Each Monday the Centre Daily Times will publish an installment in our “Share our Heritage” series, featuring photos from Centre County’s past. Today’s photos are from Ralph Gray, of Millheim.
Gray is asking for our readers’ help in locating materials for his upcoming book about the Bellefonte-State College football rivalry.
He wrote: “Writing a book about football is dependent on a number of things — mainly the information available, but the most interesting aspect is looking through old scrapbooks, glossy photos, football game programs and memorabilia that people have saved over the years and incorporating that material in the book.
“I am presently writing a book about the Bellefonte-State College football rivalry that goes back to 1890 and is followed by a series when the two teams began playing each other on a regular basis in 1919, followed by the Iron Kettle series that began in 1941 and ended in 1972. After a break, they played a 10-game series that began in 1976. Another break was followed by a nine-game series that ended in 1999. All the games will be included in the book.
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“I’m imploring people to look through their ‘old stuff’ for things that would enhance the book. I have a portable scanner that does no damage to old documents and can scan other materials with my computer. Of course, the material can be scanned by the owner and sent to my email address: RNK12161@verizon.net. I can be reached at 349-5740 and am willing to go to a person’s home, pick up the material and return it intact. My home address is P.O. Box 408, Millheim, PA 16854.
“High school yearbooks have been very helpful, but unfortunately I have not been able to find Bellefonte yearbooks from 1931-1940, 1942-1946, 1977 and 2000.
“Many people have contributed material for the book already; but there is ‘stuff’ out there that is in storage somewhere and should be part of this effort.”
Gray also shared two photos from the 1937 undefeated Bellefonte High School football team, which accompany this article.
He has written four high school football books about Northern Cambria, including “The Armistice Day Classic,” which was about the Barnesboro-Spangler football rivalry that lasted for 29 years
Readers can contribute to the “Share our Heritage” series by sharing their own photos.
Just drop off or mail copies of the photos to Centre Daily Times, 3400 E. College Ave., State College, PA 16801 or email them to Audience Engagement Editor Laurie Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org. Provide as much information as you can. All photos in the weekly series are placed in a “Share our Heritage” gallery at CentreDaily.com. If you have any questions about this series, Jones can be reached at 231-6461.