Joshua Bard's Rifle-TDN-14 May 1974

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Joshua Bard's Rifle-TDN-14 May 1974 - Society Receives Did'Muzzle Loader A muzzle...
Society Receives Did'Muzzle Loader A muzzle loading rifle, vet* •an of many hunting seasons, is presented to the Hunting* «n County ttistoflcai Society st in time for this year's >rlng turkey gobbler season, case anyone might have the >rve to try shootiiig it, Unfortunately muzzle load* •s are illegal for hunting this jar, although the Game Com. ission is making plans for a lecial season for muzzle load* g rifles next'year, due to the JGPenrtey CATALOGUE CENTER 6*43*5410 increased interest in these old guns and also to the excellent amount of game now available, In fact there is probably as much chance of getting a wild turkey or a deer this year as when the rifle, presented to the Society by Mr, Seeil Kenyon of Wiimerding was first used just after the Civil War, Mr, Ken* yon's grandfather, Joshua Bard, lived about a mite up from the mouth of Licking Creek and after his return from the war he bought the rifle in Shineysburg and used it fof the rest of his life to provide meat for his family of 11 children, Although in good condition, the old gun has obviously seen much use and probably deserves deserves to be retired and ad* mired by visitors to the His* tor leal Society, Estimates by the game com* mission indicate that there was a good supply of game in the area of Licking Greek about 1870 but that there was a con* timial decline in the wildlife population from then until modern modern game management methods begn to increase it around the l&ao'st At present not only that section, but all of the county has a game population equal to of better than It was when Mr, Sard provided for his large family, He must have been a skilled hunter, because the percussion muzzle loading rifle has to be loaded, rammed and primed with a cap before each shot, so there wasn't time for a second try if you missed the fir stone, Bard willed his rifle to his son, Miles Bard of Orbisonia, and he in turn willed it to his nephew, Mr, Kenyon, a former resident of Huntingdon, The Huntingdon County Historical Society is grateful to Mr, Ken* yon for his generous gift but has no plans to try it out for accuracy, even when a muzzle* loader season comes around. at MARKET

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  1. The Daily News,
  2. 14 May 1974, Tue,
  3. Page 13

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