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Looking back at TAHS football in 1941

The biggest interest in the Tyrone area in Sept. 1941 Primary was the school board vote. Democrats George C. Wilson Jr., and Robert Rothrock were nominated for a full term, along with A.O. Morrison. Morrison, who also announced as a candidate for a four-year term was also a nominee for that along with Wilson and Frank W. Acklin, who tied for second. Morrison also won nomination for a two-year term, with Luther Woomer second. Withdrawal of Morrison from the contest for the full six-year term, would give Acklin the place on the ballot, letting Morrison pick his own spot on the Nov. ballot.
On the Republican ballot, Foster E. Barr and A. J. Hickes and J.J. Woodring won nomination for the full term. Acklin won for the four-year term and Luther Woomer for the two-year spot.
Westley B. Robinson won both parties nomination for Justice of the Peace.
Several new faces were elected to the council chamber to begin Jan. 1942. In the second ward, it was B. J. Dively, who won both party’s nominations over Frank Wagner. In the sixth ward, Lynn Ferner decisively defeated incumbent Karl E. Miller for the Republican nomination, while in the seventh ward, E.E. Mauk, a former councilman, received the Republican nomination, beating Karl N. Davis.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s mother died in the fall of 1941. The 86-year old Sarah Delano Roosevelt died at the family Hudson Valley estate. The death postponed a world-wide radio broadcast which the president had been scheduled to make
The British Royal Air Force (RAF) struck a mighty blow at Berlin over night and early the next morning, also hammering at the German naval base at Kiel and the Nazi-occupied French port of Boulogne. Some of the heaviest bombers in the ever-growing RAF long distance high-flying Atlantic fleet participated in the raid.
At the Wilson Theatre on Tuesday and Wednesday were Walter Pidgeon and Greer Garson in “Blossoms in the Dust, while at the El Patio, you could see “Angels with Broken Wings, starring Binnie Barnes, Gilbert Roland and Billie Gilbert.
Pursuant to the proclamation issued by President Roosevelt, a large number of Tyrone retail stores had defense stamps of all denominations in their stores.
The Tyrone Chamber of Commerce was engaged in setting up the sale of stamps with various merchants and Tyrone was once again expected to do its full share in carrying out the plan to secure funds for national defense.
The sale of Defense Savings Stamps in retail stores was a departure from the usual method of confining the sale to banks and post offices. One of the purposes of the sale in stores, was to acquaint the public with the advantages of buying Defense Savings Stamps.
The Russians troops counter-attacked the Germans in the Smolensk Region of Russia. The Germans were said to have lost 12,000 officers and men, 340 tanks and armored cars, 140 heavy guns and 400 trucks, along with 47 Nazi planes shot down. Soviet information said Nazi legions had been hurled back across the Upper Dneiper River.
The Russian offensive raised the hopes in Moscow of a beak-through that might relieve Nazi pressure on Leningrad to the north and the beleaguered Black Sea port of Odessa.
Commanded by Marshall Semyon Timeshenko, the advancing Soviet forces were declared to have eliminated more than 80,000 Nazi troops and smashed hundreds of German tanks and guns.
The borough’s automobile sales were being well taken care of in the early 1940s. Rupert Chevrolet at 215 East 19th Street had the Oldsmobile B-44 “Better Looking, Better Lasting, Better Built than any oldsmobile in 44 years, with Hyrdro-Matic drive, no clutch to press, no gears to shift, with double-duty bumpers and new fuselage fenders in five separate series, two in HP sixes and three in 110 HP eights. At Shopes Garage at 1209 Blair Avenue, “Power Speaks Louder Than Words” was the theme. The one-and-a half ton Dodge truck with 115 horsepower and the 120 horsepower ton-and-a half Special were the talk of the lot. “Depend on Dodge job-rated trucks.” “There is no bottleneck in brains,” the J.C. Davis Motor Sales at Blair Avenue and 10th Street advertised. There, two thoughts stood supreme in planning for new cars of 1942- In their materials these cars must not trespass on the current needs of national defense, and in their quality and performance, they must not be an “ersatz” product. The new Buick, it seemed to them, superbly proved these thoughts.
Against Morris Township, on Oct. 10, 1942, at Gray Field, the Tyrone Golden Eagles (6-0) played the entire first quarter in a downpour, that cleared up after that to reveal some stars in the sky.
Playing for Golden Eagle head coach Steve Jacobs, who had played and coached at Morris Township, Tyrone scored twice in each of the second and fourth quarters to tag the Morris Townshippers with a 26-0 loss.
The first stanza was a toss up, but the Eagles began to move the ball in the second quarter. Noel ran a Township punt 10 yards to the T-20, where the Orange and Black put the ball in play.
Red Thomas picked up 12 yards in two plays for a first down to get started. Noel ran a reverse from Elmer Parker for 13 yards and then another reverse, Parker to Thomas netted 18 more yards and two first downs in two plays. A Parker to Thomas reverse, the third in a row netted six yards, before Parker kept the ball and picked up 10 more to the MT-15. Raymond Robinson took the ball, getting around left end for nine yards, and Parker capped the 80-yard march with the six-yard TD.
The second Tyrone touchdown followed quickly. After forcing a Philipsburg punt. Tyrone got an 18-yard run back by Noel. Parker went around right end and behind some nice blocking, scampered for 42 yards to the Township-11. Thomas broke through the line on the next play for the 11-yard score. Parker’s run for the extra point gave the Eagles a 13-0 advantage at the half.
Early in the fourth quarter, Thomas intercepted a Morris Township pass and returned it 21 yards to the MT-17. Robinson lost five, but Parker went around left end for 21 yards to the one-yard line. Noel plunged through right guard for the TD.
Finally, with the Tyrone reserves in the game, Vincent Hagg recovered a Morris Township fumble at the MT-32. After Jim Bonsell’s pass to Charlie Foust was incomplete, Hagg went through the middle for seven yards, and Bonsell, presently, in 2008, the Mayor of Bellwood, picked up three yards, just short of a first down. Hayes Bickel went through the middle for a first down at the MT-15. Bonsell went through center for five yards, before Hagg hit right guard, spun to his left, cut in again and over for the 10-yard touchdown. Bonsell went around right end for the PAT and a 26-0 final.