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FEATURE | RAILWAY

TROPHY WINNERS
1927

United States

7696

1928

Great Britain

N/S

1929

United States

7799

1930

United States

7807

1931

United States

7764

1932

Great Britain

N/S

1933

United States

7838

1934

United States

7861

1935

United States

7850

1936

Great Britain

7823

1937

United States

7796

1938

Great Britain

7857

1939

United States

7895*

1940

Withdrawn from
competition

2015

SFC Hank Gray, USA

2347-126X

2016

Justin Tracy

2327-101X

2017

SFC Eric Uptagrafft, USA

2362-140X

2018

SFC Eric Uptagrafft, USA

2367-142X**

2019

Nancy Tompkins

2345-120X

*Team Record **Individual Record
typesetter's whimsy, the participant's
railway next to his name in an abbreviated
format, i.e., Penn for Pennsylvania Railroad,
or N&W for the Norfolk and Western or FEC
for Florida East Coast Railway. Later on, the
employers were replaced by hometowns
and that was also dropped eventually.
The Railwaymen's Match was
enthusiastically supported and viewed as a
perfect feeder event for Dewar competition.
Ebert M. Farris, the match founder, again
both captained and shot in 1928. He was
assisted by veteran Dewar competitors Frank

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Kahrs, Ralph McGarity, James E. Miller and
National Champion Virgil Z. Canfield.
The match was shot early in the afternoon
before the Dewar Match, with Fabian J. Paffe
shooting a 395 to top the 20-person roster.
The match also served as a warmup as for
him as he next took to the line in the Dewar
and shot a 394. His efforts, however, were
not enough to lift the Railwaymen's score
above that of Great Britain.
The Railwaymen looked toward regaining
the Pennsylvania Railroad Trophy in 1929 and
set to the goal with a passion. Team Captain
Paffe was again wielding a rifle. He had Frank
Kahrs and J.C. Jensen as coaches, and they
served him well. The 20 men posted a match
record score of 7799 for the win. They would
soon have the pleasure of prying open the
wooden shipping crate when the trophy
arrived back on U.S. soil. In a poetic turn,
Paffe was high man on the team with a 399.
There were two historical firsts in the
International Railwaymen's Match of 1934.
Mrs. E.A. Holcomb followed in the footsteps
of Blanche Crossman, first woman named to
the Dewar Team, when she became the first
woman to earn a berth on the Railwaymen's
team. Her 395 was good for seventh place
on the team, putting her in a tie with her
husband. In 1935, she would post a 397 for
fifth place, two points behind her husband.
Their appearance also marked the first time
a husband and wife appeared together on
an international postal team match results
bulletin as competitors.
Gathering on the firing line on Sept. 2, 1939,
the team certainly was aware of heightened
tensons in Europe after Nazi Germany
invaded Poland the day before. But, with
London five hours ahead in time, they could


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