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LMUD Presents: This Day in Susanville History – October 9, 1940

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Looking west over Susanville in the late 1940’s ~From the Eastman Collection at UC Davis~

Archery Meet Held in Susanville
October 9, 1940


The annual meeting of the Archery Division of the Lassen Game Conservation League was held at Susanville Fair grounds in Susanville last Sunday.

A large crowd of archers assembled, and twenty men and ten women entered the contests. There were members of archery clubs from Lakeview, Oregon; Reno, Nevada, besides those from Alturas, Redding, Red Bluff and Susanville.

Three archers attended from Greenville. They were Fred Christie, L. P. Hanley and Mrs. L. P. Hanley. Organization of a club for Greenville is planned as soon as there are enough archers to form an organization.

The Susanville meet was in charge of H. Hill of Susanville.

The contests started at 10 a.m.. with a clout shoot at 100 yards for ladies and 180 yards for men, each shooting 24 arrows. High score of 79 points was made by Mr. Seahorn of Susanville. Mr. Seahorn was using a 35 pound yew wood bow. Mrs. L. Lack of Redding made high score in the ladies division.

The running deer shoot was the next event. A dummy deer was made up of burlap sacks packed with hay and attached to pulleys on a tight wire and pulled back and forth across the field at about the speed of a running deer. Each archer shot as many arrows as he or she should from 50 yards while the imitation deer scampered across the field 12 times.

This was a very difficult undertaking, and the misses were many. High score of three points was made by Mr. Daniels of Redding. Ladies high, Mrs. Lack of Redding.

The third event was the American round, which was commenced immediately after lunch was served by the Susanville archers. In the American round, men were grouped into three different groups, A., B and C. In accordance with their past shooting record. The ladies were entered all in one group. The men started with 30 arrows from 60 yards, 30 arrows from 50 yards, and 30 arrows from 40 yards. Ladies commencing at 50 yards, then 40 yards, and then 30 yards.

The fourth event was 30 arrows at a standard 48 inch target from 100 yards. High score was made by Mr. Seahorn of Susanville.
The fifth and last event was a 24 inch swinging target, everyone shooting 18 arrows from 40 yards.

In order to stimulate interest in the sport of archery and with an aim towards helping those with low scores, a prize for low score was awarded both low man and low lady, consisting of a beautiful book of complete instructions on archery.

 

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