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    HISTORY OF ORGANIZED TRAPSHOOTING IN AMERICA





    1831: Evidence shows that trapshooting was first contested in this county at the Sportsmen's Club of Cincinnati, OH. They probably used Passenger Pigeons or Sparrows for targets.<br><br>

    1840: New York Sportsman's Club held its first trapshooting competition.<br><br>

    1866: Charles Portlock of Boston, MA introduced the glass target ball from England. Glass ball matches were held during the remainder of the 19th century. Great glass ball shooters such as Capt. Bogardus, Doc Carver, Ira Paine, and Annie Oakley continued to set glass ball records in exhibitions and matches.<br><br>

    1868 Fred Kimble of Knoxville, IL invented the choke bore shotgun. Perhaps the most important shotgun invention of all time.<br><br>

    1880 Invention of the clay target by George Ligowsky of Cincinnati, Ohio. He would introduce the target at the conclusion of the New York State Shoot at Coney Island to a group of shooters. It became an instant success. He contracted Capt. Adam Bogardus and Doc Carver to tour the country in a series of matches using Ligowsky targets. Carver had made a name for himself as a rifle shooter but remarkably, Carver won 22 of the 25 matches over the great Bogardus. This had to humiliate Bogardus. Ligowsky was also instrumental in the staging of the first national trapshoot in New Orleans in 1885. All the great shots attended including Rolla Heikes, Bogardus, Carver and J. A. R. Elliott. Doc Carver won the event.<br><br>

    1883: Capt. Adam Bogardus and Doc Carver toured the country in a series of matches using Ligowsky targets. Carver had made a name for himself as a rifle shooter but remarkably, Carver won 22 of the 25 matches over the great Bogardus.
    1883: Introduction of sparrow shooting from a trap, as reported in Sporting Life. ( Ed: However, it wouldn't surprise me if they shot sparrows before this date.<br>
    1884: About 1884, Fred Kimble invented the composition clay target. He was very unhappy with the hardness of the Ligowsky target made from baked clay. Kimble and a partner, Charlie Stock developed the first composition type target which was not all clay. Unlike the Ligowsky target, It broke when hit. It was called the Peoria Black Bird. It was made of coal-tar, pitch and other ingredients and was shiny black in color. They also made a trap to throw this target.<br><br>

    1884: The First International Clay Pigeon Tournament (Ligowsky Rules) was held in Chicago, Illinois, May 26 - 31, 1884.
    On Thursday evening, May 29th of this first shoot, sportsmen held a meeting at the Palmer House, Chicago, to draw up a constitution and by-laws for the organization of the National Sportsmen's Association. A committee was appointed to draw up the necessary papers. The committee of 7 men were from Cincinnati, OH, Tallahassee, FL., Washington, D. C., Chicago, IL, Nashville, TN, Worcester, MA and DuQuoin, IL.<br><br>

    In January 1885 a Prospectus of the National Trap Shooters' Association was published in the sporting journals. It was also referred to as the National Gun Association. The article stated the following objects of the Association:
    1. To adopt national standard rules for live pigeon, clay pigeon, glass ball shooting, etc.
    2. To organize annually and international shooting tournament.
    3. To organize annually two or more Inter-State tournaments.
    4. To organize proprietary gun clubs in various cities, the principal one to be
    located with the office of the Association.
    5. To publish an annual report, giving list of members, rules, reports of the
    years principal events, etc., announcements for the future, etc.<br><br>


    1885: George Ligowsky was also instrumental in the staging of the Second International Clay Pigeon Tournament in New Orleans. All the great shots attended including Rolla Heikes, Bogardus, Carver and J. A. R. Elliott. Doc Carver won the event.<br><br>
    1889: The first trapshooting association, organized in 1889, was the American Shooting Association. They produced the first rule book. The first governing body was composed of those employed by companies who produced trapshooting-related products. Among them was L. C. Smith, founder of the famous gun company; Charles Tatham, owner of the largest lead shot processing plant in the country; and Capt. A. W. DuBray of the Parker Gun Co. In 1892 with more gun and powder related companies joining the fold, the association produced a name change to the Interstate Manufacturer's and Dealers’ Association. In plain language, the American Shooting Association went out of business.<br><br>

    1892: The Interstate Manufacturer's and Dealers’ Association was organized. In 1895, the name was shortened to The Interstate Association. This organization was made up of the gun and powder company manufacturers (professionals) for the "encouragement of trapshooting". Their headquarters was Pittsburgh, PA. Elmer Shaner was the manager of this association every year until they became the American Trapshooting Association in 1919. The new headquarters was moved from Pittsburgh to New York. Shaner did not want to relocate so he retired. However, he did become president of the new association in 1921. He gave the opening address for the new ATA at the Grand American from 1923 to 1937. He missed his first Grand in 1938 and died the following year.<br><br>

