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spring of 1928 by the Grim Reaper, and this great loss was mourned by horseshoe fans everywhere.
     Gaylord Peterson came through to win the 1928 tournament which was again held at Fairbury. In 1929 the tournament was brought back to Springfield to become a permanent fixture of the fair, and a grand old player, C. R. Thompson, of Chicago, became the champion. Milton Tate, of Knoxville, began a reign as champion with the 1930 tournament, and he retained his title until the 1933 meet when he was dethroned by Joe Bennett, of Congerville.
     Gaylord Peterson again took the title in 1934, and Ellis Griggs, of Plainville won out in 1935. Another grand old player ascended the throne in 1936 when Howard Collier, of Canton, won out. In this year was first instituted the junior tournament for boys under 18, and the first winner was Herbert Patrick, of Fairbuny. The yeas of 1937 saw Milton Tate come back to the top, and also saw Patrick retain his crown. William Moore, of Danville, won out in 1938, with Patrick again winning the junior meet. Aden Swinehamer, of 1203 Grand Blvd., Aurora, is the present state champion, having won in 1939.
     The Illinois Association has had a fine tournament every year since its formation. Each year the meet is pitched under a huge tent to prevent rain from halting the proceedings, and also to protect players from sun glare.
     The success attending the Illinois efforts are due in no small way to the magnificent work done by President L. E. Tanner, of Anchor. Mr. Tanner really needs no introduction to any horseshoe fan, for everyone knows of his unselfish and unstinting la-bors during the trying years of 1933-39 when he was National President. He has been the head of the Illinois Association ever since it was first organized, and the efforts of one great horseshoe patriot in the organization of a state can be clearly seen in Illinois.
     The only sad mark upon the Illinois slate is found in Chicago. Here, most of the players have hooked up with the A.A.U. How these professional pitchers have succeeded in joining an amateur association is not known, but even if they have slipped by as amateurs, their very conscience should tell them that they are defeating the purpose for which amateur pitching was organized. It is hoped that these players will see their way to coming back with the organization to which they rightfully and morally belong.

Massachusetts joined the National Association in 1936, the first year the new membership plan was put into effect. They