San Diego Archery Historical Timeline

San Diego Archers

The history of archery in San Diego is a tale of passion, community, and sporting excellence that has spanned a century. Our goal here is to create a complete timeline of historical information relating to San Diego Archery since the 1900’s. This San Diego Archery historical timeline includes a collection of historical notes and images provided by club members and historians.

 

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1914
Joseph JessopFebruary 22, 1914

Jessop Expert in Most Ancient Sport Regulation Archery Range Maintained

JESSOP EXPERT IN MOST ANCIENT SPORT REGULATION ARCHERY RANGE MAINTAINED

Regarded as One of Greatest Authorities in America on Robin Hood. BY REED ROBINSON

Joseph Jessop, president and founder of the widely known San Diego firm of Jessop & Son, manufacturers, Jewelers, 955 Fifth Street, has retired from active participation in the busi...

1917
January 1, 1917

Joseph Jessop forming of Thunderbird archery clubs

Joseph Jessop, noted archery expert, whose exhibit of bows and arrows in the museum is one of the finest in America, has offered to assist in the forming of Thunderbird archery clubs, and these will hold Robin Hood contests at the desert. A shop will be installed where the boys can make their bows and arrows besides other crafts products. There ...

March 5, 1917

Organization of the Thunderbird council of boys and girls

Chief Seton of New York, whose Indian name is Black Wolf, and the museum management have appointed City Playground Supt. Frank S. Marsh as the Medicine Man to complete the organization of the Thunderbird council of boys and girls and to stage manage the big doings in the desert next Saturday. He will be assisted by a number of chiefs of the Boys...

March 11, 1917

Council of the Thunderbird

The young Indians’ "Council of the Thunderbird," which is the name given by Ernest Thompson Seton to the local club of the Woodcraft League of America, will be continued and perpetuated, with the San Diego’s museum’s Painted Desert in Balboa Park as headquarters. A field day of club contests with other organizations of boys and girls, game...

1919
January 1, 1919

Thunderbird Council will stage contests at Painted Desert

March 13, San Diego Sun, 2:4-5. Thunderbird Council will stage contests at Painted Desert each Saturday.

Citation: https://sandiegohistory.org/archives/amero/balboapark/bp1919

 

1924
1924.archery-is-here – San Diego ArchersJanuary 1, 1924

Archery Is Here

Archery Is Here. Advertising for Cycle & Arms Co., 417 E St. Newspaper advertisement.

1924.s.d-archery-club – San Diego ArchersJanuary 1, 1924

S.D. Archery Club Will Hold First Big Shoot

S.D. Archery Club Will Hold First Big Shoot Sunday. Newspaper article.

S.D. Archery Club Will Hold First Big Shoot Sunday

Members of the San Diego, Archery club, organized Thursday night at a meeting called by Vic Buel at the Cycle & Arms Sport Goods Store, will hold their first shoot Sunday morning at 9 o'clock, according to plans a...

1928
July 16, 1928

Archers hold shoot at 6th and Laurel Streets

July 16, San Diego Union, 5:4. Archers hold shoot at 6th and Laurel Streets.

Citation: A Guide to Balboa Park, San Diego, California, American Guide Series, 1941, page 50.

September 11, 1928

The Robin Hood Archery Club will present a contest of skill and daring

"September 1, San Diego Union, Classified, 13:2-3. Many features will make last program of County Fair.

With all attendance records shattered, the county fair and horse show will close this evening at 11, with the largest array of live stock, the finest horse show yet seen, the largest amount of industrial exhibits and a better showing of cou...

1938
January 1, 1938

San Diego Field Archers Trophy Shoot

San Diego Field Archers Trophy Shoot. group photo.

Winners of San Diego Field Archer's Trophy Shoot: Left to right (front row): Earnestine Slocum, Carol Eichholtz, Mary Powell and Edna Mathew; (back row): John Runcel, Don Hadden, Leonard MacFadden, Fred Radtke, Martin Mathew and Frank Eichholtz. Animal targets were for broadhead round.

1939
January 1, 1939

Gold Gulch Days of '49 picture

Gold Gulch Days of '49 picture

1941
aguidetobalboapark – San Diego ArchersJanuary 1, 1941

A Guide to Balboa Park. PDF

A Guide to Balboa Park, San Diego, California, American Guide Series.

