre you could see “Bad Men of Montana,” with Dennis Morgan Wayne Morris, Arthur Kennedy and Jane Wyman, who would marry another young actor named Ronald Reagan. Later in the week, Penny Singleton and Arthur Lake starred in “Blondie in Society.” Over the weekend you could view James Cagney and Bette Davis in “The Bride Comes C.O.D.”
Next door at the El Patio it was the East Side Kids in “Flying Wild,” then in midweek, it was Jane Withers in “A Very Young Lady.” Finally on Friday and Saturday, it was Tim Holt and Marjorie Reynolds in “Cyclone on Horseback.”
A conference, held in Washington D.C., of representatives of the railroads and oil companies , resulted in a decision to reduce sharply the rates for hauling oil and gasoline from the south and west to the Atlantic seaboard by tank car. Railroad representatives had stated that the use of 20,000 idle tank cars would relieve the eastern gas shortage.
In the 1041 world of major league baseball, during the early part of the football season, a pair of New York teams were on top of their respective leagues. The Brooklyn Dodgers had a game edge in the National League, followed closely by the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cincinnati Reds were 13 games back, Pittsburgh Pirates were 13 and 1/2, New York Giants 21, Chicago Cubs 26 back, Boston Braves 31 and Philadelphia Phillies 31 and 1/2 back in the cellar. In the American League, the New York Yankees were cruising with a 20 and 1/2 game cushion over the Boston Red Sox and Chicago White Sox a distant tie for second. The Cleveland Indians were fourth 22 and 1/2 out, followed by Detroit Tigers 24 and 1/2 down, St. Louis Browns 30, Philadelphia Athletics 31 and the Washington Senators at the bottom, 33 and 1/2 down. Washington, some sly sports writer had written was “First in War, First in Peace, and last in the American League.”
The Federal Treasury faced a $10 billion deficit in 1941, despite a new record breaking tax bill. A federal treasury deficit of between nine and 10 billion dollars was forecast for 1941, by Sen. George (Dem. from Georgia), chairman of the Finance Committee, who piloted the huge revenue measure through the Senate.
The new tax bill, George explained, was effective on all 1941 incomes, both personal and corporation. Excise taxes were to be installed on Oct. 1, 1941, while :”death duties” and gift taxes would become effective the day President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the bill, which first had to go to a joint House-Senate Committee to iron out the differences between the Senate and House tax bills.
The primary election was held on Tuesday, Sept. 9, in 1941. There was a very light turnout in the voting places in and around the Tyrone borough. In he Republican primary Judge William M. Parker was the Supreme Court nominee, George G. Patterson was the nominee for the Common Pleas Court, John E. Harvey for sheriff, John B. Elliot for prothonotary. Democratic selections were Samuel Shull for Supreme Court, Michael Musmanno for Common Pleas Court, Frederick Bartholomew for sheriff and James E. Spence, Jr. for prothonotary. Tyrone’s Richard Gilbert trailed by some 8,800 voted county-wide in the race for Supreme Court, but carried every ward in his home town.
On Friday, Oct. 4, 1941, the Tyrone Orange and Black made it 27 straight games, without suffering a loss by turning back Jersey Shore in a downpour.
In rain that fell all during the game, the Golden Eagles used two touchdowns and a pair of safeties for the triumph, against the scrappy Shoremen, who inaugurated their new light system.
The first score came on a Tyrone punt, when a jarring tackle knocked the ball away from Jersey Shore runner on the JS-five. Jersey Shore recovered in their own end zone for a safety and a 2-0 Tyrone lead, after a scoreless first quarter.
Richard Fisher returned the following free kick a dozen yards for Tyrone, from midfield to the Shore-38. Elmer Parker picked up three on the first call, before Ralph “Red” Thomas, behind beautiful blocking went off tackle for the 35-yard touchdown and an 8-0 advantage at halftime.
Jersey Shore punted, and Ken Noel returned the kick 10 yards to the JS-30. In nine plays, the Eagles moved to the one, where Parker was stopped inches short. Shore attempted to kick out of trouble in the pouring rain, and the Tyrone defense blocked the kick out of the end zone for their second safety of the game and a 10-0 lead near the end of the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter, several punts were exchanged, before Noel returned one 17 yards to put the ball at the JS-31.
A reverse, Parker to Ray Robinson who circled left end picked up 21 yards to the Shore-10. After a five-yard penalty set the ball back to the 15, Tyrone was stopped for just one yard gain on the first two plays. From the 14, Parker tossed a forward pass to Charlie Faust for the TD and a 16-0 final score.