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I failed to post this a few days back, on this forum, but since Ira has labeled me "resident historian", I guess it's my duty now [tongue].

As most of you already know, I'm all about San Diego and the archery history contained therein. Some of that history is easy to find, other parts, not so much. One such example is Roy and Bob Dill. Both were National Archery Champions and Roy was inducted into the California Bowmen Hunters / State Archery Association, Hall of Fame in 1982. Born in the mid to late 20's the brothers were well known for their competitive skills and archery shows. Anyway, there's not a lot published about either, that I'm aware of, and so consequently, I didn't know a whole lot about them. 

Then a moth or two ago, I received my issue of the CBH / SAA newsletter and found an article about none other than Roy Dill. I thought, "Cool, here's an opportunity to learn a little bit more about Roy".   That's when I noticed it was authored by Roy. Never dreaming Roy would still be with us, I immediately contacted the editor of the periodical with my desire to talk with Roy Dill and soon thereafter was contacted by Roy. 

This past Sunday I took the 2-1/2 hour trek to his house and spent a spectacular morning conversing with a former San Diego Field Archer, Champion competitor, Hall of Fame recipient, and all around great human being - Roy Dill. An experience that I will forever remember. 

At 92 years, Roy is still full of zest for his days on the target and field ranges and hearing about those times, from him, was priceless. THANK YOU ROY. 

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The following is from the Hall of Fame page at CBH/SAA. You can view it at: https://www.cbhsaa.net/HallofFame

Roy W. Dill 1926- Dedicated Archer

Born in Chicago, November 8, 1926,

Roy and his family moved to San Diego in 1928. In 1938 Roy bought his first lemonwood bow for $6.00. starting an involvement with archery that lasted over 34 years. Roy joined the San Diego Field Archers in 1944, shooting competitively until graduation from high school, where upon he joined the army.

From 1947 through 1951 Roy was a formidable competitor throughout the state of California. Winning many local tournaments as well as several State and National Championships.

1947 Won San Diego City Championship 2nd Place California State Field Championship 2nd Place NFAA Field Championship.
 
1948 Won San Diego City Championship Won California State Field Championship Won NFAA Field Championship Won California Clout Championship 2nd Place California Target Championship.
 
1949 Set New California State Broadhead Record, Score 930. Won First Professional Archery Championship, Pasadena, Shot First 900 Round ever in NFAA Competition. 3rd Place NFAA Field Championship.

1950 Won California State Field Championship shooting a newly recognized style of Archery, Freestyle. This was the first State Championship Tournament recognizing, "Pro Shooters." One pin was allowed.

In the period between 1948 and 1951, Roy with his brother Bob, toured the United States giving over 2,000 Archery Exhibitions. He also worked with Frank Eicholtz developing Frank's, "Composite Bow." It is said, because of his long draw, he shattered many bows during this trial and development period. In later years, Roy contributed much of his experience to both the YMCA and Boy Scouts. As late as 1981 Roy was still on the Board of Directors of the YMCA in the Sunland Area (Los Angeles).

After an absence of over 30 years from major tournament archery, Roy came back to competition, recording the 3rd highest overall score at the 1981 California State Field Championship Tournament, held at Fresno, California, using a 46 pound recurve bow.



THANK YOU IRA (and Hugh Rich) FOR SUPPLYING THE FOLLOWING PICTURES
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Roy, on the right, was the comedian of the duo in their shows!
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When Roy left competitive archery and the archery show with his brother, Bob's wife Gerrie, stepped up to fill the void. A VERY COURAGEOUS WOMAN if you ask me!!! (NOTE: This is not a publicity picture, the arrow has been loosed by Bob)
Bob n Gerrie.jpgAnother arrow in motion shot. I asked Roy if he and his brother ever had a close call during any of their shows. He recounted a time when he was holding a disc with a hole in the center, as seen below, being held by Gerrie Dill. Bob had loosed an arrow and hit Roy in the pinky finger causing it to bleed profusely! Bob had to continue solo until Roy could control the bleeding off-stage and return to the show moments later. 
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Jim...I've a couple of questions:  Is Bob still living? ... and ... Did Roy ever marry?
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Jim...I've a couple of questions:  Is Bob still living? ... and ... Did Roy ever marry?


Sadly, Bob passed in 2012. Roy told me he was married 32 years the first time and (presently) 30 something years the second time.

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Very cool, thanks for sharing Jaz!
Do we know what bows they were shooting in the pictures, and when they did the exposition tour, were they sponsored by Frank Eicholtz?

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Very cool, thanks for sharing Jaz!
Do we know what bows they were shooting in the pictures, and when they did the exposition tour, were they sponsored by Frank Eicholtz?


I asked about the bows he shot over the years. Among those he remembered were all the models made by Frank Eicholtz ((Early models), a Seafab, and a make he couldn't remember with metal tube limbs.

Roy and his brother Bob performed more than 2000 shows, I imagine even he wouldn't have known.

I don't think Frank sponsored the shows.

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