PDF aguidetobalboapark - San Diego Archers

January 1, 1941

San Diego Archery Club, range at Sixth Ave. and Laurel St, 1941

"Archery: San Diego Archery Club, range at Sixth Ave. and Laurel St., Sun. 9 a.m.-1 p.m"

Citation: A Guide to Balboa Park, San Diego, California, American Guide Series, 1941

San Diego Archer Club, 1941January 1, 1941

San Diego Archery Club History, Excerpt, 1941

SAN DIEGO ARCHERY CLUB Range situated on green E. of 6th Ave., bet. Kalmia and Laurel Sts.; auspices San Diego Archery Club; tournaments Sun., 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; life membership fee $5; target fees: members 10c, non-members 25c. Participants must furnish own equipment. Visitors welcome. The San Diego Archery Club, affiliated with the National and t...

1947
Original San Diego Archers SketchJanuary 1, 1947

San Diego Field Archers Original Logo Sketch

Original sketch drawn before 1948 (origin date unknown).

Additional reference: Logo continued in use by the San Diego Archers through to 1987 and later, as shown in the Iron-Man Archery Marathon Flyer below:

1948
Roy Dill Ribbon from 1948June 1, 1948

Roy Dill Award

Ribbon awarded to Roy Dill at a monthly club contest.

1950
San Diego Field Archers at the Gold GulchJanuary 1, 1950

San Diego Field Archers at the Gold Gulch

A group of San Diego Field Archers poses in the Gold Gulch range of Balboa Park after a club trophy shoot.

This one picture shows the unbelievable amount of talent the Balboa Park Archery Ranges fostered. Probably around 1949/50.

1) Roy Dill - Hall of Fame recipient From 1947 through 1951 Roy was a formidable competitor throughout the sta...

Frank Eicholtz with Roy DillJanuary 1, 1950

Photo of Roy Dill and Frank Eicholtz, circa 1950

Photo of Roy Dill and Frank Eicholtz, circa 1950.

 

May 14, 1950

Ever gone shooting down in Gold Gulch?

Ever gone shooting down in Gold Gulch?

The reference is not to some mythical mining town of the last century. Gold Gulch is located in the heart of San Diego, and field archery shooting is common there.

Gold Gulch is a winding canyon, lined with eucalyptus, live oak and sycamores, extending from southwest of the Girl Scout headquarters in ...

1953
San Diego Field Archers Hold Novelty ShootApril 1, 1953

San Diego Field Archers Hold Novelty Shoot

San Diego Field Archers Hold Novelty Shoot

By HELAINE GALLEN 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 sessio...

1955
Corky Johnson photo, circa 1955January 1, 1955

Corky Johnson Photo

Corky on the lawns of Balboa Park near 6th and Kalmia St. This was the location of the Target Archers range from 1924 until, I believe, the late 50's. They were referred to as, "The San Diego Archery Club".

History by Jim Baker

1956
1956 SDA Letters Related to Target Range RelocationsFebruary 21, 1956

Relocation of the San Diego Archery Association Target Ranges Letters, 1956

Letter from SDA to City Council of San Diego, in reference to discuss public archery facilities in the vicinity of Gold Gulch. Signed by SDA President C. B. King, Jr., San Diego Archery Association.

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SAN DIEGO ARCHERY ASSOCIATION 6260 Bolivar Street San Diego, California February 21, 1956

City Council of San Diego 1600 Pacific Hi...

Rube Powell Still KingJuly 9, 1956

"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 fou...

1957
Convair SD Archers Competition PhotoJanuary 13, 1957

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 missil...

Dispossessed Archery Club Finds New Site, 1957July 10, 1957

Closing of Gold Gulch Archery Range as well as the target range at Sixth and Laurel St., 1957

'Dispossessed' Archery Club Finds New Site, 1957 Temporarily stymied by en- forcement of an old city ordi- nance which forbids “dischai-ging arrows within the city limits,” Convair SD’s Archery Club has obtained a new location — from which it’s certain not to be evict- ed — and will hold...

Roy Dill Former Champ Bowman Returns to National CompetitionAugust 21, 1957

Roy Dill History, Convairiety, 1957

Roy Dill, Former Champ Bowman, Returns to National Competition

Roy Dill, Convair San Diego bow-and-arrow artist who was national champion archer in 1948, was in Watkins Glen, N. Y., last week in an effort to regain the U. S. title after more than three years absence from competition. Dill won the national championship in 1948, only two years...

1959
April Fool Archery Shoot Leaders Win Hams, CandyApril 12, 1959

April Fool Archery Shoot Leaders Win Hams, Candy

April Fool Archery Shoot Leaders Win Hams, Candy

CHULA VISTA - Winners of the April Fool Archery Shoot held Sunday on the Rohr Arrowhead Club range in Bonita were announced this week by Mary Powell, in charge of publicity for the sponsoring Southern Border Archery Association.

Mike English, Danny Osborn and Eric Hansen won boxes of candy f...

