Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa on December 30, 1964 · Page 4
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Mason City, Iowa
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Wednesday, December 30, 1964
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0*e. 30, 1M4 Gfob«-G«z«H«, Mtson City, la. Fascinating hobby and business Two Clear Lake men raise chinchillas •y GENEVA L1TZIL CLEAR LAKE — Raising chinchillas is a full-time hobby for one Clear Lake man and a side-line business for another. A chinchilla is actually a rodent, but it has soft pearly-gray fur which commands a respectable price on the market. Forrest Fisher, who owns Fisher Construction Co., has been in the chinchilla-raising business about four years. Ho has a partnership with his brother-in-law, Harry Allen, and John Buhner, both of Eagle Grove. Their business is a two-stage set-up. The breeding slock is kept at Clear Lake while the fur- pelting end of it is at liafile Grove on the Buhner farm. KiRhl now their inventory is 18. r ) animals. Th« man with th« hobby Is Sam Schwartx, a retired city em- ploye. He started raising the furry littie animals in l%0 and has 38. His original investment of one pair cost him $450. He has purchased some since and has sold enough to "break' even." He received his interest from his son, Willis, who raises them at Sioux City. Chinchillas weigh a litllc more than a pound when full grown, hut (heir luxurious and abundant fur makes them look much larger. Fisher explained that the best furs have a soft, bluish- gray, even coloring. The animals are in their prime polls about now, .said Fisher.- In the pcllinj,' business, Ihe trio keeps the animals at a room temperature of slightly above frcc/.inR to cause the animals to grow heavier fur, just as the regular outdoor furbearing animals do when cold weather approaches. The breeding slock in the Clear Lake facility is kept in a building with the temperature at 65 degrees, to insure warmth for the young at birth. Doing thtlr own p«lt!nj, th« partners send their pelts to a New York market where prices [)aid will be anywhere from $10 to $60 each, depending on color, density of the fur and quality. The fur of chinchillas is ex- :rcmely soft because there may be as many as 80 fine hairs growing from one follicle. It takes from I'M to 150 furs for one coat. Chinchillas arc not as prolific as the rabbits they arc often confused with. The lillers will be from one to three, with nn occasional four, and five or six a rnrity, said Fisher. The gestation period is 111 days. Th» «nlm«li hiv« »hort front feet with kangaroo-like hind legs and short bushy tails like chipmunks. Their cars resemble rabbits' cars. Both Schwart/. and Fisher feed their animals plenty of hay, special chinchilla pellets, salt and lots of clean water. Watching n chinchilla take n mln is fascinating. The "hath" s taken in a gallon can con- alning special rock dust. It is ava ground even finer than the best women's facial powder. The animal dives into the can, rolls over and over ami kicks Ihe dust around. Tho dust absorbs mois- .urc from tho fur and cleans H. ChinchiltaH nro clean animals and do not have any noticeable body odor. Because of their dense fur, no lice or other miles can live in Iheir fur. GOOD PET—Sum Schwurbi, Clem- Luke, plays will) one t of 1m pet clilnchilbm. Hcliwart,-/, lias H8 nml raised llicm just as n liohhy. Ho .says fhcy aro i'a.s- cinatinj? animals, difficult to raise,' hut t'hc-v niako an enjoyablo, full-time Imhhv. Lake Shore notes Retiring officers of Park Chapter :15, Order of Kii.strrn Sl;ir will practice Monday at 7::i(> p.m. in the Masonic Tem ple, announcer! Mrs. OeWayn Kramplon, i m in odiale past, worthy matron. New officers, to )io installed al open ceremonies Jan. fl at « p.m., will practice Monday evening a I 8. ju-cortling to Mrs. Don Allison, worthy matron elect. For Salt: 3 bedroom horn*. J.ut 6BxKJ2 fl. Leaving town. B. rrtcr.scn. VI, 7-2216 Celebrate New Year's Eve at the VKVV. No cover cliarfic. Color TV New Year's Day.—Adv. Mr. and Mrs. George Heet- laml returned homo Tuesday evening after two weeks in Kansas t'ity, Mo., with Iheir daughter and family, Mr. and Mrs. Kd Mull. Another daughter and family, Mr. and Mrs. lion Akro, Jefferson, Mo., u-ere also gnc.sts at Ihe Molt home. Diess Sale or» this week at Nichols Shop.—(Adv.). For rent: Uptown apt., un- /urnishcri, adults, reasonable. I'honc 7-2015 or 7-2921.