Our Heroes

Our Heroes

Owen Clifton “OC” Cash

Our Founder, the Apostle of Harmony

February 13, 1892–August 15, 1953

A man who symbolized an important phase of an era is gone. The era was the 1890s and 1900s into the first World War; the phase was informal harmony singing of popular music. That music is important today because it reveals musical customs of an earlier era while its lyrics carry much of the thought and many events of those more tranquil days. Also by that time informal harmony singing had evolved into a distinct American pattern that was basically the same wherever four or more men able or willing to carry four parts got together.

Owen Clifton Cash was molded by those times and by the life in the small towns in the Southwest where he spent his most impressionable years. Longing to restore the popular songs and singing customs of his youth and early manhood, songs and customs which were nearing the vanishing point in 1938, that year he headed a local movement in Tulsa to attempt to revive them. Within ten years he saw the results of that localized intent impressed indelibly across great cities as well as small towns of two nations in a different atomic age. The singing patterns were preserved along with the songs.

The Harmonizer of December, 1943 was dedicated to O. C. Cash by a foreword which said in part:

“Only rarely does America produce a son with the ability to open the nation’s eyes to what it has been missing in simple and wholesome pleasure that is easily attainable. Less often does such a one have the generosity to share his vision beyond his immediate environs; the conviction, courage, and tact to win others to his thinking; and the patience backed by driving force to attain an objective which holds no pot o’ gold reward . . . Cash has done more than spread wholesome enjoyment to the early 1940s; he has furnished the means to preserve a period rich in American traditions . . . It is conceivable that his Society may in the future be the connecting link between whatever generation is current, the one preceding it, and the one to follow, as oldsters and youngsters group in harmony”.


Fifteen years and an International status, as compared with the ambitious “national” hopes in 1943, have brought thousands of members into the Society to whom Cash is merely an honored name. Widespread retelling of the events leading to the formation of SPEBSQSA and its early struggles inevitably results in misinformation and some inaccuracies. The Society is fortunate that the march of events of those days is recorded in “Keep America Singing”, the book which covers highlights of the first 10 years, and that every word was approved by Owen Cash with a brief “That’s how it was” notation.

Past President Hal Staab (also deceased) led the drive to get those early years of the Society down on paper as the participants had lived them.

The Man


The book of the Society’s ten years does not include biographical facts about the founder, therefore, it is well to set down salient ones concerning the man and his early environment as well as some of his interests apart from the now famous harmony avocation.

When Owen was about age six his Baptist-minister father took the family from northern Missouri, where the boy had been born February 13, 1892, near the tiny hamlet of Keytesville in Chariton County, on a wagon trek over the dirt roads and trails to the Southwest. After a trip comparable with crossing Africa by motor car today they arrived in Catale in the Coo-Wee-Scoo-Wee District, Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory, to become a part of Oklahoma later. They set up housekeeping in a log house rented from an old Cherokee. Subsequently they lived in Vinita and in Blue Jacket where young Cash played in the Silver Cornet Band and began to get the feeling of baritone harmony. He graduated from Bacone College, Bacone, Okla. and was admitted to the Bar in that state in June, 1916. Next year he enrolled in the U. S. Army but was still waiting to go overseas when the First World War ended in 1919. Two years later he joined a subsidiary of the Standard Oil Company of Indiana as assistant tax commissioner, and in 1930 became tax commissioner of Stanolind, a Standard Oil pipe line subsidiary.

His profession as a tax lawyer led naturally into activities in the National Tax Association, the Oil Industries Information Committee, and the Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association, while his public service duties included work in the Tulsa Chamber of Commerce and the Oklahoma Public Expenditures Council. More personally his affiliations included the Presbyterian Church, the Sons of the American Revolution, and the Tulsa Farm Club. The Cash ranch near Talala, Okla. is today a well run producing farm property. The owner’s weekend home is replete with mementos, photographs, sketches, and souvenirs of 15 years in SPEBSQSA.

