CKruse - Yes, Joe was the NFAA Free Style National Champion in 1958. That tournament was held at Grayling, Michigan. Joe was one of the better known names among the many great old time Champions from the first 13 NFAA National Tournaments held from 1946 to 1958. These were the golden years of the NFAA National Tournaments.
These are my personal Top 10 Favorite Champions from that period. I have various items signed by each of them which might include a bow, arrow, kill arrow, leather quiver, target, book, letter, tournament program, etc...
Great list of archery champions! I remember reading about most of them and had the pleasure of meeting a few. I worked with Bob Rhode at Hoyt in the late 1980s. What a character and what a source of archery-history trivia. I also had the great, good fortune to become acquainted with Rube Powel in his later years. That man could talk, and he gave me this fancy tournament quiver because he said the one I was using was boring. That was Rube.
I never did meet Fries, but I recall marveling at magazine photos of him shooting. His shooting style always appeared strong and yet effortless to me.
Bill Krenz Colorado
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Bill that is a very nice looking tournament quiver you have there... Great photo like allways Bill............
I am the same way Bill I have all ways liked Mr. Powel shooting style... I have a few archery books.. That shows Mr.Powel shooting style..Also I own a signed copy of Mr.Rhode Target archery champion book..Which is signed by a few people who are in the book... I foregt the year it came out...
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