Convair SD Archers Competition, 1957

From the January 1957 edition of Convairiety, a bi-monthly publication centered around employee and company activities.

San Diego was home to two Convair facilities, Kearny Mesa (Astronautical Div) and San Diego (Downtown). Convair is a defense contractor responsible for building many of the US military’s most recognizable aircraft and missiles. At one time, they were most likely the largest employer in San Diego. A division of General Dynamics the Kearny Mesa facility is long gone and covered with condominiums (East of 163 near the Rally’s).

Harry Ross, pictured, was a former SDFA and SDA’s president. Harry operated an archery shop in the basement of his home in National City.

San Diego Field Archers Hold Novelty Shoot

San Diego Field Archers Hold Novelty Shoot

5634 Montezuma Rd., San Diego, Calif.

The San Diego Field Archers held a special meeting, Friday, March 13, at the Hotel Marston in San Diego, where pertinent business was discussed and final details worked out for the Novelty Rabbit Shoot, March 15.

After the business session, Robert Lewis, a professional photographer and member of the club, screened movies he had taken of the San Diego Field Archers’ recent Semi-Annual Trophy Shoot, and other archery films.

The actual Novelty Rabbit Shoot took place Sunday, March 15, at the club range in Gold Gulch, Balboa Park, San Diego. The weather was perfect and encouraged archers from all over San Diego County to be there.

Mary Powell, club secretary, was swamped with registrations, and at 9:30 a.m., when the first one archers started at target number one, a total of fifty-five archers had signed up, and Mary still was trying to get the late arrivals recorded.

Nat Mathew, field captain, spent many hours of hard work and lots of ingenuity to come up with something different in the way of rabbit targets and arranging the shoot.

The morning round was a Standard Field Round of twenty-eight regulation targets; the afternoon shooting was a twenty-eight target broadhead round and these targets were painted rabbit figures of every conceivable description, each a replica of the March Hare in everything but size. Mathew had rabbits popping out of logs, standing with legs crossed, and in all running and sitting positions imaginable. There were no right angles, however, and most of the archers who had hoped to pick up points on the animal round, resembled the Mad Hatter, watching for that third arrow, before the last twenty-eight was over.

Winners in the men’s division were: Rube Powell, who won the champ class; Corky Johnson bested the expert class; Frank Gorzny led “A” class, and Ken Brown topped “B” class; “C” class was won by Len Siegen; “D” class winner was Gordon Doll; and “E” class was won by Harry Gallen.

Among the women, Beda Mathew was first in champ class, and Betty Atkinson won “C” class.

Donald C. Clark, Jr., walked off with junior champ class, and Charles Phillips led the other junior division.

Cathy Powell won the girls’ division of the Little Beaver class, and Robert Toppe was first in the Little Beaver boys’ division.

All winners of the first prize were awarded a dressed rabbit, ready for the oven, while consolation prizes of chocolate rabbits went to the low scorer in each class.

All Little Beavers who participated shared a boxful of candy rabbits.

ARCHERY April, 1953

“Rube” Powell Still King

“Rube” Powell Still King; Cops Nat’l Archery Title

Reuben “Rube” Powell demonstrated to the nation’s top archers he still was the 1953 National Field Archery Freestyle tournament at Colorado Springs.

“Rube” posted an aggregate of 2748 points to beat the toughest rival and the 1952 NFA champ, Joe Fries of Los Angeles, by one point after four days of rugged bow-and-arrow contest.

A bad seventh round topped Powell in the tournament.

For Powell, the win was his fourth straight national championship victory. The Chula Vista instructor has carried off the title 10 times from 1946 through this year.

Powell grabbed the lead in the tough double American round shot Monday, with an 897. Fries was next at 896 and Ray Ragsdale came in third.

In 1950, Earl Rasmussen of Utah set, was third with 846, and Bud Fowler, Missouri, fourth, 835.

“Rube” set a recognized world all-time mark in the field round in 1952 with a perfect 560.

The Chula Vista archer kept busy with high scores of 523, 532, and 542 on the field, hunter, and animal targets, respectively.

Notes by Jim Baker:
Star-News National City and Chula Vista, 9 July 1956