The background, the activities, and accomplishments just outlined give a picture of a man who attained much comfort and strength through his sense of material order, intellectual order, and moral order. He was a prudent man.

His wife Corinne, his daughter Betty Anne (Mrs. Eugene A. Oathout), and his sister, Miss Idress Cash who took the long rough trail with small Owen to the Cherokee Nation so long ago are justifiably proud of the one who earned the title of Good Citizen before the outside world knew him as the “Apostle of Harmony”.

Owen Cash’s prudence was something that friends and associates took for granted. In consequence in countless places he will be remembered more for his humanness and his sense of humor. At its finest that Cash humor is preserved in the name of our Society and in the title with which he endowed himself. The invitation to the original meeting at the Tulsa Club, April 11, 1938, was signed by Rupert I. Hall, “Royal Keeper of the Minor Keys” and by O. C. Cash, “Third Assistant Temporary Vice Chairman” of “The Society for Preservation and Propagation of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in the United States”. Shortly after, Propagation was changed to Encouragement and he took in all of America. Still later he headed his own title with “Founder and Permanent . . .”. The combination of the grandiose applied to such a hobby and the obvious tongue-in-cheek dig at the spreading alphabetical agencies of the New Deal smacks of Mark Twain with overtones of Will Rogers, all three of them sons of the mid-states.

During the Society’s first year he announced intentions to petition WPA (an emergency agency) for $9,999,999.99 to survey the male vocal range, nationwide. Before the first Convention-Contest in Tulsa, June 1939, he solemnly informed news reporters that Herbert Hoover, Alfred Landon, “Al” Smith, and James Farley, top names in the news of the day, would be “invited to Tulsa” to sing in a quartet.

At New Year, 1942, many Society members received a certificate from Cash raising them to the status of “Ex-Okies” since they had “harmonized successfully . . . with the famous Okie Four—World’s foremost exponents of barbershop harmony” with which quartet he sang an enthusiastic baritone.

His humor was gentle, frequently keyed to some element of self-depreciation, hardly every conceived in terms which might embarrass anyone or make the butt of the humor uncomfortable. These excerpts from The Founder’s Column in the Harmonizer are typical: After the Grand Rapids Convention-Contest, 1942, the Column carried the complaint that the judges were “deef”. “The Okies sang in the first preliminary and from all unbiased reports went over big with the audience, but just to show you how incompetent and prejudiced the judges were, one of them came rushing over and said the Okies have the honor of being the first quartet eliminated. I can’t understand it, until I found out one was a lantern maker (past pres. Embury). The continual hammering and picking away on them tin lanterns has made him deef as a board. Then there was Reagan who was an electrician by trade (Maurice Reagan is a great authority on electronics).”

Writing of a get-together in Detroit, “Huck Sinclair and me was setting around, listening to all them sweet chords and wiping our eyes and Huck said between sniffles ‘Cash, I never knowed I had so many friends or could sing so good'”.

He wrote to an out-of-town banker who had inquired about membership in the Society, “There is nothing that so quickly and effectively restores the respectability of a banker as joining up with SPEBSQSA. Because of the warm hearts and generous souls of our club the rules have been amended to allow bankers to join . . .”

In 1945 commenting upon the Sweet Adeline organization Cash said in part: “It is a shame this had to come up just when we were getting along so peacefully. I am bewildered, confused, and all messed up besides . . . hoping you are the same”.

Some of his early columns were treasures of Americana. The May 1945 Harmonizer narrates in detail how they left Missouri and landed in the Cherokee Nation, the need for schooling for the children and how his preacher-father picked out a tramp who had been kicked off a Frisco freight train and got him to teach school (where he did a perfect job of moral as well as formal education of the little pupils) until the U. S. Marshal walked into the school house one day, “Pearl handled six shooters dangling from his wide cartridge belt” and took the teacher away to finish his penitentiary sentence back East. It is Cash narration at its best, bright-hued with local coloring and brimming over with smiles.

