Clair Fox, who has been president of the Upper Perkiomen Sportsmen's Association since 1998, stands next to historical photographs on display in the clubhouse.
This history of the Sportsmen's Association was contributed by Paul Decker, Director of Historical Information for Red Hill, to help present the group's history as it marks its three-quarters-of-a-century milestone.
The Upper Perkiomen Sportsmen's Association, Inc. (UPSA) is celebrating its 75th Anniversary this year. It is a vibrant organization of men and women who enjoy the shooting sports, and it is an integral part of the community.
The association is an outgrowth of the Red Hill Gun Club, founded in 1910 and the Upper Perkiomen Valley Fish, Game and Forestry Association of the 1930s. The organizations formed The Upper Perkiomen Sportsmen's Association in 1942.
The association incorporated in 1947, and at that time, purchased 6.5 acres of land from Charles Bitting to build what is the nucleus of the current clubhouse. The early efforts of the association included replenishing the stock of small game and fish in the Upper Perkiomen area. Consignments of fish were brought in from state hatcheries, in addition to rabbits and pheasants from state game farms. From time to time rabbits were also purchased by the association and shipped here from the Midwest and released. ...