CHARLES F. HILL, JR
Charles F. Hill, Jr.
Six-time New Jersey ATA champion Charles F. Hill Jr. was born, May 23, 1910, on a farm in Delair, New Jersey.
As was usually the case all the boys helped with the farm chores and every year after the slaughter of the pigs, they invited their family and friends to a wonderful barbeque feast, afterwards doing a little clay target shooting.
It was from these affairs and the occasional trapshooting of his
father that got him interested in shooting.
Charlie first started shooting at local clubs eventually joining the ATA at the Camden PR & R Gun Club, in Camden County, registering his first targets in 1939.
For many years he
competed in most of the state shoots on the East Coast as well as the Florida Chain shoots, winning many trophies over his
50+ year shooting span.
captured the 25-bird handicap championship at the Roxborough Club Shoot in 1944 shooting from the 24-yard line.
tied for high gun honors with such greats as Walter Beaver and Steve Crothers.
competed in his
first state shoot in 1940, shooting in Class C and handicapped at
the 19-yard mark.
steadily progressed and by 1944 the "Big Guns" already knew of
At the 1945 New Jersey State Shoot, Charlie
was shooting at the top of his
game capturing the State Handicap Championship after a shoot-off with W. Holmes of
In 1948, Charlie
won the New Jersey State Singles Championship breaking 198 over the
traps of the Pennybridge Farm Gun club
in Port Monmouth.
State Secretary Walter Johnson reported that "Hill shot one of the greatest races ever recorded in the history of this event", as he twice broke 99 jumpy, wind-swept targets.
was an avid live-bird shooter who competed in many Flyer Championships.
was the third place winner in 1944, the year Mort Haines Jr. won the championship.
On November 13, 1949 he
won the New Jersey Flyer Championship at Chalfont, Pa. after defeating his
friend Paul Holloway in the miss and out shoot-off.
won the N.J. Southern Zone handicap championship held at Camden P.R.R. Gun Club
after a shoot-off with his
old friend Harry Bullock.
was one of the top-flight shots of New Jersey and won the Southern Zone crown several times.
also shot as a member of the southern team when the Zone Team Race between the North and South was a feature at state shoots.
was crowned state singles champ again in 1950, defeating the field during a raining
morning and very windy afternoon with scores of 99 and 97.
Charlie 's love for trapshooting was evident not only by all the many friends he
the years, but he
was one of the first shooters known to own a movie camera and often
filmed tournaments, always zooming in on "Old Glory.
The circa 1959 State Shoot held in Asbury Park, NJ was donated to the New Jersey Trapshooting Hall of Fame
, in the memory of Mr. Hill
, by wife Catherine.
was known to help several of his
owned a trucking business and used his
trucks to pick up targets at the railroad siding and delivered them to the Pine Belt SC.
was very active in the affairs of the Pine Belt SC, often using his
heavy equipment and work crews to improve the shooting grounds.
was always generous with his
and Catherine often volunteering their services.
Catherine (Sissy to her
friends) still remembers helping clear saplings and feeling the falling force of one dropped on her
head by Charlie
Sissy also ran the practice traps for many years.
Charlie was a Trustee of the NJSTA in 1950 and was a Director for several years in the 1970's.
He also served on the State Shoot Handicap Committee in 1971.
In 1974 Director Hill was elected Alternate Delegate.
On June 7, 1975 he
one hundred thousandth (100,000th) singles target.
In 1976 he
retired to South Carolina.
and Sissy still made the annual trek back to New Jersey in their Airstream trailer before the State Shoot
and stayed at the club to help get the grounds ready.
This also gave them the chance to visit with old friends.
younger days, Charlie
loved hunting quail and small game.
later years, after
retiring to Lake Marion, he
enjoyed taking friends on his
boat for fishing excursions.
He was a life member of Pine Valley and Pine Belt Gun Clubs and maintained membership and shot regularly at many others.
Charlie became a life member in the ATA in 1939.
He was a member of the Atlantic Indians.
wouldn't miss the opportunity to compete at the Grand American and attended this tournament for 25 years.
left a lasting impression to all who knew him and was truly admired by all his
Sissy remembers Winchester Rep Charles Hood driving up to Pine Belt
from Virginia to present Charlie
with a plaque for his
100,000th registered singles.
Proof of admiration for Mr. Hill
was exemplified when the Winchester Rep drove back to
Virginia and returned to Indian Mills to make his
presentation that same day.
fired at his
last targets in 1993 before a stroke ended his
The ATA life member had registered a total of 108, 880 singles, 55,675 handicap and 42,262 doubles targets.
Mr. Charles F. Hill, Jr.
, one of New Jersey's great shots from the past, left for the Great Hunting Grounds, January 10, 2002, at the age of 92.