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Ben Teipel, his Parker, and sad end
Unread 11-09-2020, 06:17 PM   #1
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Ben Teipel is first mentioned in the July 2, 1884 Sporting Life
https://digital.la84.org/digital/col...id/21037/rec/1
Tony Gastright and Ben Teipel, the well-known Ohio and Kentucky shots, are matched at 25 pair live birds, 18 yards rise, 80 yards boundary, plunge traps.
The affair takes place at Cincinnati July 5. Cincinnati club rules will govern.

At the Second International Clay Pigeon Tournament held at New Orleans, La., Feb. 11th to 16th, 1885, the First Prize and Diamond Badge in the International Individual Championship Match, open to all the world, was won by Ben Teipel (Louisville) with a Parker Gun. Among the contestants shooting other guns were such champions as Carver, Bogardus, Cody, Stubbs, Erb and others. During the entire tournament more prizes were won with Parker guns, in proportion to the number used, than with any other gun.
https://books.google.com/books?id=vV...J&pg=PA252&lpg

The Cosmopolitan August, 1886 (Teipel misspelled)
https://books.google.com/books?id=KD...AAJ&pg=PT3&lpg



Bro. Davis on Ben Teipel’s gun
http://www.lcsmith.org/newsletter/Volume2issue3.pdf

Sporting Life July 8. 1885
https://digital.la84.org/digital/col...id/21564/rec/2
Ben Teipel and H. McMurchey [sic] will shoot a match of fifty singles and twenty-five doubles for $200 a side at Cincinnati, July 11, against Andy Meaders, of Nashville, and J.R. Stice, of Jacksonville, Ill.

July 22 won by Meaders & Stice by 13 clay targets
https://digital.la84.org/digital/col...id/21371/rec/3

October 14, 1885
https://digital.la84.org/digital/col...id/21634/rec/4
The ties of the Chamberlin cartridge company's tournament were shot off at Cleveland Oct. 6. The weather was very bad and the attendance small. The prizes aggregated $2,000 and first and fourth money was won outright in the chief contest. J.R. Stice, of Jacksonville, Ill. won the first prize, $750 (about $20,000 today) with a score of 99 out of 100, and fourth money, S200, was taken by F.M. Eames, Bay Bridge, L.I., with a score of 95. For the other four prizes there were ties and these were decided yesterday, R. E. Sheldon, of the Cleveland Gun Club won second money, $500; C.F. Wheal, of the Kirtland Club third money, $300; H.H. Fleischer, of Rochester, N.Y., won fifth money, $150; Ben Teipel, of Covington, Ky., won sixth money, $100.

August 4, 1886
https://digital.la84.org/digital/col...id/21967/rec/5
At the recent trap-shooters' tournament, at Cincinnati, ten representative shots of the West issued a challenge, stating that they were ready as a team to shoot against any other team of ten in the United States and Canada for from $1,500 to $2,000 a side, at 1,000 artificial birds. The match, if made, to take place in Cleveland next September. Mr. J. E. Miller, of Cincinnati, will give any information desired as to the conditions.
The gentlemen issuing the challenge are Messrs. James B. Stice, Jacksonville, Ill.; Fred. Kimble, Peoria, Ill.; R.E. Sheldon, Cleveland, O.; C.W. Budd, Des Moines, Ia.; George Beck, Indianapolis, Ind; Andy Meaders, Nashville, Tenn.; Ben Teipel, Covington, Ky.; H. McMurchey [sic], Cincinnati, O.; H. Hill, Aurora, Ind.; Al Bandle, Cincinnati, O.

I found no record of a match taking place.
The United States Cartridge Co. Tour was in 1890, but Teipel was not part of the Western team.
https://digital.la84.org/digital/col...oll17/id/53201
Eastern team
H. McMurchy, (now in Syracuse, N.Y. but soon to move to Fulton as a Hunter Arms professional rep), Captain; H.B. Whitney, Phelps, N.Y.; W.H. Wolstencroft, Philadelphia; M.E. Perry, Boston; W.S. Perry, Worcester; W. Fred Quimby, substitute.
Western team
C.W. Budd, Des Moines, Ia., Captain; R.O. Heikes, Dayton, O.; J.R. Stice, Jacksonville, Ill.; C.E. Cahoon, Freeport, Ill.; J.A. Ruble, Beloit, Wis.; S.A. Tucker, substitute.

Teipel used a Smith at the 1899 GAH at Live Birds – No. 104
https://digital.la84.org/digital/col...id/43583/rec/1

November 11, 1899
https://digital.la84.org/digital/col...id/43225/rec/9
Teipel in attendance at the 2nd Annual Tournament of the Cincinnati Gun Club

June 30, 1900 at the Cincinnati Gun Club
https://digital.la84.org/digital/col...d/42872/rec/10

December 15, 1900 at the Cincinnati Gun Club
https://digital.la84.org/digital/col...d/42517/rec/11

January 5, 1901 report of Teipel’s death
https://digital.la84.org/digital/col...d/42332/rec/12
Ben Teipel died in the insane asylum at Lakeland, Ky., December 29. For years he was a noted figure in the trap shooting world, having won many championship prizes and competed against the best shots of the day. He was also the inventor of the “Tiepel arm” for throwing the old clay pigeons, as well as other improvements on traps. Tiepel was about 40 years old, and was taken to the insane asylum on December 18. He was a participant in the Grand American Handicap in 1899.

Sad. Apparently his death did not occur until 3 years after his traumatic brain injury, and he shot December 4 in Cincinnati, but quite poorly. He was only 42 and left a wife and 14 year old son.

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The Teipel - Bandle Trap
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Drew... here is Ben Teipel`s photo from my 1899 GAH Program...

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Parkers in Pulp - 1886, (Spring 2021 Edition of Parker Pages), will focus exclusively on Ben Teipel and his Parker gun. If I tell you more, Mike K. will have to kill you.
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