The Racine Journal-Times Sunday Bulletin from Racine, Wisconsin on July 18, 1965 · Page 7
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July 18, 1965

The Racine Journal-Times Sunday Bulletin from Racine, Wisconsin · Page 7

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Racine Has 8S Fans in 2 Clubs V Psychology Are Factors in Racing, Pigeon Breeders Attest By Duncan Birdsell Journal-Times Staff The Racine racing pigeon fraternity might be excused for wanting to "tar and feather" the weather man this summer, What has been good for the weekend sun and swim worshipers has not been duplicated to the west during the homeward flights of the sWifties of the pigeon world. • Only about 25 birds returned to the home lofts from the final 500-miler for mature birds from Mitchell, S. D. Normally, more than 90 per cent reach home, but winds, rain and hail had played havoc. "I've lost more birds this year than in the past 15 years," says white-haired Thor Jensen, a dean among local breeders with 52 years in the sport. Dean Among Breeders Racine lofts may be missing some of the dependable veterans, but there is a new crop of 1965 youngsters ready to show their wares in August and September races. Racing pigeon breeders are generally optimistic. A winner might be the offspring of two mediocre parents. Right now interest in Racine supports two clubs, the Racine Racing Pigeon Club and the Progressive Flying Racine Health Fund At the beginning of this century children's identity was limited primarily to pulling aching teeth. Now, in addition to the use of a variety of effective treatment procedures, the utilization of controlled fluoridation of public water supplies has been responsible for the prevention of an impressive amount of tooth decay and the elimination of accompanying discomfort for children of many communities. The Racine Health Fund, a United Fund agency observes that studies have shown a reduction of tooth decay from 50 to 70 per cent among children whose teeth were formed where water is fluoridated. Every natural water supply contains a trace of fluoride. The controlled fluoridation Cuban Refugee Care Cost U.S. $181 Million MIAMI —im— It has cost U. S. taxpayers $181 million to care for expatriates from Communist Cuba during the past five years, the Cuban refugee center reports. That is about $1,000 per refugee. "The expenditures have helped refugees with shelter, food, clothing and medical care, paid transportation for the resettlement of 89,000 persons," the center said. It is run by the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. About 8,000 unaccompanied Cuban children were given care in 41 states, the report added. Scotland Yard Using TV to Fight Crime LONDON —m— Scotland Yard is trying out a new weapon in the war against crime — hidden television cameras. Four mobile cameras are being used experimentally in the Soho and Mayfair districts of London. The cameras, concealed in trucks or buildings, will be linked by closed circuit to a West End police station. In addition, a squad of 30 uniformed police on their beats will be equipped with buttonhole microphones so they can report their movements back to the operations room. process consists of adding fluoride until an optimum concentration for tooth protection is attained. Modest Cost The cost of adding supplementary fluoride to the water supply varies from community to community. It may range from 5 cents to 15 cents a year per person. This modest expenditure compares very favorably with an outlay of about $3.65 a year per person required by the use of pills to provide necessary fluoride. Where public water supplies are not fluoridated and when the naturally occurring level within the water is not great enough to give protection, pediatricians and dentists may prescribe pills or topical application of fluorides substitutes. These are safe, L .iective measures if properly utilized. Lengthy Schedule For those who wonder why pills would not do the whole job, experts point out that the programs must be faithfully followed for a long period of time (14 years) for each child. Few families are able to sustain this schedule. In one community 90 per cent of the families began the program but a study four years later showed that ony 12 per cent had been able to keep it up. Adults who remember well the pain of an aching tooth should be pleased that a way has been found to reduce its occurrence in the children of today. For a free copy of the pamphlet "Food and Your Family's Dental Health" write or call the Racine Health Fund, 818 6th St. U.S. Treasurer Home Following Surgery PHILADELPHIA — (/P) — U. S. Treasurer Mrs. Kathryn O'Hay Granahan is reported to