The first of the great bowmen developed in this country was Will H. Thompson, winner of the pioneer national tournament at Chicago in 1879, who repeated as champion in 1884, 1888, 1901 and in 1908, which was 29 years after he won his first title.
L.W. Maxson was another star in the early years. He won championships in 1889, 1890, 1891, 1892, 1893, 1894 and 1898. Dr. Elmer, not only a great bowman but also an authority on the history of archery, won the American Round in 1911 and 1913 and won both the American and York rounds in 1914, 1915, 1916, 1919, 1920 and 1922. Russ Hoogerhyde, one of the brightest stars, captured titles in 1930, 1931, 1932, 1934, 1937 and 1940.
Other outstanding bowmen of earlier years were R. Williams Jr., W.A. Clark, G.P. Bryant, W.H. Palmer Jr. and P.W. Crouch. Included among the moderns who have gained a great measure of fame are Carl Oelschleger, Larry Hughes, Curtis L. Hill, Homer Prouty, G. Wayne Thompson, Herbert Henderson, Russ Reynolds, Stan Overby, Jack Wilson, Paul Berry, Charles Pierson, Jack Stewart, Irving H. Baker, Robert Larsen, Joe Fries, Bill Glackin, Robert Rhode, Bill Bednar, Charles Sandlin, and David Keaggy, Jr., John Williams and Darrell Pace.