Owen Cash and the Society 1953


What was Cash’s attitude toward the way the Society was handled after he turned the reins over to succeeding Boards and administrators, and based upon the actions of those administrators, what did he think of the organization’s future?

He followed with keen interest the many intricate phases of expansion throughout Canada as well as the States. In general he had nothing but praise for the administration of the international organization, the districts, and the chapters, though in the late ’40s he expressed some concern over the possibility that the influx of younger members, reared in a different school of harmony (“and life”), might “wean the Society away from barbershop”, particularly because of the intense competition in contests “where they’ve got to throw the book at the judges”.

He said: “It that were ever to occur, the Society might not last long because it would dump overboard the very thing that made it”, and has kept it unique and apart from other singing organizations, meaning its distinctive style of harmony with an appeal to all sorts, degrees, and ages of music appreciation.

But in 1953 he said he had ceased to worry “too much” on that point which would reduce SPEBSQSA to the level of comparison with other musical groups, professional and amateur. “We’ve got some good heads; they won’t let the Society drop what we stand for”. He listened to the plans of the Committee on Long Range Planning as expressed at the first meeting of the House of Delegates in Detroit, June, 1953, when Dean Snyder, Committee chairman, said to the House in part: “‘The old order passeth, giving way to the new’ . . . It is evidence both of our vigor and our maturity that we could make this significant change so smoothly . . .” He cited the many activities now possible to give outlets for the energy and interests of every member, including opportunities for craftsmanship in the technically musical phases of barbershop harmony. In closing he quoted Alfred Noyes: “‘If I looked farther ahead, it was because I stood on giant shoulders’. Here in the presence of our founder, our past presidents, and other ‘statesmen’ of our Society, these words have special significance”.

Afterward, when asked what he thought of the plans for the future, the founder said: “They’re sound; we’ll keep on having good leaders”; this from one who in earlier years had felt, with many other seniors, that note singing was beneath the contempt of a “true barbershopper”, but who now endorsed the technicalities of music as one of the things helpful to the Society’s advancement thus far, and necessary for the future.

The man who symbolized an important phase of an era is gone. But for his particular fitness to be the nucleus in the Society’s tentative stage of development, that phase of the 1890s and 1900s might not have been projected into this age to give untold pleasure to participants and those who love to hear harmony. Fifteen years of the Society constitute a proving period of sufficient time under varied conditions in urban and rural areas to demonstrate that popular songs sung in the traditional barbershop pattern are still important in the atomic age.

The man who was the symbol of the preservation and encouragement of such singing had faith that its traditions will be passed along by a generation twice removed from his own, though just as actively interested and even more proficient within this Society. “They won’t let the Society drop what we stand for” he said.

Deac Martin

The Harmonizer, September, 1953

 

Video Tributes

Buzz Haeger Tribute

This is a special tribute to the late, great tenor and arranger BUZZ HAEGER – Four Renegades 1965 International Quartet Champs of the Barbershop Harmony Society. This was made for the Illinois District April 2008 – Thanks to Bill Ward and Christopher Baker for the help with this. All but two songs used are The Four Renegades, all but one is a Buzz arrangement. RIP, dear friend.

A Salute to our Gold Medal Champs

A collecton of All 69 Barbershop Harmony Society Quartet Champions set to “That Old Quartet of Mine” Bartlesville Barflies to OC Times. Produced by Grady Kerr / Barbershop Harmony Historian

1960, Evans Quartet 50th

A salute to the 1960 International Quartet Champion Quartet, The Evans Quartet. This video payed during the 2010 BHS convention in Philadelphia.

1959, Four Pitchikers 50th

This video played on the big screens during the special salute to our 50th anniversary quartet champions in during the July 2009 International Barbershop Harmony Society Convention in Anaheim, California.

1958, Gaynotes 50th

This video played on the big screens during the special salute to our 50th anniversary quartet champions in during the July 2008 International Barbershop Harmony Society Convention in Nashville, Tennessee. Written and produced by Grady Kerr and edited by Joel & John Miller.