    1893: First Grand American at live birds (lasted 10 years to 1902). It was held in Dexter Park in Long Island, NY on April 5, 1893. The shoot attracted 24 shooters with R. A. Welch winning with a 23x25.. All ten of these tournaments were managed by Elmer Shaner of Pennsylvania.<br><br>

    1900: First Grand American at clay targets held at Interstate Park in New York City from June 12-15. Again, managed by Elmer Shaner of Pennsylvania. Shaner would manage the first 19 Grand American tournaments until the formation of the American Trapshooting Association in 1919. The first GAH was won by Rolla "Pop" Heikes of Dayton, Ohio. There were 74 entries.<br><br>

    1901: Second Grand American held at Interstate Park, NY.<br><br>

    1902 Third Grand American held at Interstate Park, NY.<br><br>

    1903: Fourth Grand American held at Elliott's Blue River Shooting Park in Kansas City, MO<br><br>

    1904: Fifth Grand American held in Indianapolis, IN.<br><br>

    1905 First New York Athletic Club (NYAC) tournament.<br><br>

    1905: Sixth Grand American held in Indianapolis, IN.<br><br>

    1906: Seventh Grand American held in Indianapolis, IN.<br><br>

    1907: First Westy Hogans Tournament held at Young's Pier in Atlantic City, NJ<br><br>

    1907: Eighth Grand American held at the Chicago Gun Club in Chicago, IL.<br><br>

    1908: Ninth Grand American held at Columbus, Ohio.<br><br>

    1909: Tenth Grand American held at the Chicago Gun Club in Chicago, IL.<br><br>

    1910: Eleventh Grand American again held at the Chicago Gun Club in Chicago, IL.<br><br>

    1910: Riley Thompson became the first shooter to break all 100 targets in the Grand American Handicap.<br>
    1911: Doubles targets were introduced for the first time. Allen Heil of Allentown, PA led the nation in doubles averages in 1911 & 1912. Mark Arie won the first Doubles Championship at the Grand American in 1912, breaking 89x100.<br><br>

    1911: Twelfth Grand American held at Columbus, OH.<br><br>

    1912: Thirteenth Grand American held at Springfield, IL.<br><br>

    1913: Fourteenth Grand American held at Dayton, OH.<br><br>
    1914: The first official average book published.<br><br>

    1914: Fifteenth Grand American held at Dayton, OH held at the National Cash Register Club.<br><br>

    1915: Sixteenth Grand American held at the downtown Grand Park, in Chicago, IL.<br><br>

    1916: Seventeenth Grand American held at St. Louis, MO.<br><br>

    1915: The American Amateur Trapshooting Association (AATA, 1916-1919) formed on December 23, 1915 with John Philip Sousa as president. This was the first attempt to have a national organization organized and run by amateurs. Sousa would serve as president again in 1918. This new association was the first attempt at amateur control and did not replace any other organization. It co-existed at the time with the Interstate Trapshooting Association.<br><br>

    1917: Eighteenth Grand American held at the South Shore Country Club in Chicago, IL.<br><br><br>

    1918: Nineteenth Grand American held at the South Shore Country Club in Chicago, IL.<br>

    1919: The American Trapshooting Association (ATA, 1919-1923) was formed and replaced the Interstate Trapshooting Association. The offices were moved to New York from Pittsburgh. It was this association that designed the ATA logo much as it appears today.<br><br>

    1919: The AATA was disbanded and absorbed by the newly formed American Trapshooting Association.<br><br>

    1919: Twentieth Grand American held at the South Shore Country Club in Chicago, IL.<br><br>

    1920: Twenty-first Grand American held at the Edgewater Park in Cleveland, OH.<br><br>

    1921: Twenty-second Grand American held at the South Shore Country Club in Chicago, IL.<br><br>

    1922: Twenty-third Grand American held at Atlantic City, NJ<br><br>

    1923: The Amateur Trapshooting Association (ATA, 1923-present) was organized to replace the American Trapshooting Association. For the first time, trapshooting was run and organized by amateurs. The first Grand American under this new association was in Chicago, the final year it would moved yearly.<br><br><br>

    1923: Twenty-fourth Grand American held at the South Shore Country Club in Chicago, IL.<br><br>

