Club History

Florida Frontiersmen History 101

It is nice to take timLeeBetze to reflect back on our clubs rich history and to pass some of it along to our new members

 Some Quick Facts

The Frontiersmen started shooting in March of 1972 on a field between the two police ranges in St. Petersburg.

They shot in Pinellas County until July of 1984, and only shot on Sundays

The first Alafia River Rendezvous that the Florida Frontiersmen sponsored was in 1985 and was also an Indian Powwow! It was called the, “The First Alafia River Rendezvous and Powwow.” The event attracted 172 total camps.

The Florida Frontiersmen shot at the FOP Range outside of Brandon in 1984.

The Florida Frontiersmen had a 400 yard range at their Peace Rive Range and sponsored an event called the “1885 Buffalo Shoot” It was a black powder cartridge shoot and was held quarterly.

The name Florida Frontiersmen was thought up by a woman! Joanne Markey suggested the name of the new club,” The Florida Frontiersmen Muzzle Loading Club of St. Petersburg,” in 1972. – This information provided by Ron Clark

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Just reading the street signs on our property is a club history lesson. Most streets are named for club members that have passed from this life. Nelson Aurich, Charlie Knight, and Poppa Joe just to name a few. Some are named for faithful Alafia Ranger Horses. Chester, Fancy and Kelso. Mitchel’s Crossing was named for Mitch Mitchel a devoted club member that has passed. We are surrounded by club history and traditions.

You may have noticed during the meeting when we are having a vote on something you will almost always hear a fellow Frontiersmen add “Nay ,for Frances”. Frances was a club member that always voted no on everything. Sometimes even on his own motion!

We love tradition at the Florida Frontiersmen and we do love history!

The History of Our Property

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Executive Board Outside The Law Offices

On January 19, 2001, at 2:00 p.m., the executive board members met in a Lakeland, law office to sign the papers on 322.9 acres of land!

President: Roger Arrowood; First Vice President: Randy Thomas; Second Vice President: Mac Davis; Secretary: Bev. McIntyre; Treasurer: Greg Fulbright

The Board is all smiles...its a happy day for us all!

The Board is all smiles…its a happy day for us all!

Secretary: Bev. McIntyre and President: Roger Arrowood sign the papers.

Secretary: Bev. McIntyre sign the papers.

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Secretary: Bev. McIntyre and President: Roger Arrowood sign the papers.

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An aerial of our original property.

We celebrated with a Cook Out and a special ribbon cutting ceremony.

We celebrated with a Cook Out and a special ribbon cutting ceremony.

September 1st 2001 we opened our New Range

September 1st 2001 we opened our New Range

Special Thanks To Gregg Fulbright!!
Greg spent many months working with Banks, Attorneys, the Land Owner, Polk Co. Building/Planning Committee, Polk County Board of County Commissioners, etc. He took many days off from work and dedicated his time so we, “The Florida Frontiersmen” could own a piece of land. Also our “thanks” to Glynda for supporting Greg in all his hard work!

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Thank You, Glynda!

As a special thank you the Club presented Greg with a gun made just for him by Barry Bohnet.

Greg took the first shot on the Lee Betts Memorial Range!

Greg took the first shot on the Lee Betts Memorial Range!

A HISTORY OF THE FLORIDA FRONTIERSMEN by Lee Betz

FLORIDA FRONTIERSMEN HISTORY SEMINAR by Ron Clark

Charley Knight Connection by Ron Clark

This is a copy from the old web site. Just as it appeared when it was first placed on the web site in 2001. We now all add a “Thank You” to all who helped build the range. Men like, Max Davis who ran the heavy machines that built our range burms. Thank you to all who worked to make our dream of owning and shooting on our own range on our own property. With hard work dreams do really come true.*

 

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