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Famous female archers

The most remarkable woman archer in the history of the sport in America was Mrs. M.C. Howell. She gained her first United States title in 1883. She also won the national championship in 1885, 1886, 1890, 1891, 1892, 1893, 1895, 1896, 1898, 1899, 1900, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1905 and 1907-seventeen times a champion over a span of a little more than two decades.

Mrs. A.H. Gibbs twice was a national champion; Mrs. A.M. Phillips won the title three times-1887, 1888, 1889-in the era when Mrs. Howell was at her peak. Cynthia Weston won the national crown three times-1915, 1916 and 1920. Dorothy Smith, later Mrs. Cummings, flashed into national prominence for the first time in 1919 by winning the championship. She repeated in 1921, 1922, 1924, 1925, 1926 and 1931, to make her runner-up to Mrs. Howell in the ownership of titles.

Jean Lee of Springfield, Mass., and Mrs. Ann Weber Corby of Boonton, N.J., also have a high rating in this group. Both women have won the United States championship four times, Miss Lee in successive years starting in 1948 and Mrs. Corby in 1940, 1946, 1947 and 1952. In 1952, Miss Lee also won the world title for the second year in a row.

Other fine performers in the more modern era include Mrs. Rea Dillinger Dietrich, Mrs. Eloise Ruby, Sharlene Skanes, Mrs. Jean Richards, Artie Palkowski, Mrs. Olive Crouch, Carole Meinhart, Ann Clark, Margaret Tillbury, Nancy Vonderheide Kleinman, Victoria Cook, Doreen Wilbur.