RALPH DYKES, Lombard, Illinois
Promoter/Organizer: Ralph Dykes was born in 1913 and bought his first pair of horseshoes in 1937 from H. Jackson (son of Frank Jackson), a pair of 1936 Ohio shoes for $1.50. He went on to served as Illinois Association President for twenty years (1948-1968). He also was elected NHPA President from 1967 to 1972. Ralph is known for providing innovative improvements to the handling of World Tournaments: including construction of scoring devises, qualifying score posting board, revised of 36 player round robin schedule. Ralph was awarded the Stoke Memorial Award in 1968. Ralph passed away December 8, 1998 at age 85.