Record of this sport goes back at least to 1583 where mention is made (see below) of oyster shells as well as stones. Oyster shells, however, are not permitted according to 1972 Winter Rules Committee Rule I, section 3aiii. Tradition holds that the sport was begun by an English king who skipped sovereigns across the Thames. George Washington is thought to have popularized it in America by skipping a stone across a river.- (True, legend has it that this was a silver dollar, but George was close with a buck and would never have done such a thing.) The following reports are offered for your edification and were found by Marsha Grimes of the Lake Superior State College Library staff.