Sports Tyrone Daily Herald Archives

Looking back at TAHS football in 1941

The Tyrone Players opened their season on Oct. 16, 1941, by presenting “Abie’s Irish Rose.” Eugene Dayton was the director, when the play was performed in the old YMCA auditorium. The cast included: Edward Hazey, a guest actor from Altoona, Amelia Vespa, David Bennett, Ted Miller, Margie Bennett as Rose Marie, Maynard Meckes, Ralph Hazzard, Henry Lynch, Elaine Price, Susan McClintock, Helen Lynch, Lillian Miller, and Isobell Laird.
Wanting nearly six billion dollars to be appropriated, President Franklin D, Roosevelt drafted a new lend-lease bill that anticipated Britain’s need for supplies through 1943 and ‘44, and was to submit it to Congress shortly.
To speed up the armament procedure and aid democracy. FDR conferred with OPM Director-General William B. Knudsen, Lend-Lease Supervisor Harry Hopkins, Price-Control Administrator Leon Henderson and Floyd Odlum, head of the Defense Contract Distribution Service.
The second stage was to have funds used for construction of tanks, ships, anti-aircraft guns, bombers and airplane parts. It was to involve building or expansion of new tank factories and definitely include money for construction of new ways for ships.
Money was to be used along with the first appropriation of $7,000,000 first made available in order to expand production and increase American help for Britain. The government was going ahead with the idea of building a bridge of ships across the Atlantic Ocean, despite German submarine sinkings of Allied and American shipping.
Lugg and Edmonds had work clothes for sturdiness, for warmth. Big Ben overalls -”best fitting overalls ever made” for $1.39, black and white mechanics, (which today, we call long underwear) warm, practical, long-wearing, made of heavy ribbed cotton in full proportional sizes were also $1.39. Work gloves, with leather palm and fingers of split cowhide were 49 cents. Men’s flannel work shirts were 98 cents each. Getz’s Market Store had fresh-dressed chickens Armour Star beef, milk-fed veal, spring lamb and fresh pork. Scrapple was four pounds for a quarter, pig souse was 20 cents a pound, Getz’s lean-sliced bacon-mild flavor was 37 cents a pound. Fancy fresh fruits such as Persian melons, honey dews, oranges, lemons, pears, bananas, automatically cooled vegetable, green beans, cauliflower, spinach, lettuce, carrots endive and celery could be brought there. “Happy Monday,” was the word at C.T. Snyder Electric at 1510 Columbia Avenue. “When you wash the simple efficient General Electric way-save your clothes, save time, save labor. The new electric washer had activator washing action, perma-drive mechanism with only four movable parts, no oiling needed, stream-lined beauty, welded legs and a new one-control wringer.
Scoutmasters William C. Barr and Jack Hiller, with 63 of the Tyrone Boy Scouts went to the Watts farm near Bellwood and assisted with the picking of beans. The boys, according to the report in the Tyrone Daily Herald, enjoyed the day and cleared a tidy sum. Mr. Watts is using all available help he can get in this conservation program and is using pickers after school hours as well as through the day and on Saturdays. The Scouts helped to pick some 900 baskets.
Quick action by the national mediation board was expected as 35,000 miners in five states heeded a strike call by UMW president John L.. Lewis. Some 20,000 miners were estimated to be in western Pennsylvania by F. T. Fagan, president of District 5 of the UMWA, with the remainder in mines in Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama and Illinois.
Steel companies have been operating the mines under verbal agreement pending settlement of the union shop dispute.
The strike call was issued to enforce the CIO’s demand for a union shop proviso in all contracts. Indications were that all local steel corporations, except Republic had fairly large reserves of coal on hand. Republic’s spokesman had said they had about a two-week supply.
Prior to the Tyrone-Philipsburg Bald Eagle Conference showdown, the standings in the Bald Eagle Conference showed Philipsburg at the top with a 3-0 record, and Tyrone close behind at 2-0, followed by Clearfield (2-1), Osceola Mills (1-2), State College (0-2) and Morris Township (0-2). Neither Philipsburg, nor Tyrone had been scored upon in league games.
Before the biggest crowd of the season, at Gray Field, Tyrone High School scored a touchdown in the first quarter and displayed a stingy defense that made that lonely score stand up for a 7-0 victory to take over the lead in the Bald Eagle Conference, and in the Western Conference as well.
Following an exchange of punts in the opening quarter, the Eagles started from the Philipsburg-35. These were the days before Philipsburg Borough would merge with Osceola Mills to form the present Philipsburg-Osceola School District and both of those municipalities had their own school and football team.
From the Mounties-35, Elmer Parker picked up seven yards to began the drive. Ralph “Red” Thomas then ended it in a hurry by battering his way around right end and dashed for the 28-yard touchdown. Hayes Bickel added the perfect extra point kick and Tyrone led 7-0.
Although outweighed by the Philipsburg squad, the charges of Eagles coach Steve Jacobs offset that with their hard-charging defense.
The rest of the contest was back and forth.
Raymond Robinson galloped around right end for a 21-yard gain to the P-32, but the Mountie “D” stiffened and partially blocked Parker’s attempted quick kick.
Bobby Foust was singled out as being outstanding on defense for the Orange and Black, repeatedly slamming Philipsburg runners for losses. Mention was made of no less than three times where he was able to get down the field and pin the Mountie punt returner inside the 10 and 15-yard lines.
Philipsburg got as close as the T-30 in the fourth quarter, moving down the field on two first-down runs in a row, but the Tyrone defense stalled the Mounties there.
The Eagles had seven first downs to four for Philipsburg, and 158 yards rushing to just 60 for the Mounties.