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Ben Pearson

1898- 1971

 

Class of 1972
 Bowhunter, Competitor, Contributor and Influence on the Sport

 

"Father of Modern Archery"

In addition to being a master hunter and tireless crusader for archery, Ben Pearson was an accomplished industrialist and inventor. Ben was born in the hill country west of Little Rock, Arkansas. He received little formal education. Despite this, he soon showed skill for intricate work with his hands. This skill would serve him well, and benefit others worldwide in later years.
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A deep-thinking visionary, Ben became interested in archery in 1925, after reading an article in a Boy Scout magazine describing how to make bows and tackle. Ben moved to Pine Bluff,   in 1927, and was soon building bows and crafting arrows part-time in a backyard workshop. In 1931, with vision and belief, he hired several part-time helpers. In spite of the fact that the country was still in the Great Depression of 1929, sales continued to increase.

Ben's dream really gained momentum in 1938, when Carl Haun, an Oklahoma oilman, visited Ben, wanting to buy arrows for his own grandson. Haun was so impressed with what Ben was doing that he offered to give him financial backing and on March 19, 1938, Ben Pearson Incorporated was formed and began commercial operations in an old sorghum mill in Pine Bluff
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Soon, Ben's inventive genius blossomed. He designed and built much of the machinery enabling the first mass production of bows, arrows and related tackle. (Due to this new revolution in manufacturing, the price of a quality Archery product fell into the reach of all with an interest in Archery.) By 1943, Ben Pearson Co. employed 365. This number grew to 800 to 1,000 by the mid-1960s, with plant facilities covering over 15 acres in Pine Bluff and manufacturing facilities in Canada.

Many believe he was the father of modern archery. It's even been said, "What Henry Ford did for mass producing the automobile, Ben Pearson did for mass producing of archery equipment."

There can be no dispute that Ben Pearson commanded the largest facility, production and numbers of employees and representatives than did any other Archery manufacturer for the better part of three decades. 

His promotion of Archery through sponsorship programs, tournaments, instructive Archery films, bow hunting films, personal Archery demonstrations, sponsored demonstrations of representatives, grand international bow hunts, cooperative sponsorship efforts with the Professional Archers Association, Archery Manufacturers Organization, National Field Archers Association, and efforts with Archery clubs and associations might also have been a consideration when he was awarded the Compton Medal of Honor and subsequently inducted in 1972 (the year of inception) into The Archery Hall of Fame in Grayling, Michigan.


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He was also instrumental in getting many boy scouts into archery or at least introduced to archery. I wish I still had my old tan fiberglass Jet bow from the late 60s.
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Ben Pearson cougar started it all for me 27 years ago. Thanks Ben!
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Sterling Harrel, of Ruston, lousiana (Mr longbow) was a very good friend of mine and close friend of Ben Pearson. He use to laugh and tell me a story on Ben Pearson. He said that they were out hunting together one day, and while crossing a field, Mr Ben said to him, "sterling see that tree at the end of the field"? " let's see how close we can shoot to it". He said he shot first and shot short. Mr Ben drew his recurve and released. The tree was a good one hundred yards away. The arrow struck the tree high up and they couldn't retrieve it. Mr Ben couldn't stand the thought of leaving his arrow in the tree. He told Sterling to remain and that he would be back in a little. Sterling sat on the ground under the tree and all of a sudden he saw Mr Ben coming back on a tractor. He had Sterling hook a chain to the tree and pulled it up by the roots so he could get his arrow. Sterling said that he thought that this was the funniest thing he had ever heard of. After all the Ben Pearson factory were making thousands of arrows each week. One would think that the loss of one arrow wouldn't matter, but not Ben Pearson. He was a special man and archer. He loved archery and loved each and every one of his arrows. JERRY HILL.....
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Big Ben Pearson fan. Love his bows. I have two Palominos and 5 model 707 Colts, 1 model 960 Colt, 2 Collegians, 2 Super Jets and 5 Jet bows. I reached out to his son in an effort to find out what ever happened to the machines they used to build the jet bows (I think there is a market for them today). Nice guy and he was happy to share a story or two about his Father.
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