To Officers of Archery Hall of Fame,
This is to voice my sentiment
concerning your recent election of Bob Lee to the
Archery Hall of Fame.
I do not personally know Bob but
his impact to the sport is well known to me and I would
venture to say Ben Pearson Sr. would express the same
Bob Lee will be an outstanding
addition to the Hall!
I congratulate the Hall for his
April 12, 2013
Dear Archery Hall of Fame,
A few month ago I requested any information or photographs that you
might have for Ernie Root for my blog:
Then shortly after I contacted you Lawrence Root stepped
posted in several chat-rooms, he has filled the vacuum of information
about Ernie Root. He also added his own post to my blog-- A Son's
Memory of His Father- Ernie Root By Lawrence Root.
I have looked through the list of inductees and I think that there is
room for Ernie Root. His contributions to archery was considerable
and I feel his impact on the sport was immeasurable. Do you
formal procedure or official check list of things required for his
April 8th, 2012
I'm looking for archival
information and photos on the
Winton Bowmen Archery Club that was active in
Cincinnati, Ohio in the 1950's. Can you put me in
contact with someone still living who knew Charlie
I belong to a traditional
archery club, and would like to do an article in our
club newsletter on when all archery was "traditional".
I grew up in Greenhills (suburb of Cincinnati), so I'm
dimly aware of an archery club being active before I was
Carolina Traditional Archers
To: Board of Directors
June 13, 2011
The Archery Hall of Fame
Thanks to Diane Miller, I just received my Spring/Summer
issue of the Archery Icon.
The purpose of this memo is to express my pleasure with the
progress for The Archery Hall of
Fame & Museum at Springfield, Missouri.
A copy is being mailed to each Board member.
My name is Howard N. Wilson and the only surviving member of
the Wilson Boys that included Norman, Jack and Bob. I was
born and raised in Springfield
87 years ago this very date - now retired and reside in Sarasota. Florida.
Archery was a passion as well as a business for we four boys
and combined we won a number of State, Regional and National
championships. I personally was a multiple winner of the
Springfield, Missouri Ozark Archery
Club as a Junior and then later as the Men's Champion. I
also won a number of
State titles including target and field championships as a
Junior and in the Men's division. Combined with Norman, Jack
and Bob and representing the Ozark Archery Club, we won the
National Archery Association Team Championship three years
and Jack and I placed first and second in the Men's
Division. I may
be the only person to have won a National Archery
Association Dallin Medal as a Junior and Men's participant.
They are proudly displayed on the wall in my den. Our entire
family was involved in archery including our wives - Bob's
wife, Chris Wilson was a Women's State Champion - and my
sister, June, was a Junior Girl's Champion. The Ozark
Archery Club had a sizable membership with a fine archery
and hosted a number of tournaments during the 40's and 50'S.
Spending so much time in competition, I think it was
inevitable that we evolved into a full time
manufacturing business with a line of Black Widow Bows. That
business continues today under new ownership in
Missouri who have taken it to
greater successes with
continued improvements in technology.
We've also been honored by the Missouri State Archery
Association with the creation ol a Perpetual Wilson Boys
Championship Trophy that is being awarded each year to the
winners of the Men's, Women's and Junior Championship
divisions. I ,
along with Chris Wilson, Bob
Wilson's widow, was
invited to present the first trophies at the 2005 Missouri
State Championship held in Columbia, Missouri.
Jim Noble, a Missouri State Archery Association officer has
been kind enough send me names and photos of successive
In addition, The University of Missouri Museum of
Anthropology requested that we contribute
some memorabilia in the
form of archery equipment and trophies we had won for their
collection and display. They do have an impressive
and interesting collection of archery artifacts from around
the world that emanated from the Grayson Collection for a
beginning. Anyone with an
interest in archery
would be richly rewarded with a visit to their facility. In
addition to the display area, they have a warehouse
of items that one can get permission to view. I worked with
Mary French, Associate Curator for the donations we made at
Some of the above I related in more detail in an article I
wrote for the US Archery News as requested by their Editor,
Arlyne Rhode. Other references and records
may be found in
publications such as History of the National Archery
Association, Volumes One and Two, and Archery Champions
written by Robert Rhode.
I was fortunate to enjoy relationships with manufacturing
notables such as Earl Hoyt, Fred Bear,
Ben Pearson, Doug
Easton and others - - plus competition with a number of
champion archers including Pat Chambers, Howard Hill, Larry
Hughes, Russ Reynolds and many others.
I treasured those relationships. When in High School, I was given the
opportunity to perform with Russ Hoogerhyde during
his demonstration of archery lour ol the country at High
Schools and Colleges. My performance was brief but
I present the above summary to reflect why I am so proud of
the Archery Hall of hame &
Museum progress at
Springfield, Missouri - - my home town!
Archery was a central part of my life and
contributed a lot toward my learning about life in earlier
years. Although in splendid health, at 87 years of age I no
longer compete but have had the opportunity to introduce the
sport to my grandchildren. I've lived a truly blessed life.
Congratulations to all for your accomplishments that I know
has taken much time and effort to
look forward to visiting your creation my next visit to Springfield.
Howard N. Wilson
8903 Misty Creek Drive