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Rube Powell
1911 - 1991

Class of 1973     Competitor

    Born in Osage, Iowa on November 19, 1911, Rube retired from the United States Navy as Chief Master-at-Arms.  He began shooting barebow with the straight end long-bow made of Osage orange, lemonwood or yew wood and linen thread strings while stationed in Jacksonville, Florida in 1947.

  Rube moved to San Diego in 1949, changed his style of shooting and won the 1951 N.F.A.A. Freestyle Championship in Watkins Glenn, New York using an "unorthodox high anchor" and a "high wrist."  (Later to be known as the California high wrist).  He shot a 70", 52-53 lb. bow and a 31-1/2" arrow.

  Rube spent countless hours working with city officials, citizens and archers in the San Diego area promoting archery, creating ranges and helping clubs.  A straight talking individual, he has contributed much to California Archery.

Notes of Interest


  • Took Up Archery in 1947 While Serving in U. S. Navy


    Won National Field Archery Association Championships, 1951 thru 1956


    Shot with Unorthodox High Anchor and High Wrist Method


    Held National Records in Field, Hunter, Broadhead, Animal, and Aggregate Tournament Competition

    AAU “Athlete of the Year” in 1955


    Life Member of the NFAA, San Diego Archers, Chula Vista Archers


    Contributed Much to California Archery, Promoting the Sport, Creating Ranges, and Assisting Clubs




Joe Rusinek and Rube Powell
at 1973 Induction

Rube with Ann Weber Hoyt 1950's  



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