1957, Lads of Enchantment 50th

This was first seen at the 2007 Denver International Barbershop Harmony Convention on the anniversary of the 1957 Quartet Champs. Narration by Christopher Baker and Produced by Grady Kerr

1956, Confederates 50th

A tribute to the 1956 International Quartet Champions of the Barbershop Harmony Society by Grady Kerr. First seen July 2006.

1955, Four Hearsemen 50th

A tribute to the 1955 International Quartet Champions of the Barbershop Harmony Society. First seen during the Salt Lake City Convention in 2005. Written and produced by Grady Kerr.

1983, Side Street Ramblers Tribute

This video salute of The Side Street Ramblers, our 25th anniversary quartet (1983), was shown on the big screens during the July 2008 International Barbershop Harmony Convention in Nashville, Tennessee. Written and produced by Grady Kerr and edited by Joel & John Miller.

 

Society Hall of Fame Members

The Barbershop Harmony Society Hall of Fame was established by action of the Society Board of Directors as a means of bestowing Society recognition and honor to members and quartets — living or dead — for exceptional contributions made that have enhanced the life blood of the barbershop experience for the Society. Honorees are selected by a majority vote of a five-man committee, each committeeman serving a five year term; terms are staggered so that each year the current Society president selects the chairman and the replacement for the retiring member.

Any living or deceased Society member, Society staff member, or quartet, with the exception of the current Society President and/or any current Hall of Fame committee member, is eligible for nomination. Quartet nominations are considered to be for the quartet as an entity and not as individuals. Honorees are selected by a majority vote of the committee, and there is no maximum or minimum limit on the number of inductees in a given year.

The award criteria used by the committee fall into general categories of music and administration/leadership. In music, judging, arranging, composing, chorus directing, coaching and singing are important. In administration/leadership, service as an officer, advisor, and in planning, writing or editing are considered.

2016

John Douglas Miller

Perhaps there is no one who has given so much of himself to the art form of barbershop as John Miller. Not only has he lent his heart to excellent performance, but his devotion to advancing the mission and spreading the spirit of barbershop harmony is evident in every aspect of his life.

An undeniable talent, John won two quartet gold medals singing bass: with Grandma’s Boys in 1979 and with The New Tradition in 1985. Particularly notable was his comedic role as Groucho in the Marx Brothers set in the 1985 finals. The performance was unforgettable to the audience, and it added a new dimension to quartet comedy on the contest stage.

However, John’s leadership and selflessness are really the hallmarks of his lifelong dedication to the Barbershop Harmony Society. He has not only served on the Society Board and led a number of committees over the years, but he has used his influence as a national media executive to gain unprecedented exposure for the experience of barbershop. Placements on the Comcast Channel and The Today Show piped harmony into the homes of millions and raised awareness of the joy of singing.

Along with wife Sharon, John transformed his simple hobby into a family activity. Two of their sons have performed in medalist choruses and have made careers of the arts. Together, the Millers have become lead donors and active advocates for the Harmony Foundation with sponsorships, leadership positions and innovative funding efforts.

49 years as a Society member. 45 conventions. A life of singing, sharing, shaping and encouraging. The Barbershop Harmony Society is honored to include John Miller in its Hall of Fame.

 

The Four Renegades

The Four Renegades quartet, International Champions of 1965, consisted of Warren “Buzz” Haeger, tenor, Ben Williams, lead, Jim Foley, baritone, and Tom Felgen, bass. The quartet was organized late in 1956 and placed 10th at their first International Contest in 1957. They continued to fare well with their original lead, Joe Sullivan, through a third place finish in 1962 and a fourth place finish in 1963, after which Joe stepped down and Ben came on board for a second place finish in 1964. The Four Renegades won the gold in Boston the following year.

