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Chapter XXVI
Archery in the United States
Part 3 of 4

During recent years the pastime had died out west of the Mississippi, but representatives of all sections of the East had attended the Dayton Meetings. 1890 bade fair to increase the general interest in archery, and it was decided to hold a joint meeting of the National and Ohio State Association at Norwood, near Cincinnati, Ohio, August 19 to 22. During the days immediately preceding, and at intervals during the meeting, a heavy rain fell, so that only enthusiasts attended. Fifteen ladies and twenty-three gentlemen shot; Mr. Maxson won the Championship with 6 of the 10 points, Mr. Knoblaugh having won 4 with hits at 100 yards, hits at 60 yards, and gross hits:--

Name 100 yards 80 yards 60 yards Total
Hits Score Hits Score Hits Score Hits Score
L. W. Maxson 62 252 59 231 45 235 166 718
B. B. Knoblaugh 73 251 50 196 46 230 169 677
J. T Shawan 43 177 49 209 42 198 134 584
T. F. Scott 50 202 38 146 35 163 123 511

Mrs. M. C. Howell won the Championship with 7 points, Mrs. A Kern having 1 point for score at 50 yards.

Name 60 yards 50 yards Total
Hits Score Hits Score Hits Score
Mrs. M. C. Howell 79 353 46 226 125 579
Mrs. A. Kern 74 294 42 238 116 532

The thirteenth meeting of the National Association was held at Natural Bridge, Virginia, August 28 to 30, 1891. The meeting was to have begun August 27, hut a heavy mountain storm caused its postponement. Nothing could have been prettier, in an artistic sense, than the range where the contests were shot. Nothing could have been worse from the archer's standpoint, the best spot available being on the side of Mount Jefferson, with a fall of from 5 to 8 yards in the 100. The Champion's medal was won by Mr. Maxson with the entire 10 points:--

Name 100 yards 80 yards 60 yards Total
Hits Score Hits Score Hits Score Hits Score
L. W. Maxson 53 197 66 304 44 218 163 719
T. F. Scott 51 165 54 230 36 188 141 583

Mrs. M. C. Howell again won the National Championship with the entire 8 points:--

60 yards 50 yards Total
Hits Score Hits Score Hits Score
59 221 45 243 104 464

Twelve ladies and sixteen gentlemen shot.

The fourteenth National Meeting occurred at Fortress Monroe, Virginia, August 24 to 26, 1892, five ladies and eighteen gentlemen competing. The Championship was won by Mr. Maxson with 8 1/2 points, Mr. Howell having won 1/2 point each for hits and score at 60 yards, and Mr. Anderson having won 1/2 point for score at the same distance:--

Name 100 yards 80 yards 60 yards Total
Hits Score Hits Score Hits Score Hits Score
L. W. Maxson 58 216 72 310 42 196 172 722
J W. Anderson 51 199 56 212 40 210 147 621
M. C. Howell 42 164 48 190 42 210 132 564
T. F. Scott 46 156 52 176 36 190 134 522
J. Benckenstein 40 158 33 139 40 206 113 503

Mrs. Howell won the National Championship with the entire 8 points:--

Name 60 yards 50 yards Total
Hits Score Hits Score Hits Score
Mrs. M. C. Howell 79 353 48 272 127 625
Miss M. L. Williams 64 240 35 149 99 389

An International Meeting was contemplated for 1893, in connection with the Columbian Exposition at Chicago, but, owing to the inability of the local archers to give the matter the necessary attention, it was deemed advisable to hold the National Meeting at some place where there would be fewer counter-attractions. Dayton, Ohio, was selected by the executive committee. There, from August 30 to September 1, gathered one of the finest fields of archers that ever shot in America. Nearly all the veteran bowmen who remained true to the pastime contested, and a degree of enthusiasm was developed that promises well for archery in the coming seasons.

The Championship Medal was won by Mr. Maxson for the fifth time in succession with 9 1/2 points, Mr. Howell having divided the point for hits at 60 yards:--

Name 100 yards 80 yards 60 yards Total
Hits Score Hits Score Hits Score Hits Score
L. W. Maxson 59 241 60 220 45 253 164 714
W. A. Clark 45 149 48 200 41 235 134 584
M. C Howell 45 181 51 193 45 197 141 571
W. H. Thompson 37 155 56 214 40 178 133 547
F. Knoblaugh 49 175 51 199 32 164 132 538
W. R. Robinson 53 161 51 187 36 160 140 508

Twenty-four gentlemen and eight ladies shot at this meeting. Mrs. Howell again won the Championship with the entire 8 points:--

Name 60 yards 50 yards Total
Hits Score Hits Score Hits Score
Mrs. M. C. Howell 84 380 45 247 129 627
Miss Georgie Clark 74 304 40 190 114 494

The Championship records at other rounds shot at the National Meetings are appended :

DOUBLE AMERICAN ROUND

Date Name 60 yards 50 yards 40 yards Total
Hits Score Hits Score Hits Score Hits Score
1883 R. Williams, jun 56 290 60 392 60 404 176 1086
1884 " " 57 301 60 356 59 367 176 1024
1885 " " 57 295 60 356 60 404 177 1055
1886 W. A. Clark 59 313 60 388 60 396 179 1097
1887 " " 54 266 60 342 60 384 174 992
1888 L. W. Maxson 59 277 56 280 60 404 175 961
1889 J. T. Shawan 52 256 59 315 60 380 171 951
1890 L. W. Maxson 51 255 59 341 60 400 170 996
1891 " " 54 244 60 362 60 402 174 1008
1892 " " 57 287 60 354 60 40 177 1041
1893 " " 60 322 57 323 58 336 175 983

POTOMAC ROUND

Date Name 80 yards 70 yards 60 yards Total
Hits Score Hits Score Hits Score Hits Score
1887 [1] G. C. Darlington 15 69 26 108 34 184 75 361
1888 W. A. Clark 13 51 12 32 23 119 48 202
1889 M. C. Howell 10 30 14 68 24 120 48 218
190 L. W. Maxson 16 63 20 86 23 125 59 279
1891 " " 13 51 23 127 22 114 58 292
1892 [2] " " 14 62 18 62 22 106 54 230
1893 " " 15 57 19 91 21 111 55 259

[1] The Double Round was shot in 1887.
[2] Tied by Mr. Howell. The tie was shot off with six arrows at each distance; Mr. Maxson winning by 13 points.

DOUBLE COLUMBIA ROUND

Date Name 50 yards 40 yards 30 yards Total
Hits Score Hits Score Hits Score Hits Score
1879 Mrs. S. Brown 28 132 36 152 46 264 110 548
1880 Mrs. T. Davis 30 112 37 203 47 283 114 598
1883 Mrs. M. C. Howell 46 272 48 316 48 352 142 940
1885 " " 46 232 48 276 48 334 142 842
1886 " " 47 283 48 284 48 326 143 893
1887 Mrs. A. M. Phillips 46 286 48 318 48 376 142 980
1888 " " 45 255 48 300 48 346 141 901
1889 " " 47 267 48 320 48 358 143 945
1890 Mrs. M. C. Howell 48 292 48 320 48 354 144 966
1891 " " 42 224 47 259 48 330 137 813
1892 " " 44 306 48 282 48 330 140 818
1893 " " 45 233 48 302 48 344 141 879
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