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"Motor-Car is Damaged When Deer Strikes It"
"Dr. Guy S. Carpenter, driving his motor-car to Lockwood at about 2 o'clock last Sunday morning, to attend Dr. F. W. Doolittle, had a harrowing experience and a narrow escape from serious injury or death when his motor-car struck a large buck deer, which appeared suddenly from the woods at one side of the road not more than five feet in front of the automobile and ran across the road directly in the path of the car, says a Waverly correspondent. ………..
Although Dr. Carpenter was unable to start his motor-car, he found that he could coast down the short hill, at the top of which the collision had happened. At the foot of the hill he aroused the occupants of the nearest house and here he telephoned to the home of Dr. Doolittle, from which a motor-car was soon sent for him.
"Deputy Sheriff William DeWitt later found the deer, with all four legs broken. He killed it and gave the meat to the Waverly hospital."
Owego Gazette, November 5, 1931
"Candor is to Have First State Reforestation"
"J. D. Kennedy, district forester of Cortland, has arranged for the first state reforestation project in Tioga county, a project to be carried out under the direction of the state conservation department. This project is to be located in the northeastern part of the town of Candor, about one mile west of the hamlet of Jenksville. On Dec. 31, contracts to purchase three plots of land were signed. These lands form a plot of approximately 500 acres and are owned by the following persons:
Rey E. Barden, 270 acres.
Homer Lathrop, 251 acres.
C. H. Zimmer, 10 acres
"These plots lie adjacent to each other, which is a requirement for state reforestation. And they also give required acreage--500. The state cannot undertake to reforest a plot of less than 500 acres, because the law does not permit it to do so.
"The property owners reserve the right to remove all buildings and to cut and remove all timber six inches in size at the stump. All existing oil and gas leases are also reserved.
"The state to date, Mr. Kennedy said, has taken over about 80,000 acres for reforestation purposes. Not all this land has been planted; some of it is merely under contract for purchase."
Owego Gazette, January 7, 1932
"Another Deer is Shot in Candor Township"
"It was reported to Deputy Sheriff Loring Baldwin on Friday evening that an eight-prong buck had been found dead on the former Major A. H. Krom farm on the hill west of Candor. Mr. Loring informed Sheriff Floyd E. Giltner of the finding of the deer. Accompanied by State game Protector Delos A. Baker, they motored to the scene. The deer was found near a spring in the woods. He had been shot through the body with a shotgun. He had evidently wandered about several days after receiving the wound, and had come to the spring to drink. Marks on the ground showed that he had fallen back down an embankment dead when he started to leave.
"………….Both the sheriff and Game Protector Baker would like to know who in that locality is taking pot shots at deer . If they are discovered prosecution will speedily follow"
Owego Gazette, January 5, 1933
"State Takes Over Owego and Newark Valley Lands"
"The state of New York recently acquired a tract of nearly 1,000 acres of land in the northeastern part of the town of Owego and southeastern part of the town of Newark Valley, which will be reforested as part of the state's conservation program………….
"The land consists of three parcels, two of which each contain more than 400 acres. The lands were conveyed to the state, with the approximate acreage in each tract, by the following:
Charles Gage, his wife, Nellie Gage, and Edna Gage 427.87
Simeon E. Kinnan 54.67
Mrs. Theresia Hoffman 496.93
Total number of acres 981.47
"In order to acquire these properties the state pays $4 an acre or about $3,966.
"In years gone by these farms were as productive as any farms in the Southern Tier. The Gage lands are generally known as the Dr. Oakley farm. Dr. Oakley was the father of Attorney Timothy B. Oakley, a well-known Owego Attorney. On this farm about 60 years ago was a virgin pine forest, which was attacked by a pest. Attorney Oakley, who was a young man, had to have the trees felled and converted into lumber. The lumber was subsequently made into rafts, which were floated down the river to the Pennsylvania lumber markets."
Owego Gazette, July 27, 1933
"Dutch Elm Disease is not so Alarming as Reported"
"Alarm over the spread of the Dutch elm disease in areas removed from a small territory embracing New York city and parts of Westchester county, Long island, and Staten island is not warranted in view of present knowledge of the disease at the state experiment station in Geneva. ………….
Dr. Rankin [from Geneva] states that the only known carrier of the disease is a small beetle which infests the bark of the elm tree. This beetle is limited in its range, having been found only in the territory from Boston as far south as Philadelphia. The Dutch elm disease apparently cannot be easily spread from the disease to a healthy tree unless the elm bark beetle is present to transport the spores of the fungus on its body, it is said."
Owego Gazette, October 5, 1933
"Despicable Hunters Kill Two Deer in This County"
"Two deer, both bucks, have been killed by hunters during the last week and their carcasses left to lie where the animals had fallen.
