The Black Hawk Rifle Club, Inc. was organized in February 1936 by a group of shooters at the University of
Chicago. The original name was the Blackhawk Rifle Club. A letter was sent to the NRA on May 8, 1936 seeking
NRA Club status. The charter members included:
Russell Wiles, Sr. - President
Russell Wiles, Jr. - Vice President
Ray L. Converse - Secretary &
Edward K. Waters - Executive Officer
Eugene H. Pierce - Team Captain
Lois M. Pierce
Dana R. Simpson
Donald M. Trowbridge
F. Norris Hooton
Carl T. Dunn
Cora E. Converse
The club was incorporated March 25, 1940 by the State of Illinois as Black Hawk Rifle Club, Inc. This certificate states that the club's object was,
"to promote and encourage proficiency in the use of small arms and in marksmanship; to provide facilities for the use of firearms to the members of said club and to other persons; to acquire, hold, use, let or lease buildings and premises and personal property for the objects of the corporation; to make contracts and agreements to accomplish the purposes of the corporation; to join other clubs and organizations whether local, State or national to promote the objects of the corporation."The following were Directors at that time:
Robert V. Miner
Clifford E. Pearson
From a letter by Russell Wiles, Jr. in 1954, "As time went on, additional members of the Midway Rifle Club were
added. The Midway Rifle Club dissolved because of the inability of the Club to make a deal for the 124th Field
Artillery Armory range. This was a 50 yard indoor range with room for about 8 shooters and was really the only
reason for the existence of a shooting organization."
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