Early Grand American Programs

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  1. Trap3

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    Some early Grand American Programs from the 20`s and 30`s...

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    Now that's a pretty sight for those who love trapshooting history.

    Thanks Trap3
     
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    Does anyone know who conceived the idea of staging a "Grand American Handicap" tournament?

    A clue: The person's initials were H. A. P. and in my opinion, they should be inducted into the Trapshooting Hall of Fame.

    HB
     
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    A Shooter maybe, I`m guessing... Henry Pendergast?

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    Good guess but Henry was only 9 years old when the idea of a GAH was conceived .

    Henry James Pendergast, of Phoenix, NY was born October 23, 1883.

    The first Grand American Handicap at Live Birds was scheduled to start on January 10th, 1883, but was postponed and rescheduled for the second week in march due to the death of H. A. P.'s wife.

    The GAH at live birds was again postponed and finally took place at Dexter Park, Long Island, New York, April 5-7, 1893. The event was at 25 birds, 24-32 yards handicaps, 21 yard boundary, and a $50 entrance fee.

    A clue: H. A. P. was President of a target manufacturing company, was considered a top shooter and who also was a tournament manager.
     
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    Hello HB... thanks for the additional clue. Halleck A. Penrose of the Keystone Target Company. As always, great research!

    Thanks buddy,
    Trap3
     
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    BINGO ! Good job Trap3

    Hallack Adams Penrose was born August 22, 1857 in Michigan.

    He became a notable trap shot. He lost a $1500 live bird match to Doc Carver in March 1885, by a score of 76 to 75 live birds.

    He shot matches with Gwynne Price and Captain Andy Meaders.

    He got into the manufacture of targets, became President of the Keystone Target Company that later became the Standard Keystone Target Co., was a representative of the Corry (Pa.) Arms and Ammunition Co., organized and was the first President of the Pennsylvania State Sportsmen's Association (1890), organized and was President of the Interstate Manufacturers' and Dealer's Association, (1991), Vice President of the Connecticut State Trapshooter's League (1892), incorporator of the Excelsior Target Co. (1895), incorporator of the A. G. Alford Sporting Goods Co., (1895), President of the Coast Pigeon Co. (of Baltimore, MD) in 1896, President of the Baltimore (Md.) Shooting Association, incorporated the Maryland Sportsmen's Exposition (1900), incorporator and President of the American Manufacturing Co., (1901), an inventor and patent buyer of targets and traps.

    Mr. Penrose was a well-known capitalist.

    I've never found out when and where he died (before 1926). Has anyone ever found his Obituary or report of his death?

    HB

     
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    Amazing.
     
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    Who says Trap is not a spectator's sport? Check out the 38th Grand American program that Trap 3 posted above.
     
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    Everything at Vandalia was for the spectators. Thousands walked up and down the midway. Tractors and the wagons often had problems getting thru.

    All that changed when Bradford, Winston, and pals got into power. jmho
    It looks like Bradford got to vote himself into the HOF. Great accomplishments.
     
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    You are correct about the wagons. I can remember the drivers "riding the clutch" waiting on people who were trying to get out of their way. The big loading and unloading stop was at the "beer tent".
     
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    Yes the beer tent. A place and time when you might brag as I did about shooting a 90 or better.

    It was also comical to hear and see the spectators waving to the shooters that were on the wagons heading to their traps. And there was mastering the art of hopping onto a moving wagon with gun and bag.
     
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    Really cool collection Trap3. Back in the day when they had a "Grand Marshall". Must have been a really neat experience back in those days. I often look through the 100th Anniversary book of the Grand.
     
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    At the 100th Grand, I had the honor of meeting and talking at length with Rudy Etchen. He signed my anniversary book. Will never forget that moment.
     
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