    1924: The new home grounds of the ATA was established at Vandalia, Ohio. The twenty-fifth Grand American was held at the new home grounds. There were 16 trapfields. They continue there to this day. George McCarty, living in New Jersey at the time, was the driving force for the development of the new home grounds. He became the second president of the new ATA. The ATA awarded $4,500 in cash and trophies.<br><br>

    1924: First T. C. Marshall Marathon at Yorklyn, DE. Eventually replaced the ATA Eastern Zone shoots until 1948.<br><br>

    1925: Steve Crothers breaks the first 200 straight in singles at any Grand American. Annie Oakley pays a visit to the Grand American and, according to Jimmy Robinson, breaks a 97. However, the ATA has no record that she ever shot at the Grand that year. She would die the following year. It was this year that the ATA had the option to purchase the old Annie Oakley homestead and move it to the ATA home grounds for an Annie Oakley museum. Somehow, shrouded by time, they never acted. The home was razed years later, never to be seen again.<br><br>

    1926: Sparrow Young became the first shooter to break 100x100 in the Grand American Handicap when held at Vandalia. Young was elected to the HOF in 1972. Annie Oakley dies.<br><br>
    1932: John Philip Sousa dies at age 77, after conducting a rehearsal of the famous Ringgold Band in Reading, Pennsylvania. As fate would have it, the last piece he conducted was "The Stars and Stripes Forever".<br><br>

    1950: The Western White Flyer Electric Trap (V1524A) was used at the Grand American for the first time in 1950, than 1952, 1954 and from 1956 until 2003. It was the first built-in electric release.<br><br>
    1968: ATA Hall of Fame established.<br><br>

    1969: Fifteen inducted in the Hall of Fame on August 19, 1969.<br><br>

    1977: The first Satellite Grand, the Spring Grand, was held in Arizona. Hall of Famer Roger Smith won the HAA with 394x400. Smith also won the Handicap title.<br>
    1978: Reggie Jachimowski of Antioch, IL was the first shooter to win the Grand American from 27 yards, winning with a 100x100.<br><br>
    1987: Frank Little defeated Kay Ohye in the longest shootoff in the history of the ATA. The event took place at the Maryland TA home grounds in Thurmont, MD. Little won 525-524 shootoff targets.<br><br>
    1997: The Grand American will offer $175,000 in added money, prizes and trophies.<br><br>
    1999: The 100th Grand American held at the ATA home grounds in Vandalia, Ohio. Five thousand (5,000) shot the Grand American Handicap.<br><br>
    2004: All Grand American singles and handicap events were shot over two trap fields, 50 targets per trap, ten targets per post.<br><br>
    2004: Fully automatic PAT® traps purchased by the ATA and installed at Vandalia for the 2004 Grand American. They replace the old Western White Flyer Hand Set electric traps that have been in use since 1950. Automatic releases also installed on all trap fields.<br><br>
    2004: ATA announces move to the World Shooting & Recreational Complex in Sparta, IL for the 2006 Grand American. The 2005 Grand American will be the last at Vandalia.<br><br>
    2005: Mike Blaisdell defeated Brian Whalen in the longest ATA shootoff, 575-574 shootoff targets. The eclipses the record set in 1987 between Frank Little and Kay Ohye. The 1987 event was held at Thurmont, MD and the 2005 event was held at Elysburg. Both for shootoffs for the Eastern Zone Singles Championship.<br><br>
    2005: The final Vandalia Grand American held in Vandalia, Ohio from August 8-18. Target requirements and only 64 trap fields were the order of the day, down from 100 fields that were in use for years.<br><br>
    2006: The ATA holds the Grand American at the World Shooting & Recreational Complex in Sparta, IL. The HOF and the ATA Administrative offices remain in Vandalia, Ohio.



    <br><br><br><br><br>

    Trapshooting Timeline of Important Historical Dates
    Trapshooting in America

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    1831
    Evidence shows that trapshooting was first contested in this county at the Sportsmen's Club of Cincinnati, OH. They probably used Passenger Pigeons or Sparrows for targets. (It is now known that a pigeon shoot was held at that club in 1836.)
    1840
    New York Sportsman's Club held its first trapshooting competition.

    1866
    Charles Portlock of Boston, MA introduced the glass target ball from England.

    1868
    Fred Kimble of Knoxville, IL invented the choke bore shotgun. Perhaps the most important shotgun invention of all time.

    1880
    About 1880, Fred Kimble invented the clay target. However, George Ligowsky still receives credit for this invention. Kimble and a partner, Charlie Stock developed a clay target, perhaps the first. It was called the Peoria Black Bird. It was made of coal-tar, pitch and other ingredients and was shiny black in color. They also made a trap to throw this target.