—(Adv.)! Mr. and Mrs. J. Robert Franks, Arlington, Va., are the parents of a daughter, Palricia Diane, born Monday. A child, her grandparents are. Mr. and Mrs. Glenn \V. Franks, Clear Lake, and Mr. and Mrs Carl Micirllcton, Jefferson. Wanted to rent by Army officer's family: Nice 3 bedroom home, March 1 poss. Mrs. ward Boyle. FL 7-342R.—(Adv.) Nicely dec. furn. apt.. FL 7-43-iG or PL 7-2219.—(Adv.). Mr. ami Mr*. W«lf« r A. Wood Clear Lake, have arrived in Mesa, Ariz., where they will live in fin aparlment during Ihe win- Irr. Their address is (Jonmil Delivery, JUosa. Knroiilo they visited their son-in-law anil itaiiKhlcr, Mi', find Mrs. (ilcn (Dolores) Xirbel, nncl six daiiRh- ters. The meeting of AmVet Aux- Illiiry lin.s been postponed from •Inn. -1 lo Jan. II al 7 p.m. nt the homo of Mrs. l.yle Slovens. Texture hose In 2 shades just nrrivrd ill Verna's. Sues 9-11 $l.r> pair.—(Adv.). Want lady to itay nights with w o r k i n K lixly. KI, 7-2(Mfi.— (Adv.). Thirteen adults and three i-liildren allc>ndt>il llio Do Your Bit Clvih luncheon and program Tiicsdny al Hnlfnnl's (,'afo. Mrs. Alherl lluhor will ho hostess .Inn. 12 ,-st a 1:30 p.m. rlcsscrl liinrlicon. < Altl) (H 1 THANKS \\f wiili In ilinnk our rrlcmlK. rpla tlvo imil s inr clirh i-nnl.i iliiwrrji iiml fimil; iilsn ih,- Hf V v. ,Mr. neitfr itiul pray iloclnr^ tl t'vrryonr iti.v stn> !>• 'tpprrrl- Ml. iind Mr<. A. ^;. Ki lost. CA111I 01' THANKS lo thank my ri-Uhvc". (licnils nncl nr!«hhor« for c-nrcln. jjlft» ami vl»- Us ilnrlng my rfi'fnt »l.n »| ili^ Morcy llospllnl. ThnnkK lo Pusim- i]| r |i«i-|) KlUnKMin mid I'anlnr Darwin Ilrltcr for II,,.,,,. A M>iu>l;il lli»nks lo l>r. I), w. ClBpmnUllo nml ll, P third 'lour* nml nmsi's ntclo» for llirlr wnmlrrliil rnrp. Mn. llnliorl Clii'l»ll»n%pn. Mr. Klliiiiiion nml llu< Ho fi>r llirlr c-oinf<ntint! wind »• Sprrlnl ll,mik« f r»ns jit Turk llonpiliil ji wtio vvn« so klnil lo us dui tlii> hmpltal anil nlicr n All klmlm'nu.M arc .sln.Tr ENJOY SCHLITZ BEER TH« TIF.Y.V THAT MAIlK MILWAUKEE PAMOtll PATTERSON JEWELRY Diamond Experts SINCE 1886 Certified Gomokxjiats CLLAh LAKE, IOWA _ „ _._ CARING FOR CHINCHILLAS—Forrest Fisher, Uoar Luke, checks on his cages of chinchillas, which he keeps as breeding stock. Fisher and his two part- ners have been in the chinchilla business four years and have 185 animals. Lutheran young people receive scholarships CLEAR LAKE—Mary Ellin;?•on and Terry ZueUJu received Lutheran Educational Aid Fund (LEAF) icbolarsBlpt Tuesday evening at the Zlon Lutheran Church Youth Banquet at the church. Mitt Ellington, daughter of Pattor and Mr*. Richard EUing •on, ii a freihman at Luther College, Oecorah. She received $50 from LEAF and $100 from the Senior Luther League Scholarship Fund. Zuehlke, son of Mr. and Mrs. Erwin Zuelhke, received a $50 LEAF scholarship. He iu a freshman at St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn. The awards Clear Lake calendar THURSDAY Rotary Club, Halford's Cafe, noon. Formal candlelight Communion services, Methodist Church, 7-8 p.m. Candlelight service conducted by youth, Zion Lutheran Church, 7:30 p.m. Sacred Heart Devotions, St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 7:30 p.m. Watch Night service, Evangelical Free Church, 9:30 p.m., followed by social hour. were presented by Gfenn Ericfc- son, chairman of the board of deacons. The annual banquet for young people in seventh through twelfth grades, college students and servicemen home on leave was attended by 100. The Rev. Hermann Diers, Wartburg College, Waverly, was the guest speaker. Linda Buhr was in charge of the candlelighting service. A singspiration was le<| by Dr. Paul Fynscov. David Ellingson, Senior Luther League president, gave the welcome. The response was by Rog. er M a y 1 a n d, Junior Luther League president. Devotions were by Kathy Taylor. Miss Ruth Erickson was the toastmistress. • 423-4463 FOR FREE ESTIMATE WITH SAMPLES IN YOUR HOME FOR THIS MASON CITY, IA. SAY $ 39 $ 120 when Wards installs nylon 5O1 carpet and rubberized pad in 3 average-size rooms* CONTINUOUS FILAMENT NYLON TUFTED LOOP PILE OUR MOST POPULAR 5O1* CARPET-IN 23 COLORS! 69 SQ. YD. INSTALLED REG. 9.49 OUR LUXURY 501® CARPET- RAN DOM-SHEARED OR LOOP 49 Stylish 3-dimemronaf effect from multi-level surface. Choose from a new assortment of 7 colors. 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