1960
Jerry Amster, shot a 770 out of 900January 1, 1960

Jerry Amster, shot a 770 out of 900 using a recurve in 1960

In the past, the 900 round was known as the American Round and a staple in the target archers world.

In 1960, former San Diego Archery Club member, Jerry Amster, shot a 770 using a recurve bow made by Gordon Plastics and aluminum arrows.

The top score, posted in our most recent 900 Round (American Round) was 859 using a modern compound bow...

San Diego Field Archers MedalJanuary 1, 1960

San Diego Field Archers Medal

San Diego Field Archers Medal, 1960.

Another example of the San Diego Field Archers Medal from 1060:

1965
San Diego Archers Named, 1965September 22, 1965

San Diego Archers, Club Name Origin, 1965

The San Diego Archery Club and the San Diogo Field Archers have merged to become known as San Diego Archers. The officers which will serve our club for 1965-66 (Sept. 1, 1965 to August 31, 1966) are as follows...

1967
September 1, 1967

Southern Border Archery Association Constitution and By-Laws

Southern Border Archery Association Constitution and By-Laws as Amended September 1967, PDF 5 Pages. Link to PDF.

Southern Border Archery Association Constitution and By-Laws (Amended September 1967)

Article I - Name This organization shall be known as Southern Border Archery Association, otherwise designated as SBAA. This shall be a ...

1974
March 1, 1974

King Arthur's Day Tournament Flyer

King Arthur's Day Tournament Flyer, Mail to: Carl Geddes, with a reference to Southwestern React.

 

1975
SDA 1975 Tournament ScheduleJanuary 1, 1975

SDA Shoot Calendar

SDA 1975 Tournament Schedule.

December 1, 1975

Capital Improvements Program Revisions – Morley Field Area

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Balboa Park Committee Capital Improvements Program Revisions – Morley Field Area

Mrs. Widman and Mr. Roberts reported on a staff proposal to designate the temporary archery range as the permanent location and construct a combination archery storage facility/comfort station near the range. These improvements would b...

1976
February 20, 1976

Thursday Club donates 36 flowering trees to archery field

San Diego Union, E-1. Thursday Club donates 36 flowering trees to park; planted around archery field and casting pond in Morley Field area.

Citation: https://sandiegohistory.org/archives/amero/balboapark/bp1976/

Chula Vista Archery club MedalJune 20, 1976

Chula Vista Archery Club Medal, 1976

Tournament medal from the Chula Vista Archery Club in 1976.

Back of medal.

October 12, 1976

SDA Club officers list 1976

The image contains the following text:

San Diego Archers ESTABLISHED 1938 To expand and perpetuate the practice of archery and the spirit of good fellowship among all archers

Francis Horton Secretary Southern Foredom Archery Association 6970 Caminito Entrada San Diego, CA 92119

RE: New Officers

The San Diego Archers have elected...

1977
1977 Rube Powell letterSeptember 26, 1977

Letter from Rube Powell Regarding Balboa Park Field Range Targets, 1977

Rube Powell ARCHERY 136 BROADWAY CHULA VISTA CALIFORNIA 92010

September 26, 1977

PHONES: BUS: 422-3118 RES: 420-0759

Mr. Jack Krasnovich Recreation Superintendent Conference Building Balboa Park San Diego California 92101

Re: Condition of target butts on Balboa Park field range

Dear Mr. Krasnovich,

The San Diego Archers wh...

1984
1984 SDA Change of OfficersSeptember 25, 1984

San Diego Archers New Board of Officers

The image shows a letter dated September 25, 1984, from the San Diego Archers Club (established 1938) to the National Field Archery Association. The letter lists the new board of officers of the San Diego Archers Club in San Diego, CA as of their September 11, 1984 meeting:

President: Dave Conard, 9405 Via Zapador, Santee, CA 92071, (619) 449...

1985
I Shot The Ironman, 1985, PinsJanuary 1, 1985

I Shot The Iron-Man, 1985

I SHOT THE IRON-MAN Archery Marathon San Diego, California 1985

San Diego Archers Pin, 1985 Southern Border Archery Association Pin, 1985

San Diego Archers PinJanuary 1, 1985

San Diego Archers Medal Closeup

San Diego Archers Pin, 1985

King Arhur's Day on St Patrich's DayMarch 17, 1985

SDA King Arthur's Day on St Patrich's Day

SDA King Arthur's Day on St Patrich's Day Flyer.

Special Use Permit, 1985July 1, 1985

San Diego Archers Special Use Permit

The image contains the following text:

SPECIAL USE PERMIT

THIS PERMIT is granted this first day of July, 1985, by THE CITY OF SAN DIEGO, hereinafter called "CITY," and is accepted by the SAN DIEGO ARCHERS CLUB, hereinafter called "PERMITTEE."

