Burbank Muzzleloaders May Newsletter
Friends and fellow club members, this is a newsletter that I do NOT enjoy writing. On Sunday afternoon May 4th, I received a call from Steve Andress that his father, our good friend, and fellow club member Tom Andress, had passed away on Saturday, May 3rd, at the age of 86, in Newberg Oregon, after dealing with a series of illnesses for more than a year. He had moved to Oregon last August to live with his brother David, because of health issues.
Tom was our oldest member, having joined the club back in the early sixties. A more honest and gentle man there will never be. He attended ALL the matches, and ALL the work parties, until he was physically unable to. He was always decent and pleasant with everyone, and he never used foul language. I did hear him say S**T once, but only after accidentally slicing his thumb to the bone with a patch knife. He was always willing to speak with anyone about a solution to a problem they might be having with their gun.
He was our “resident gunsmith”, taking in work that not many others had the skills to do. There are not many of us who haven’t enjoyed the benefits of his expert machining and gun-smithing skills, at more often than not, ridiculously low rates.
His interest in, and knowledge of early flint and percussion firearms was un-paralleled by any of the people that knew him. Tom Andress was a good man, an asset to our club, and he set an example that we ALL would do WELL to strive for. He will be sorely missed.
We held our annual Richard Kane/ Will Johnson “musket” match on May 11th. Eight members were in attendance. Targets were shot at 100, 50, and 25 yards.
Sam Baseman, Tom Trevor, and Lee Bowman took 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.
Next months match will be silhouettes, held on June 8th. Hope to see you all there.
Until next time, see you at the range. John C.
Burbank Muzzleloaders, the place to shoot.