They proved to be one of the most popular champions of all time as they entertained throughout the barbershop world with wonderful tunes such as “Mr. Bassman” and “They Were All Out of Step But Jim”. Barbershoppers still sing the tag they made famous: Last Night Was the End of the World. Jim Foley had the audience in stitches with stories about his wife’s cooking. But in addition to great humor, they could tug on the heart strings with such tunes as “The Boy I Used to Be” and “Lost in the Stars”. They recorded two albums which became classics. They left a lasting legacy of songs still sung today. They were truly among the greatest of BHS quartet champions.

We are proud to honor The Four Renegades by inducting them into the Barbershop Harmony Society’s Hall of Fame.

2015

Dealer’s Choice

Tenor: Al Kvanli, Lead: Bill Thornton, Bass: Gary Parker, Bari: Brian Beck

The Dealer’s Choice, from Dallas, came together as the foursome consisting of tenor Al Kvanli, lead Bill Thornton, baritone Brian Beck and bass Gary Parker when Brian joined the other three in early 1972.In August of that year, they had a life-changing experience at Harmony College, then held in Racine, Wisconsin, where they came under the influence of coaches Mac Huff and Don Clause. Huff introduced them to his innovative approach to vowel matching and vowel migration and used the quartet as a “guinea pig” for these then-novel techniques.The quartet adopted his approach, invited Clause to be their coach and won the international contest the next year, 1973, in Portland – becoming the first quartet to win the gold at their first international contest since the Four Teens of 1952.

2014

Morris Franklin “Mo” Rector* Composer, arranger, coach, chorus director, teacher, and double gold medalist with 1958 International Champion The Gaynotes, and 1969 Champion Mark IV.
Boston Common 1980 International Champion, Kent Martin, Rich Knapp, Larry Tully and Terry Clarke.
139th Street Quartet Multiple-Medalists and founders of the College Quartet Contest. John Sherburn, Doug Anderson, Jim Kline, and Pete Neushul. Also recognized are former Leads Jim Meehan, Larry Wright, and Dan Jordan.

2013

Greg Backwell Prolific arranger, designer, entertainer, coach, chorus director, and tenor of The Nighthawks, four-time medalist quartet.
Dr. Greg Lyne Musician, director, educator, coach, arranger, and judge. Former Society staff member, and directed two choruses to four gold medals, West Towns Chorus and Masters of Harmony.
Charles David “Bub” Thomas* Professional cartoonist, baker, comedian, nightclub entertainer, actor, ventriloquist, dancer, singer, and emcee.

 

2012

The Bluegrass Student Union 1978 International Champion, Allen Hatton, Ken Hatton, Dan Burgess, and Rick Staab.
Jay Giallombardo Musician, arranger, composer, director, educator, coach, and judge. Member of Grandma’s Boys, 1979 International Champion.
Rudy Hart* (1914-2005) Composer, arranger, pianist, vocal coach, chorus director, and teacher. Served in WW2 entertaining troops.
Lou Laurel* First man to direct two different choruses to gold medals, El Paso and Phoenix.
Dr. Drayton Justus Lead in Gentlemen’s Agreement, 1971 International Champion. Society president 2006.

2011

Earl Moon*
Jerry Orloff*

2010

Willis Diekema*
Darryl Flinn
Mac Huff*
Lyle Pilcher*
Mid-States Four

 

2009

Gene Cokeroft*
Hugh Ingraham*
Roger Lewis
Richard Mathey
Jim Richards*
Burt Szabo

 

2008

The Gas House Gang
George L. Shields
Dan Waselchuk*
David Wright

2007

Larry Ajer*
The Confederates Quartet
Joe Liles
Lloyd Steinkamp*

2006

Don Amos*
S. K. Grundy*
Warren “Buzz” Haeger*
Walter Latzko*
Marty Mendro*
Lou Perry*

 

Hal Staab*

 

2005

Jim Clancy
Joe Stern*
Dave Stevens*
Dr. Robert D. Johnson*
Jim Miller*
The Suntones Quartet

 

Ed Waesche*

2004

Carroll Adams*
Dr. Harold “Bud” Arburg
The Buffalo Bills Quartet
O. C. Cash*
Floyd Connett*
Phil Embury*
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Rupert Hall*
Val Hicks*
Freddie King*
C.T. “Deac” Martin*
Geoffrey O’Hara*
Maurice “Molly” Regan*

 

Dean Atlee Snyder*
Dr. Sigmund Spaeth*
Wilbur Sparks*
Frank Thorne*

 

Celebrities in Barbershop



Through the years, more than 250,000 men have been accepted for membership in our Society, from all walks of life. Some of these men have been “celebrities” and well known public figures in the fields of politics, sports and entertainment.



