The Mason Lions club met Tuesday, April 8th, for its regular weekly meeting. There were 34 members and one visitor in attendance.
Lion Charles Reichenau was responsible for the program and presented a program about Adolph 'Ad' Topperwein. He said Mr. Topperwein always loved shooting his single shot 22 caliber rifle his dad gave him when he was ten years old. His father died shortly after this. Ad shot so much that the rifle became an extension of his body.
He became a representative for Winchester Firearms because of his marksmanship. In 1908, he married Elizabeth who had never had a gun in her hands. Ad taught her to shoot and she joined him in putting on demonstrations of shooting. Elizabeth became 'Pinky' Topperwein and she and Ad became the world's greatest shooters.
One time, Ad shot 72, 500 two and one quarter inch blocks, thrown in the air, and only missed nine times. He used a 22 caliber Winchester automatic rifle and he shot 22 short cartridges. Ad died at 93 years old.
This was a very interesting program and Charlie showed two profiles he had obtained that Ad had shot, one of an Indian and one of Abe Lincoln.
The club’s next meeting will be held next Tuesday, April 15th, at noon at Willow Creek Cafe. The program chairman will be Pat Reardon.
The Mason Lion’s Club promotes sight conservation in our community. Anyone who has used eyeglasses to donate may give them to a Lions Club member or put them in collection boxes at the local banks. Also, if anyone needs financial assistance with eyeglasses, please speak to a local Lions Club member.