Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa on March 19, 1936 · Page 5
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Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa · Page 5

Mason City, Iowa
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Thursday, March 19, 1936
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MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE. MARCH 19 1936 FIVE Paradise for Wild Life Provided by Sanctuary at Brownville, Site of 1st Settlement Made in Mitchell County George Nelson Chief Promoter; Gains Reported, By STAFF WHITER A weed-grown waste has been transformed into paradise. That's what has happened along the Little Cedar river in Mitchell county, near the little settlement of Brownville. The good old days have returned, just as though tne calendar had been set back by 40 years. What was waste land has been changed into one of the state's finest sanctuaries for wild game, and the birds and animals are enjoying it! Picture thousands of ducks, along with red fox, pheasants, rabbits, squirrels, geese--many of the ducks tame enough so that they come like pet puppies when they are called, to eat out of the hands of their human friends. That's the picture at Brownville. Mill Still Qperated. The country store and mill site that make up the village of Brownville are located on the spot of the first settlement in Mitchell county, and the location dates back to 1851. The old water mill is still in operation, and docs its annual job of sawing lumber in the same style as it has for years. Brownville is situated northeast of Osage, on the Little Cedar river, and southwest of Riceville. So far the fellow who has been largely responsible for the building of North Iowa's grandest game preserve hasn't been mentioned--he's George Nelson, secretary of the Little Cedar Conservation league. Started in 1932. It all started in 1932, on Aug. 1, when George Nelson and Schuylar Ammon began to reconstruct the old mill dam at -Brownville. They completed a log and rock dam, all but the fill, that autumn, and the water was turned behind it on Armistice day. The dam is now 210 feet wide, 1110 feet of the total width being rebuilt. Twelve feet through, it's made rf piling, wood rails used as tie-bars, and a fill made of dirt and rock. A total of 12,000 feet of rubble and earth completed the fill, after 465 cords of "hardheads" had been laid down. The timber work of the dam called for 7,000 lumber feet of logs. In the fall of 1932, the farmer members of the Little Cedar Conservation league seined the landlocked ponds around Brownville, and saved more than a million and a half game fish--yes, that figure is accurate. Those fisn were their first stock in their game preserve. Began With Six Ducks. Six wild ducks--all mallards- were the start of the wild duck colony. Caught in the spring- of 1933, the birds were tamed, and 100 young ducks were raised that year. None of the birds raised at Brownville, has ever been pinioned. In the fall of 1933, a limited amount or duck shooting was allowed in the santuary. It was the first duck shooting on the Little Cedar in more than 20 years. In 1935, the duck season was the best in 25 years, with 1,000 birds taken in a radius of half a dozen miles. More than 250 young ducks were raised by hand in 1935, and thousands rested at Brownville in the fall flights. The Little Cedar is a natural flyway. Included in the flights of 1935 were 67 of the rarely-seen wood ducks. Mrs. Nelson Specialist. When George Nelson speaks of raising ducks by hand, he tells you that the real credit should go to Mrs. Nelson, who is a real specialist when it comes to hatching and raising the wild birds. Last winter, Mrs. Nelson was severely frozen as she went out in a blinding blizzard, with the thermometer at 22 below zero, to chop away the river ice that bad imprisoned I4 wild chicks. Put in sacks and brought to her poultry house, the birds were all saved but one. Since they were released they have stayed at the dam. and respond every day when they are called for feeding. Suffered Broken Neck. Mr. Nelson was severely injured during the early winter, when his neck was broken in a fall, and the prolonged cold weather also added to the difficulties that he'd had in maintaining the sanctuary through the winter months. Forty acres of water are included in the refuge, and no shooting is al- North Iowa Has Game Preserve lowed except during the open seasons, when the amount is limited. The area was privately policed until 1935, when the slate conservation commission posted the stream and assigned a conservation officer to the territory. Outside of that co-operation, and the placing of some game fish in the stream, the stale commission has not been able to help the builders of the sanctuary. Park Is Planned. George Nelson has piad for most of the feed that has maintained the wild birds during the last lew years, with some assistance from the Little Cedar Conservation league, but more funds will be necessary in the future. The possibilities of the area have just been discoveicd, he says, in the few years that have seen it built and operated. The 200 members of the league plan to make a pioneers' memorial park of the beautiful timber land that surrounds the stream. A 70 foot knoll, overlooking ihe river, will be purchased soon, and eventually 21 acres will be added to the tract. | Knapp Is President. E. B. Knapp of Little Cedar is president of the league, while Schuylar Ammon and George Nelson of Brownville arc vice president and secretary. Ross Decker of Little Cedar is the club's treasurer. Membership is open to any sportsman, whether he is a resident of the Little Cedar valley or not. Big game preserves won't solve the problem of vanishing wild bird life--that's the conclusion of the North Iowa consei-vationists who have gained their experience first hand at Brownville. A long series of small areas will solve it, they decided. The small areas, drawing from the annual flights, and providing a place for the raising of young birds, are the answer. School to Be Closed. ESTHERVILLE, .T--The board of education has voted to close the Model school, five miles southwest of here, because of steadily decreasing enrollment. The four remaining pupils will be transported to Esthervillc schools. O'CONNOR WILL NOT RUN AGAIN Attorney General of Iowa Says He Will Not Seek Renominalion. DES MOINES, (,-i'J--Kdvvard L. ('Connor, Iowa City, now completing is second term as Iowa attorney cncral, announced definitely 'hursday he will not be a candidate or rcnomination in the democratic rimary in June. His retirement from the political ield. anticipated recently in politi- al circles here, left John Mitchell f Fort Dodge and Matt Cooney of Dubuquc as the only candidates so ar for the democratic nomination or attorney general. Cooney. a member of the state aoatd of parole tnd a former stale senator from Dubuquc, announced lis candidacy today. Mitchell had declared his intention of seeking the nomination some time earlier. Last to Declare. "I have been away from my pii- ·atc practice," O'Connor said, "for four years and I can't afford to remain away another two years." O'Connor is the last of the ma or elective democratic state officials to make known his political in- :entions. Two years ago the seven officials announced in a bloc for second terms and were re-elected. Three now are seeking third term, in their present offices. The attorney general's second term was featured by his indictment and acquittal of gambling A paradise for wild game is located in North Iowa, midway between Osage and Kicevillo on the Little Cedar river. The site, above, is at Brownville. first settlement in Mitchell county. The settlement dates back to 1851. 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