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City: Elkhart, IL
Captain Adam Bogardus was a famous sharpshooter in the late 1800s and held the title of World’s Wingshot Championship for 17 years. Bogardus won the championship of America in 1871 and went to England in 1875. There he met all comers, successfully defending the championship until 1878, when he returned to America. Bogardus was the only person who ever killed 100 live birds with 100 consecutive shots. The feat was accomplished in July, 1869, at Dexter Park, Chicago. In 1872 at Madison Square Garden, New York, he broke 5500 glass balls in 7 hrs. 19 mins. 7 secs. In 1883 and 1884, Capt. Bogardus was a one-third owner in the Buffalo Bill Wild West show. It was at this time that the Bogardus family, father and four sons, gained a worldwide reputation as sharpshooters. Borgardus was 80 years old when he passed away on March 23, 1913 at his home in Lincoln, Illinois.