"Early Friday afternoon Alfred H. Ford, who lives on West hill, two miles and one-half miles from Berkshire, informed Sheriff Floyd E. Giltner that he had found the carcass of a deer in a piece of woods on his farm, and it was evident that the animal had been shot.
"………….. A telephone message from Mrs. Howard Taylor, of Hullsville, said that a Polish youth had found a large buck that had apparently been killed by hunters living in the woods. Sheriff Giltner went to the scene and learned that it had been killed on the farm of a Polish family. When he arrived, only the woman of the house was at home and she spoke no English.
"The carcass was also taken to the county home to be dressed."
Owego Gazette, November 2, 1933
"A Buck Deer Swims the River at Owego"
"A large buck deer paid a brief visit to this village at about 6:45 o'clock last Saturday morning, but very few persons saw the animal, due principally to the fact that his arrival was at such an hour that they had not completed their beauty sleep. The animal left this village by swimming across the Susquehanna river and thence continuing southward across the fields and out of sight."
Owego Gazette, April 5, 1934
"Eagles Are Seen in the Vicinity of Apalachin"
"Last Thursday Naturalist J. Alden Loring saw a golden eagle perched on a limb in a tree on the Frank B. Tracy farm, west of Apalachin, and he and Attorney and Mrs. William G. Ellis saw, a fine specimen of the national bird, a bald-headed eagle on the same farm last Sunday.
"A white deer among a herd of four was sighted by Lewis D. Atwater on the Elmer Merrill farm on Talmadge hill, town of Barton. Last week Mr. Atwater was able to walk close to the deer before the herd sniffed the air and bounded gracefully over a low fence.
"The white deer, he described, as nearly cream color. This is believed to be the first white deer sighted in that vicinity. Two years ago a deer of a similar color was seen near Waits, town of Owego.
Owego Gazette, April 12, 1934
"Explains Plan of State Acquiring Useless Lands"
"L. O. Bond, of Ithaca, project manager of the New York state rural land acquisition program, appeared Tuesday afternoon before the board of supervisors, which is holding its annual session and explained the plan of acquiring worn-out farm lands, of which there are large areas throughout this county. After their acquisition these lands would be put to three uses, reforestation, game preserves, and additions to state parks, if there were any in this county.
"By purchasing such properties, through which highways are built, the highways would be abandoned, which would result in a large saving to the taxpayers. He recounted in numerous instances where the yearly cost of highways was more than the value of the properties."
Owego Gazette, November 22, 1934
"Forestry Expert Declares That the Chestnut Tree Will Not Come Back"
"Occasionally reports are received that the chestnut tree is coming back, according to Dr. Ray M Hirt, plant pathologist at the New York state college of forestry in Syracuse. These statements are sometimes supported by actually displaying of chestnuts from young trees. It is a fact that within the past year or two a few chestnut sprouts have attained sufficient age and size to produce nuts.
"This has led some people to believe that the American chestnut tree has in some mysterious way overcome the disease which has killed practically every chestnut tree in New England, New York and Pennsylvania. However, among forest pathologists, it is quite generally believed that the American chestnut will never again become an important tree in the American forest, in fact, that before many years it will entirely have disappeared from its native range."
"It is worthwhile to watch for any seedling chestnut trees which remain free from the disease for several years when surrounded by diseased individuals. Should such an individual tree be discovered, it should be reported to your state forestry office, experiment station, or federal office of forest pathology at Washington, D. C. It is only through such an individual tree that there is any chance of securing a resident strain of American chestnut."
Owego Gazette, December 13, 1934
"A Coyote, a Small Species of Wolf, Is Shot by a Germany Hill Hunter"
The first coyote, a species of the wolf family, ever to be killed in Tioga county, was taken last Saturday afternoon by a party of Town of Tioga hunters on the Hugh Burlington farm on Spaulding hill, in the Town of Tioga. These hunters were Willis Snyder, Henry A. Weber, Harold Weber, George Zorn and George Snyder. Three of the hunters stalked the animal two days before they succeeded in placing this male coyote on the spot, where Willis Snyder brought him down with a well-aimed shot.
"The hunters brought the animal to Owego to the home of Naturalist J. Alden Loring in east Front steer. Mr. Loring informed the hunters that the (blank) was a young timber wolf.
"The coyote was a fat one with a heavy coat of gray fur. He had evidently fed well and he had on his heavy winter coat. His tail was short and bushy.
"To a reporter of the Owego Gazette Mr. Loring told of how he had trained a female coyote in the Bronx zoo while he was stationed there several years ago. The animal had whelped several pups. At the command of Mr. Loring the coyote would fetch to him one of the pups. After the zoo would be closed to the crowds for the day, the coyote would follow Mr. Loring when he would make a tour of the grounds."
Owego Gazette, December 20, 1934
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