    1880
    Invention of the clay target by George Ligowsky of Cincinnati, Ohio. He would introduce the target at the conclusion of the New York State Shoot at Coney Island to a group of shooters. It became an instant success.

    1880
    Rolla Heikes breaks first known 100 straight (Shot in Nebraska using Ligowsky targets)

    1883
    George Ligowsky contracted Capt. Adam Bogardus and Doc Carver to tour the country in a series of matches using Ligowsky targets. Carver had made a name for himself as a rifle shooter but remarkably, Carver won 22 of the 25 matches over the great Bogardus. This had to humiliate Bogardus.

    1883

    Introduction of sparrow shooting from a trap, as reported in Sporting Life. ( Ed: However, it wouldn't surprise me if they shot sparrows before this date.

    1884
    The First International Clay Pigeon Tournament (Ligowsky Rules) was held in Chicago, Illinois, May 26 - 31, 1884.

    1885
    Ligowsky was also instrumental in the staging of the second national trapshoot in New Orleans. All the great shots attended including Rolla Heikes, Bogardus, Carver and J. A. R. Elliott. Doc Carver won the event.

    1889
    The first trapshooting association, organized in 1889, was the American Shooting Association. They produced the first rule book. The first governing body was composed of those employed by companies who produced trapshooting-related products. Among them was L. C. Smith, founder of the famous gun company; Charles Tatham, owner of the largest lead shot processing plant in the country; and Capt. A. W. DuBray of the Parker Gun Co. In 1892 with more gun and powder related companies joining the fold, the association produced a name change to the Interstate Manufacturer's and Dealers’ Association.

    1892
    The Interstate Manufacturer's and Dealers’ Association was organized from the American Shooting Association. In 1895, the name was shortened to The Interstate Association. This organization was made up of the gun and powder company manufacturers (professionals) for the "encouragement of trapshooting". Their headquarters was Pittsburgh, PA. Elmer Shaner was the manager of this association every year until they became the American Trapshooting Association in 1919. The new headquarters was moved from Pittsburgh to New York. Shaner did not want to relocate so he retired. However, he did become president of the new association in 1921. He gave the opening address for the new ATA at the Grand American from 1923 to 1937. He missed his first Grand in 1938 and died the following year.

    1893
    First Grand American at live birds (lasted 10 years to 1902). It was held in Kansas City, MO. All ten of these tournaments managed were managed by Elmer Shaner of Pennsylvania.

    1900
    First Grand American at clay targets held at Interstate Park in New York City from June 12-15. Again, managed by Elmer Shaner of Pennsylvania. Shaner would manage the first 19 Grand American tournaments until the formation of the American Trapshooting Association in 1919. The first GAH was won by Rolla "Pop" Heikes of Dayton, Ohio. There were 74 entries.

    1902
    Last Grand American at live pigeons held in Kansas City. The shoots were stopped because of too much bad national press brought on by the killing of pigeons.

    1906
    Guy Ward of Walnut Log, TN wins first Grand American Singles Championship with 144x150 at 1906 Grand American in Indianapolis, IN.

    1909
    Joe Kautzky (his daughter Marie is a HOF inductee) broke the first registered 200 straight in singles at Jewell, Iowa in 1909.

    1910
    Riley Thompson became the first shooter to break all 100 targets in the Grand American Handicap.

    1911
    Allen Heil of Allentown, PA led the nation in doubles averages in 1911 & 1912.

    1912
    Mark Arie won the first Doubles Championship at the Grand American in 1912, breaking 89x100.

    1912
    Jay Graham becomes the first American to win Olympic Gold. He won gold at the Stockholm Olympics in 1912.

    1916
    The American Amateur Trapshooting Association (AATA, 1916-1919) formed with John Philip Sousa as president. This was the first attempt to have a national organization organized and run by amateurs. Sousa would serve as president again in 1918. This new association was the first attempt at amateur control and did not replace any other organization. It co-existed at the time with the Interstate Trapshooting Association.

    1919
    The American Trapshooting Association (ATA, 1919-1923) was formed and replaced the Interstate Trapshooting Association. The offices were moved to New York from Pittsburgh. It was this association that designed the ATA logo much as it appears today.

    1919
    The AATA was disbanded and absorbed by the newly formed American Trapshooting Association.

    1920
    Mark Arie and Frank Troeh finished with the gold and silver medals at the 1920 Antwerp Olympics. Both are Hall of Famers.

