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Arch Stokes Contributed
Much To Horseshoe Game

    Among the men who have contributed to the betterment of the sport of horseshoe pitching, none stands higher than the late Arch Stokes, soft spoken ex-president of the National Horseshoe Pitching Association.

    Mr. Stokes passed away in Salt Lake City on Oct. 13, 1957, after spending nearly two decades in work which will be long remembered by those who pursue the horseshoe game.

Four times president of the organization (1951-1952-1955-1957). Mr. Stokes was not himself a championship-calibre pitcher. He took up the game in 1940, when he joined the Salt Lake County Horseshoe Club. Five years later he was commissioned by the Utah Centennial Committee to seek the national tournament as part of the 1947 celebration in Utah. He was not only successful in that assignment, but supervised the layout and construction of the horseshoe courts on which the tournament is still played. Working closely with Al Leick of Utah Power & Light Co., who designed the illumination system. Mr. Stokes realized a long-sought goal when firing commenced in the 1947 competition.

    The National Tournament pays tribute to the memory of Arch Stokes and Salt Lake county takes justifiable pride in the achievemtnnts of this native son.

Stokes Memorial Trophy

    Each year in memory of Arch Stokes, four times the N.H.P.A.'s president, the Stokes family presents a beautiful trophy enblematic of the outstanding contribution to the game during the past year.

    The 1958 winner was Elmer Beller of Bellflower, Calif., then secretary of the N.H.P.A., and now its 1st Vice-president.

    Last year the award went to a husband and wife team, Arch and Katie Gregson of Crestline, Calif., both of whom have been active in the association's affairs for many years.

    Arch and Katie are shown here recieving the award from Mrs. Stokes at Murray last year.




Article from 1960, Contributed by Bob Champion, CO
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