be "doing very nicely" at her home recuperating from surgery for the removal of a blood clot from the surface of her brain. Mrs. Grandhan, 69, returned to her home following her discharge from Fitzgerald Mercy Hospital where she underwent the surgery May 27. An aide reported Saturday that Mrs. Granahan is able to be up and around, but that she must rest frequently. Club. Together they have about 85 members. Lofts Scattered Lofts are scattered throughout the city from well manicured northside homes to the middle of a construction firm lot on 9th St. Generally a loft has separate sections for the breeding birds, the racers and the youngsters. Up to five years of winning efforts may result from a good racer. Racers are mated once a year and raise from four to six young. When their racing days are over the best are saved for breeding stock. Squab is a common entree on some dining tables as surplus birds are weeded out. "A top bird needs the homing instinct to begin with," says Don Meier, one of the most thorough and successful of Racine breeders. "Sometimes when you let young bird out it may get hung up with downtown or barnyard pigeons and never return. A good racer on a 500- miler will fly non-stop for home, but sometimes will pause for water if it is really hot." Gradual Buildup "You start training a bird with flights of five miles and build up to 10, 25 and 40 miles. After that they're ready for any distance." "During the season you make a couple tosses during the week with the birds to see which ones look ready for the weekend race. If one looks tired or lags you hold it out. You want birds that look nice and round, but with no dead weight." "The main thing in a bird is good health," says Adam Knuth, a periodic racer since 1926. "I've found that real fighting birds make winners. They will fly into storms when others go down. "I have one I named 'Storm King' after it won two 500s in bad weather. Last year it was found exhausted and unable to walk in Kenosha County after a tough race. I needed to feed it with a medicine dropper afterwards." Finished in "500" This year "Storm King has raced twice. Recently it was one of the handful to finish a "500." Bird psychology is sometimes practiced in races. "Everyone has little tricks with birds," says Meier. "Sometimes you take a mate away for a few days, and show the mate to your racer just before shipping it." "One may take an egg from a female racer, blow out the inside and put a worm or insect in it. The hen feels the egg is about to hatch and may rush back just a little faster. I've heard of adding eggs to a nest just before a race to get the bird curious. "They'll mate a male with two females and then put both the hens in a race to push the jealousy angle." Timing Important Split-second timing and accuracy are all a part of pigeon racing. Each bird has an identifying rubber leg band. When the bird reaches the loft at the end of a race the band must be removed and dropped in the timer slot. The timer is cranked and the exact return time, broken down into seconds, is recorded on a paper roll. Exact distance of the loft from the release point is weighed in determining race results. A bird that reaches home but refuses to come into the loft will produce a quick case of jangled nerves. Most birds Sunday, July II, 1965 RACINE SUNDAY tULLETIN 7A —Journal-Timcii Photo.>i A racing pigeon gets the "dogtag" treatment from Steve Kratochvil as identification band is applied to one leg of the pigeon. Kratochvil's son Steve, age 4, looks on. Kratochvil has passed his birds and loft on to his daughter, Diane 16, but still gives her a helping hand. can be coaxed down with food or gentle talking, but sometimes a stubborn soul pops up. If a bird is looking for water at the end of the race a neighbor 's bird bath may be a disaster. One former breeder had a loft on top of a store building at State and Forest Sts. and used to call his birds in with a police whistle. The method was ended when authorities complained that the sound stopped car traffic. Alarms in Lofts Some owners have alarms at the loft entrance so they can be alerted in the house when a racer arrives. Otherwise a constant watch must be maintained. Birds average 45 m.p.h. in good flying weather. With a favorable tail wind from the west birds average 60 m.p.h. so even the longest races should end the same day as the release. Even an alarm may not be foolproof. Recently, Homer Olson set the alarm in his loft before retiring, after none of his birds returned during the day. The bell rang about 5:30 a.m. Olson jumped out of bed and rushed barefoot and pajama clad to his loft. The returning "racer" was one of his bantee chickens that