While most of these men have been card carrying members, some have been associated with the Society as celebrity supporters.



Some have been named as Honorary Members* of the Barbershop Harmony Society.





John Ashcroft (1942 – present) Senator (R-MO) Attorney General / The Singing Senators

Art Baker (1898 – 1966) Radio and television personality, actor

Ned Beatty (1937 – present) Academy Award nominated Actor / Network

Irving Berlin (1888 – 1989) * Composer of “God Bless America”, “White Christmas”

Victor Borge (1909 – 2000)* Pianist, comedian

The Buffalo Bills – Famous quartet from The Music Man on Broadway and film, 1950 international quartet champion

Bobby Bragan (1917 – 2010) Professional baseball player/manager/Phillies/Braves

Greg Buttle (1954 – present) Professional football player – NY Jets, Linebacker

Mike Conaway (1948 – present) U.S. Congressman (R-TX) The Singing Senators

Bing Crosby (1903 – 1977) Singer, actor, Barbershop Harmony Society board member

Bob Flanigan (1926 – present)* Member, The Four Freshmen

William Frawley (1887 – 1966) Song & Dance man / Actor – I Love Lucy (Fred Mertz)

Bill Gaither (1936 – present)* Gospel Singer / Producer / Grammy and Dove award winner

Arthur Godfrey* (1903 – 1983) Radio and television personality

James Gregory (1911 – 2002) Actor – TV & Film – Captain Luger on Barney Miller

Ferde Grofé (1892 – 1972) Composer of classical music; “Grand Canyon Suite”

Bill Hanna (1910 – 2001)* Creator of The Flintstones, many other television cartoon series

Lynn Hauldren (1922 – 2011) TV / Empire Carpet pitchman

Tom Henrich (1913 – 2009) Professional baseball player Yankees RF

Burl Ives (1909 – 1995) Folk singer, actor, Oscar winner

Jim Jeffords (1934 – present) Senator (R/I – VT) The Singing Senators

Jim Jordan (1896 – 1988) Star of “Fibber McGee and Molly” radio series

The King’s Men – Professional quartet, regulars on “Fibber McGee and Molly”

Bob Lally (1934 – present) TV director, The Jeffersons / Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman

Chester Lauck (1902 – 1980) Lum of “Lum ‘n’ Abner” radio series

Gordon Lightfoot (1938 – present)* Pop singer, composer “If You Could Read my Mind, Love”, “Sundown”, “Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald”

Trent Lott (1941 – present) Senator (D-MS) / The Singing Senators

Groucho Marx (1890 – 1977) Actor, comedian, host of “You Bet Your Life”

James Melton (1904 – 1961) Opera singer

George Mikan Jr. (1924 – 2005) NBA superstar – Minneapolis Lakers (6′ 10″)

Miles Middough (1922-2009) Production manager Little House on the Prairie

Mitch Miller (1911 – 2010)* Orchestra leader, host “Sing Along with Mitch” TV show

Sherrill Milnes (1935 – present)* Opera singer

John Miller (1950 – present) Executive vice-president, NBC television network

Burt Mustin (1884 – 1977) Actor – television and film

Pat O’Brien (1899-1983) Actor Angels with Dirty Faces / Ragtime

The Osmond Brothers* Preteen quartet, later pop music stars

Jerold Ottley (1934 – present)* Former music director Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Jim Pike (1938 – present)* Member, The Lettermen

