Earl R. Hossman - Class of 2012 Inductee


Earl graduated from Rice Avenue Union High School in 1930. He lettered in football, basketball and baseball and he also played Legion ball.

Earl competed in rifle shooting for many years, also holding many records. In 1948, he qualified to compete in the Olympic Rifle Finals at Quantico, Virginia finishing 7th. Earl qualified with the United States International Team for 3 years. He started trap shooting in 1974 at the age of 62. He has well over 200 awards for rifle and trap shooting. He also received the prestigious "Silver Bullet Award" from the National Rifle Association.

As a well-known "Big Game" hunter, Earl's hunting trips resulted in many trophies including 16 of the 27 North American Big Game animals. This included a record book Alaska Yukon Moose and a Kodiak Brown Bear. Earl also took up showing quarter horses with the same success, having won many trophies, including a "Junior World Champion Reining Mare".

He was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 1997, Erie Chapter. After passing his 90th birthday, Earl gave up hunting and shooting.

Earl owned the Pontiac – GMC dealership for over 20 years and worked a total of 59 years selling automobiles. He excelled at this career and was recognized by GMC for his work.

He has received awards for outstanding community services. Earl is a member of the Girard Methodist Church, Lake Erie Lodge, Erie Consistory, Zem Zem Temple, Dobler Hose Company, and Hazel Kibler Museum. He was always a very generous donor; he gave Dobler Hose Company an ambulance, he gave churches and lodges pianos, tables and much more.

Earl opened two subdivisions in Girard, Sunset Acres and Pine Tree. Earl built Lloyd and Dick's garage and the Texaco Station.

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