had wandered into the loft entrance looking for feed. Releases are planned for Saturday mornings on the 500s, but will be delayed in bad weather. This can disrupt Sunday plans. Wives of pigeon breeders are conditioned for the unexpected. Some take an active interest in the sport and will help in record keeping, timing the birds in races and training tosses and in loft housekeeping. Two Girls Active Right now two teenaged girls, Diane Kratochvil and Babette Kis, have lofts. Both also serve as secretaries in the two clubs. Before the advent of timers, the men would rush to racing headquarters as soon as a bird came home to turn in the tag. Veteran Al Jensen recalls the time when he and Ernst Lau ended in a dead heat in a bicycle race to the Peter Thielen home on Jackson St. "I tried to sneak up behind him. He spotted me and we ended in a footrace to the front door. Back then Dr. C. K. Hahn had an advantage with his automobile." Many Trucked Now Changing modes of transportation have influenced training flights and races through the years. The Jensens recall when the old Belle City Racing Pigeon Club would take the birds to the Railway Express Co. on Lake Ave. for shipment to Sturtevant and points west. In recent years the birds are taken by truck to race release points in western Wisconsin, Iowa and South Dakota. Last year air freight was tried for the first time. The Progressive Club has a specially built pigeon trailer which holds 800 birds for short releases. Shipping problems years ago cut out 1,000- mile endurance tests. One was staged from Austin, Austin, Texas, to Racine. Entry fees for the longer 400 and 500-mile races are 50 cents a bird. Small cash prizes and trophies are awarded the ^winners. A top bird has won owner Jim Reiser almost $500 this summer. "Don't Make Money" "Actually it's a sport or hobby for us," says Meier. "When you figure your time and the feed expenses, you don't make money." For those lucky and productive pigeons, it can be some years of ease after the racing career is ended. Unlike their maligned and condemned downtown and barnyard cousins, they enjoy regular meals and sleep in the loft. One might even reach the status of a 13-year-old grizzle hen called "Freckles." "She's my favorite," says her owner Thor Jensen. "She won four or five 500 milers in her prime and she can stay around as long as she wants." More than a half century of feeding chores has failed to dim the enthusiasm of Thor Jensen of 3617 Douglas Ave. for pigeon racing. Jensen has been in the sport 52 years and still raises about 70 young birds a year in his loft located at his home. I OVfR 100 CRIAT STORES AND STILl CROWINO AUTO STORESB i APniAHClS • TV • Hi-fi ' SMVlUC COOBI TOTS • HARPWIRI • HOUJIWARIS • PAINTS r Elmwood Plaza Shopping Center SUNDAY SPECIALS Open Sunday 12 Noon to 6 P.M. VALUABLE COUPON Texaco 20-30 Deluxe MOTOR 0!L GARBAGE CAN 3 0 »1 $197 3 0 »1 $2.99 1 (Limit 6) (Limit 3) WATCH US GROW! AND LOAN ASSOCIATION PAID Over *182,000 in its Semi-Annual Dividend on June 30, 1965 Current rate 4V^^ COMPARATIVE /r. - -y STATEMENT OF CONDITION OFFICERS and STAFF EDWARD F. CERNY President RICHARD J. CARBONNEAU Executive Vice President and Managing Officer BERT C HARPER Vice President FRANK D. ZUPANICH Secretary JEANETTE LENART Treasurer MARIE KREIN Assistant Secretary CATHERINE SHEA ARDELLA SUCHARDA NANCY TRUCKEY MARGUERITE HEALY KATHLEEN MADDEN DIRECTORS JOSEPH BURAN RICHARD J. CARBONNEAU EDWARD F. CERNY BERT C. HARPER FRANK HAYEK, JR. JOSEPH P. KUCERA LAWRENCE NIKL WILLIAM F. PISHNY JOHN F. THOMPSON ASSETS June 30, 1964 Total Mortgage Loans $ 9,125,675.72 Share Loans 110,544.76 F.H.A. Title I Loans (Home Improvement) . . . 60,342.96 Real Estate 1 15,245.88 Federal Home Loan Bank Stock 100,600.00 Other Investments 8,203.40 Government Securities 393,964.92 Cash on Hand and in Bank 240,182.76 Secondary Reserve for FSLIC 59,095.92 Office Building - Net 65,944.37 Furniture and Fixtures 14,793.73 Other Assets 12,268.58 Total Assets $10,306,863.00 LIABILITIES Total Share Capital $ 8,231,971.04 Advances - F.H.L.B 595,000.00 Loans in Process 425,686 56 Prepayment for Real Estate Tax 158,314.83 Deferred Discount 1 1,264.31 Other Liabilities 20,407.60 Participation Loans • 298,644.70 Accrued Taxes —0— Specific Reserves 4,173.93 Total liabilities and Share Capital $ 9,745,462.97 General Reserves Federal Insurance Reserve $ 502,853.82 Undivided Profits 58,546.21 Total Reserves $ 561,400.03 Total Liabilities and Reserves $10,306,863.00 June 30, 1965 $10,437,442.26 66,130.41 70,899.93 124,360.23 100,600.00 18,594.14 363,179.23 313,706.77 76,572.98 143,497.56 13,885.00 5,694.07

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