The Visalia Sportsmen's Association has the distinction of being the oldest group in the state of California, devoted to outdoor sports. The club was founded in the spring of 1893 and had as its first president, M.L. Weaver. Sub Johnson served as the first secretary of the newly created oranization. Those who formed the assocation were a Who's Who of Visalia's early pioneers: Ira Chrisman, Sr. L.C. Hyde, A. Crowley, A.R. Orr, W.E. Wild, C.T. Buckman, Sr., Tom Chatten, Abe Murray, Guy Gilmer, S.LN. Ellis, J.O. Thomas, Ben Maddox, P.M. Norboe, Dan Overall, Robert Rouse, Austin Grant and Clarence B. Little.
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