Capt. Bogardus finally retired from the grueling road trips of entertainment, opening shooting galleries in Lincoln, Springfield, and Hot Springs Ark. – continuing to enjoy the sport that had long sustained him. His health declined in 1912, but he lingered until Easter Sunday of Mar. 23, 1913, and was laid to rest in Elkhart Cemetery. In his 79 years of life, he had been a hunter, carpenter, market hunter, dog breeder, Civil War Veteran, World Famous Wing-Shot, author, showman, ornithologist conservationist, & inventor. He was near his peak of physical fitness during those “shoot against the clock days”- except for a bad leg. When the Trapshooting Hall of Fame inducted its first members in 1969, Capt. Adam H. Bogardus was one of the very first selected.
Elkhart’s heritage and history has been made richer by the addition of this man’s life.