    1923
    The Amateur Trapshooting Association (ATA, 1923-present) was organized to replace the American Trapshooting Association. For the first time, trapshooting was run and organized by amateurs. The first Grand American under this new association was in Chicago, the final year it would moved yearly.

    1924
    The new home grounds of the ATA was established at Vandalia, Ohio. The twenty-fifth Grand American was held at the new home grounds. There were 16 trapfields. They continue there to this day. George McCarty, living in New Jersey at the time, was the driving force for the development of the new home grounds. He became the second president of the new ATA.

    1924
    First Marshall Marathon at Yorklyn, DE. Eventually replaced the ATA Eastern Zone shoots until 1948.

    1925
    Annie Oakley pays a visit to the Grand American one year before she died. Jimmy Robinson claims she broke 97x100 in a singles event but the score is not reflected in ATA records. Annie would die the next year. Steve Crothers breaks the first 200x200 at this Grand American.

    1926
    Mark Arie breaks the first ATA 100 straight in doubles. (Great Western Handicap at the Denver, Colorado Municipal Trap Club) July 18,1926.

    1926
    Sparrow Young became the first shooter to break 100x100 in the Grand American Handicap when held at Vandalia. Young was elected to the HOF in 1972.

    1927
    Jimmy Robinson of Sports Afield announces the first All American teams. Frank Troeh named captain.

    1950
    The Western White Flyer Electric Trap (V1524A) was used at the Grand American for the first time in 1950, than 1952, 1954 and from 1956 until 2003. It was the first built-in electric release.

    1951
    Robert and Roger Clyne developed after market electric target releases for traps in the late 1940's and in 1951 the "Clyne Puller" was first used at the Grand American. Both Robert and Roger would be inducted into the Trapshooting HOF in 2006.

    1952
    George Genereux, a HOF inductee wins Olympic Gold Medal at the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki, Finland.

    1964
    Col. E. S. Throckmorton breaks first 100 straight from the 27 yard line. (Throckmorton's 100 from 27 was on 7/19/1964 at Four Corners Roundup, Cortez TC, Cortez, Colo.)

    1964
    Dan Orlich completes the first ATA Grand Slam. (100 straight in doubles and 27 yard handicap and 200 in singles)

    1968
    ATA Hall of Fame established.

    1969
    Fifteen inducted in the Hall of Fame on August 19, 1969.

    1976
    Donald Haldeman of Souderton, Pennsylvania became the third trapshooter from the United States to win an Olympic Gold medal in Trapshooting. Haldeman, a 27 yard ATA shooter, won the medal at the Montreal Olympics.

    1977
    The first Satellite Grand, the Spring Grand, was held in Arizona. Hall of Famer Roger Smith won the HAA with 394x400. Smith also won the Handicap title.

    1978
    Reggie Jachimowski of Antioch, IL was the first shooter to win the Grand American from 27 yards, winning with a 100x100.

    1987
    Frank Little and Kay Ohye engage in the longest shootoff in ATA history. Little won the Eastern Zone Singles title 525-524 at Thurmont, Maryland.

    1999
    The 100th Grand American held at the ATA home grounds in Vandalia, Ohio. Five thousand (5,000) shot the Grand American Handicap.

    2000
    ATA starts hunt for new home grounds brought on by possible airport expansion on land leased by the ATA.

    2004
    The ATA announces the move of the Grand American tournament to Sparta, IL. The first shoot will be in 2006.

    2005
    Mike Blaisdell and Brian Whalen engage in the longest shootoff in ATA history. Blaisdell won the Eastern Zone Singles title 575-574 at Elysburg, PA. This record eclipses the record set in 1987 between Frank Little and Kay Ohye.

    2005
    The ATA holds the final shoot in Vandalia, Ohio. First held in Vandalia in 1924, the shoot was held there every year until the final shoot in 2005. A total of 72 years in Vandalia.

    2006
    The ATA held their first shoot at the World Shooting & Recreational Complex in Sparta, IL in July (The First US Open) than a month later hold the first Grand American at Sparta. The first year finished with the first National Team Shoot in September.

    2006
    The first Grand American held at the World Shooting & Recreational Complex in Sparta, IL. The venue is owned by the state of Illinois. The ATA no longer owns it's own home grounds. However, the HOF and ATA administrative offices remain in Vandalia.
     
  2. One Eyed Left Handed

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    A lot of good history. I appreciate the time you took to post it.
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    You forgot to include Magic rocks and the introduction of the Lucite Navel.

    Good post, anyway.

    HM
     
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    Here's the source with some nice pictures.

    Neil
     
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    1914 Passenger pigeons become extinct.
     
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