WHEREAS, CITY desires to provide facilities to its citizens, guests, noncommercial local societ...

1987
20220210_205706 – Jimsworld San DiegoJanuary 1, 1987

Rube Powell Archery Range Name Change Request

Southern Border Archery Association, Robert Coates, requests to change the name of the field range in Balboa Park to the Rube Powell Archery Range. The date requires updating.

National City Turtle Archers MedalJanuary 1, 1987

National City Turtle Archers Medal

National City Turtle Archers Medal, 1987.

Southern Border Archery Association, 1987January 1, 1987

Southern Border Archery Association (SBAA), 1987

Lettter to members from the Southern Border Archery Association (SBAA), 1987.

March 1, 1987

National City Turtle Archers first National Field Archery Association Charter

National City Turtle Archers first National Field Archery Association Charter

King Arthurs Day flyerMarch 1, 1987

King Arthur's Day Flyer, 1987

King Arthur's Day Flyer, 1987

1988
January 1, 1988

Shoot Calendar 1988

Shoot Calendar 1988.

1990
National City Turtle Archers pins and patchJanuary 1, 1990

National City Turtle Archers Pins and Patch, 1990

National City Turtle Archers Pins and Patch, 1990.

National City Turtle Archers SketchJanuary 1, 1990

National City Turtle Archers Original Sketch

National City Turtle Archers Original sketch, 1990.

January 1, 1990

San Diego Archers Tournament Scorecard

San Diego Archers Tournament Scorecard.

February 27, 1990

National City Turtle Archers plaque

National City Turtle Archers plaque.

1992
November 1, 1992

Balboa Park Roving Range Renaming to...

San Diego Archers President Mike Frey reorganization letter to Club members, and renaming of the Balboa Park Roving Range.

The image contains the following text:

San Diego Archers Pres. Mike Frye

S.D.A. is at the beginning of a reorganization. We are looking for new members, especially those that are eased in helping with some of the of...

1994
December 17, 1994

San Diego Archers Logo Origin, by Gordon Vail, 1994

San Diego Archers 8879 Beteleusse Way, San Diego, CA 92126 619-687-3373

Membership Renewal Notice

December 17, 1994

Dear Gordon Vail,

Your membership in San Diego Archers will expire on January 31, 1994. Helping with club work parties and helping to put on club shoots you have earned a total of 10 points. Five (5) of these points ma...

2011
dave zaleckis letter to city of sandiego regarding bridgeApril 13, 2011

Letter to Mayor Sanders regarding opposition to the proposed bypass bridge at the east end of the Cabrillo Bridge.

April 13, 2011

Dear Mayor Sanders, I am writing today on behalf of the San Diego Archers to state our opposition to the proposed bypass bridge at the east end of the Cabrillo Bridge. The San Diego Archers have been an active organization in Balboa since our inception in 1938. We are the third oldest archery club in the United States of Ameri...

Iron Man AwardOctober 30, 2011

San Diego Archers Ironman Competition

San Diego Archers Ironman 3rd Annual Competition, 2011. 280 Shots— FOUR Times Around The Course Un-Marked 3–D, Animal Round, Field Round, and Hunter Round

And video from the 2012 event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCMUxoyw7Wc

2017
July 28, 2017

Gordon Veil and Norm Hasenfang Photo

The last photo taken of Gordon Veil and Norm Hasenfang at the Rube Powell Archery Range.

2019
2019 Tournament PinsJanuary 1, 2019

San Diego Archer Tournament Pins, 2019

Tournament pins from 2019.

August 31, 2019

San Diego Archers Updates Morley Field Archery Range Targets

New carpet bales added to the Morley Field Archery Range. Video:

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m24RGE56Hp4[/embed]

2020
Morley Field wheelchair rampFebruary 16, 2020

Morley Field Wheelchair Ramp

San Diego Archers Morley Field Archery Range Update

The San Diego Archers club with help from the City of San Diego has completed the installation of the Morley Field wheelchair ramp to help improve access to the range. Please share the news with your friends.

[video width="1024" height="572" mp4="https://sandiegoarchers.com/wp-con...

2022
San Diego Archers Pin Design Update, 1st place pin.February 1, 2022

Updated San Diego Archers Pin Design

Pin design updated, art by Jim Walker and production by Phil Hartman (123emblems.com). Design changes include a less wide pin width, with higher resolution images, colors, and shapes within the design.

 

2024
2024-duane-norman-10-years-presidentFebruary 24, 2024

Presented to Duane Norman for 10 years service as club President

Presented to Duane Norman for 10 years service as club President

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