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Dateline Cowichan: Robin Hoods take aim in bowman competition

A work party poses in front of Robert Service’s Cairn — with cleaning tools and wheelbarrow with weeds — at Robert Service Wayside Park May 17, 1975. - courtesy Cowichan Valley Museum and Archive
A work party poses in front of Robert Service’s Cairn — with cleaning tools and wheelbarrow with weeds — at Robert Service Wayside Park May 17, 1975.
— image credit: courtesy Cowichan Valley Museum and Archive

Perusal of a front page story about the annual Island archery meet begged the question: “Do bowmen still dress in Sherwood green to shoot bows and arrows competitively?”

At the August tournament held in Parksville in August 1947, competitors and gallery alike basked in a “Robin Hood atmosphere of singing bows, whistling arrows and gay costumes,” reported the Leader. Chief organizers were Frank Ferries, Mrs. H. P. Swan and Hector Marsh of Cowichan Bowmen.

Proving to be the outstanding lady archer of the day with her win in the 120-yard clout shoot was Duncan’s Mrs. Hector Marsh. (Archers shoot arrows at a flag and score points depending on how close each arrow lands to the flag.). She captured the Koechlin Challenge Trophy with 121 points, seven higher than the nearest male entrant.

Cowichan’s Mr. Cas. Kopec was top in the men’s division of the clout shoot with 114 points; Mr. Marsh second with 101. Mr. Ferries topped the entries in the Columbia Road (72 arrows) with what was termed a spectacular 419 points. He won the Cowichan Challenge trophy Also competing were representatives of Victoria’s Maquinna Archers, and the Arrowsmith, Forbidden Plateau, Parksville and Youbou clubs.

1947: fishing

During the spring salmon run at Cowichan Bay, Mr. Clayton Wright jr.., and Mr. Bert Evans caught four fish weighing 16, 24, 22 and 16 lbs. Mrs. Frank Korolak caught her first spring weighing in at 27 lbs.

1947: liquor

Competition was keen among local developers to earn the one liquor licence available for a new hotel. Additional modern, up-to-date accommodation had been needed for a long time, said the Chamber of Commerce.

1947: parking

Installation of parking meters in the downtown business section of Duncan was underway sparking some resentment among both shop-owners and customers. Others said they would give the innovation a fair trial.

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