of the Gun Club of Paris 1891
Records of Old Gun Club
Carroll Blackwell, in sorting out papers in the probate and
magistrate court at Paris, found a secretary’s book that recorded
the organization of the “Paris Gun Club” Jan. 9, 1893. G.W.
Hayden was elected president, T. Guy Mitchell the vice-president,
G.E. Grimes the secretary and E.G. McGee the treasurer.
The latter reported receipts the first year of $427.88, from
memberships and sale of such items as live birds, dead birds, Blue
Fox, trap repair work for the Granville Gun Club, etc. The minutes
of the first meeting says that a group of “Paris Sports” met and
formed the organization, set membership for charter members at $1,
annual dues of 50¢, and $2 for membership after charter members had
joined. It originally set the total membership at 30, but this was
later raised to 40, and then possibly more, judging from the
minutes. The first shoot was held Friday, January 16, men and boys
charged 10¢ each, ladies free.
members listed included: G. W. Hayden, T. G. Mitchell, H. P. Long,
G. M. Bower, John W. Smith, J. Fred Davis, D. L. Cooper, R. O.
Osborn, E. L. Major, T. G. Bassett, F. B. Bassett, W. S. Shelton, J.
R. Phillips, H. F. Meier, J. H. Rodes, E.G. McGee, T. W. Pinkerton
(honorary), G. E. Grimes, C. G. Goetz, W. H. Bassett, L. R. Porter,
M. R. Bower, John S. Pool, S. M. Reily, C. L. Blanton, Joe Burnett,
T. P. Hales, C. H. Rose, Dr. W. L. Faulk (honorary), J. T. Noel,
Jos. S. McGee, T. W. McCrary, T. A. Caplinger, Jno. H. Curtright,
Jno. Kirsch, C.R. Buerk.
This list was dated in 1891 even through the organization notes were
dated 1893, so there evidently was a previous organization.