THE ORIGINAL OFFICERS
By January 1st, 1945, the club membership had grown to thirty five men, (in 1960 the “male” requirement for membership qualification was formally removed). About half of this number lived in or near the Mount Washington community. To further the firearms objectives of marksmanship and competition, the Club also affiliated with the associated Rifle & Pistol clubs of Baltimore, Inc., (later renamed the Associated Gun Clubs of Baltimore, Inc.), and with the Maryland Rifle and Pistol Association, (now the Maryland State Rifle and Pistol Association).Some of the other member clubs of this association, at that time, were:
Arlington, Baltimore, Chesapeake, Garrison, Glenmore, Greenbelt, Gwynn’s Falls, Hamilton Post American Legion, Homewood, Izaak Walton, Mardocko, Maryland, Monumental, Montfaucon Post American Legion, Rangers, Stemmer’s Run, Marine Post American Legion and U.S. Aggies.
The original club officers for 1944-45 were:
President: Franklin “Cap” Horpel, (Captain, U.S. Army Artillery, WW I)
Vice President: Stewart Friant
Treasurer: Charles Sherman
Secretary: Sam Feldstein
Range Officer: Walter Gessford
All of these officers, with the exception of Sherman, lived in Mount Washington, and he lived nearby, in Pimlico. After retirement, Cap Horpel moved to Mount Airy, in Carroll County, and became Mayor of that town.