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CHARLES M. GRIMM ~ STRAIGHT KILLS ARE HIS FAVORITES.

The Chicago Times Herald:

"One of the gamest men that ever handled a gun," is the expression of opinion by sportsmen in regard to American’s present live bird champion. He is said never to know when he is beaten, and has pulled many a race out of the fire after it was seemingly lost. An illustration still fresh in the memory of local enthusiasts took place at the Dupont tourney last August. It was in the state team race. The Illinois aggregation, captained by Chauncey Powers, had killed forty-nine out of a possible fifty live birds, and was in the lead for first money, worth $980. Four of the “Iowa Indians” had shot, dropping thirty-nine birds, when Captain Grimm went to the score. A straight kill of ten was needed to create a tie, and excitement was at a fever heat. Grimm’s nerve was equal to the test, and a roar of applause went up when he brought down his last bird. First money was then divided. Grimm hails from Clear Lake, Iowa where he owns a 400-acre farm, the working of which he superintends. He has been prominently identified with trap shooting for a number of years past, and there is seldom a tournament of any importance anywhere in the country which he does not attend. GRIMM'S defeat of Dr. CARVER for the cast-iron medal last Wednesday was well received by shooters, as he is deservedly popular. It is thought more interest will be awakened by having it change hands, Dr. CARVER having held it nearly three years. In the race he killed ninety-eight out of a possible 100 birds, breaking the Watson Park record of ninety-six, formerly held jointly by himself and Dr. CARVER of this city. Besides the cast-iron medal, emblematic of the American championship, GRIMM is the possessor of the world's fair medal, valued at $150. It is in the form of a watch charm, studded with diamonds. It was won from a field of fifteen in 1893. In that contest the Iowan established his reputation for gameness. An entrance fee of $125, made first money well worth winning. GRIMM missed two in his first four birds, then finished his remaining ninety-six with only two more misses, getting a score of ninety-six and capturing first honors. He also holds nearly a score of state and minor trophies. GRIMM will be one of the party of cracks who are to compete in the coming San Antonio and Little Rock tourneys."

It is not often we can quote the Times-Herald in speaking of a man who belongs to Clear Lake. Perhaps a tribute from Mr. GRIMM'S fellow citizens would show a few things that the sporting editor did not know.

The GRIMM farm of 400 acres is one of the best regulated in the county. Mr. GRIMM has recently made extensive improvements on his land and on his home. His record as a sportsman is [equaled] by his success as a farmer. That he is a generous host is proved by the token of appreciation he received from his sporting friends who were her during the tournament and were pleased because of the full measure of hospitality accorded to them. This gift was a combined book-case and writing-desk, a thing of beauty in itself and of infinite value because of the feeling of friendship that prompted its donors.

That Mr. GRIMM'S popularity is not confined to the sporting world is shown by the fact that his [many] friends in Clear Lake gave him a complimentary banquet after his victory over CARVER, and the expressions of esteem for him as a gentleman and fellow citizen were most flattering, even to a man who is called the champion wing-shot of the world.

SOURCE: Clear Lake Mirror, Souvenir Edition. Issued by the Ladies of the Library Association. Clear Lake IA. Vol. 31, No. 10. March 29, 1900.

Transcription and note by Sharon R. Becker, January of 2011

 

 

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