Gene Puerling (1929 – 2008)* Singer and Arranger / The Hi-Los and Singers Unlimited

Mike Rowe (1962 – present) Dirty Jobs TV show / Spokesman Ford Motors

William Sessions (1930 – present) Director, Federal Bureau of Investigations

Micah Sloat (1981 – present) Actor – lead role, Paranormal Activity 1 & 2

Alfred E. Smith (1873 – 1944) Governor of New York

Sigmund Spaeth (1885 – 1965) Music critic, “The Tune Detective”

The Sportsmen – Professional quartet, regulars on Jack Benny radio series

Harry S. Truman (1884 – 1972) 33rd President of the United States

Dick Van Dyke (1925 – present)* Television and film actor, singer

Fred Waring (1900 – 1984)* Choral conductor, leader of the Pennsylvanians

Rudy Wissler (1928-2007) Actor / Singing voice of Scotty Beckett in The Jolson Story

Meredith Willson (1902 – 1984)* Author and composer of The Music Man

 

Dave LaBar Emcee Award

The Dave LaBar Emcee award, named for one of our departed Society giants, honors an individual who embodies greatness in the “Art of the Emcee.” The Dave LaBar Emcee award is awarded to an individual who:

  • Has achieved outstanding success at the chapter, district, and international levels as an emcee.
  • Understands how to communicate with the audience as both a presenter and an entertainer when appropriate.
  • Has always used material that is suitable for barbershop audiences of all ages.
  • Is always prepared and is very comfortable when addressing the audience by developing an excellent rapport.

Past Recipients Include

Bob Cearnal 2015

Dan Henry Bowser, Lloyd Steinkamp (posthumously)  2014

Mike Maino 2013

Judd Orff 2012

Ev Nau 2011

Keith Hopkins 2010

J. Carl Hancuff 2009

Doran McTaggart 2008

Terry Aramian 2007

 

Past Society Presidents

Rupert Hall, 1939

Norm Rathert, 1940 

Carroll Adams, 1941 

Hal Staab, 1942 – 1943 

Phil Embury, 1944 -1945 

Frank Thorne, 1946 

Charlie Merrill, 1947 

O.H. “King” Cole, 1948 – 1949 

Jerry Beeler, 1950 

Jim Knipe, 1951 

Ed Smith, 1952 

Johnny Means, 1953 

Berney Simner, 1954 

Arthur Merrill, 1955

Rowland Davis, 1956

Joe Lewis, 1957 – 1958 

Clarence Jalving, 1959 – 1960 

John Cullen, 1961 

Lou Laurel, 1962

S. Wayne Foor, 1963

Dan Waselchuck, 1964

Albert L. Smith, 1965

Reedie Wright, 1966

James Steedman, 1967

Wesley Meier, 1968

Bob Gall, 1969

Wilbur Sparks, 1970

Ralph Ribble, 1971

Richard DeMontmollin, 1972

Charles Abernathy, 1973

Leon Avakian, 1974

Richard Ellenberger, 1975

Plummer Collins, 1976

Sam Aramian, 1977

Roger Thomas, 1978

Ernie Hills, 1979

Les Hesketh, 1980

Burt Huish, 1981

Merritt Auman, 1982

Hank Vomacka, 1983

John Gillespie, 1984

Gil Lefholz, 1985-1986

Bill Parks, 1986

Darryl Flinn, 1987

Jim Warner, 1988

Jim Richards, 1989

Charlie McCann, 1990

Bob Cearnal, 1991

Terry Aramian, 1992

Ernie Nickoson, 1993-1994

Dick Shaw, 1995

Tim Hanrahan, 1996-1997

Ed Waesche, 1998-1999

Chuck Watson, 2000-2001

Roger Lewis, 2002-2003

Rob Hopkins, 2004-2005

Drayton Justus, 2006

Noah Funderburg, 2007-2008

Bill Biffle, 2009-2010

Alan Lamson, 2011-2012

Shannon Elswick, 2013-2014

Don Fuson, 2015-2016

 

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