EXERCISEºRECREATIONºSPORT


HORSESHOE COMPENDIUM

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WYOMING
     The first championship horseshoe tournament, under National jurisdiction, in Wyoming, was held in Cheyenne in 1933, and was sponsored by the Cheyenne Horseshoe Club. This contest was won by Lester Forsythe, of Laramie. In 1934 and 1935 the state meets were also held by the Cheyenne Horseshoe Club both of these meets being won by Clarence Carllson, of Cheyenne.
     In the fall of 1935 the Wyoming Division of the National Horseshoe Pitchers' Association was organized. This organization became active in the spring of 193(5. The officers elected at that meeting were as follows: President, D. R. Kinports, Cheyenne; First Vice President, O. E. Forsythe, Laramie; Second Vice President, H. L. Rowe, Sheridan; Third Vice President, R. H. Platt, Encampment; Fourth Vice President, Jack Jones, Douglass; Secretary, Ernest Harrison, Cheyenne; Treasurer, G. D. Percival, Lusk.
     In 1936 the Cheyenne Club again sponsored the state tournament, but was managed by the State Association the championship being won by Lester Forsythe, of Laramie.
     The state meet in 1937 was sponsored by the merchants of Glenrock, and held at that place. The state organization also had charge of and conducted the tournament. Jack Jones, of Douglass won the championship.
     The State Fair Association contributed cash prizes for the 1938 state meet which was again run by the State Association. As a result of this meet Merle Palmer, of Cheyenne, was declared state champion.
     At this time the state officers for the following two years were elected as follows: President, Geo. H. McConnaughey, 503 S. Park, Casper, Wyoming; First Vice President, O. E. Forsythe, 703 S. Seventh St., Laramie; Second Vice President, Harry Phillips, Mission Barber Shop, Sheridan; Third Vice President, R. H. Platt, Encampment; Fourth Vice President, Hilmer Hanson, 143 Conwell St., Casper; Secretary, by appointment, A. L. Mitchell, 421 E. 18th St., Cheyenne; Treasurer, G. D. Percival, Lusk.
     The Wheatland Horseshoe Club, with the financial assistance of the business firms of that city conducted the 1939 state meet. This was the hardest fought contest ever held in Wyoming, Shell Patton, of Dwyer, winning with an average percent of 60.1, while Merle Palmer, the runner-up and former champion, averaged 62.2 per cent. In some individual games the percentage ran as high as 70 per cent.
     A county association was formed in Laramie County in 1939 and a county tournament was held at the county fair in Pine

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