Charlie Church


{short description of image} 1985
Charlie Church started playing horseshoes about the mid 1930's. Charlie was born in 1903 in Cornwell, VT and passed away in 1986 in Burlington, VT. Charlie was married to Kay. They had 2 children, Charlie Jr. and Jeanne, plus 5 grandchildren.

Charlie would travel all over the state to play aand take part in tournaments. He seldom missed any of the horseshoe tournaments that were held in Brattleboro and Bennington, VT. Charlie and his wife were very good friends with Fred Butler and his wife Gladys of Bennington. Fred was a southern Vermont arch rival.

Charlie would play at the Ethan Allen Park in the old north part of Burlington, and to the South Burlington courts on Patchen Road that he helped to build. He was instrumental on laying out the courts. Charlie designed and built some of the score keeping devices at one time.

Charlie participated in many "Southern" and "Northern" tournaments. He was a Northern Vermont Champion at least once. Some of his achievements are listed here, but a lot of his history is lost. We have Charlie's Vermont States records for the years of 1971, 1973-1974. In 1973, Class C, with a record of 3 wins and 4 losses, averaging 28.0%. In 1973, Class C, with a 1 and 6 record, averaging 28.5%. he played in the New England Tournaments in the years of 1960, 1962-1963. In 1060, Class D; he finished in 6th place out of 12 people in his class, averaging a 47.2%. In 1962, Class C; finished in 8th place, with a 2 and 7 record, averaging 34.8%. His last New Englands was in 1963 in Class EE, averaging 32.9%.

Charlie was a great asset to the game of horseshoes, and to the Vermont Horseshoe Pitchers Association. He was a great organizer to his club in Burlington and willing to help out any time when there was a cry. Charlie was instrumental on helping the Sodbusters Horseshoe Club on starting up in 1966.

Charlie was the Secretary/Treasure for the Vermont Horseshoe Pitchers Association in the late 50's and early 60's.

Charlie was well known throughout Vermont as a player and orgamizer. The VT H.P.A. is very fortunate and proud to have Charlie Church inducted into the Vermont Hall of Fame as an Organizer.