1943: Hunters can aid victory
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With ammunition beginning to make its appearance in stores, at least in small quantities, and tie-ups effected to let the hunters have a part in aiding the war effort, a larger than normal influx of deer hunters was in prospect as opening date – Oct. 9th – neared.Locally Tomkins Hardware has received invoices for a limited amount of ammunition, and it is understood that considerable ammunition is available in Denver, and will be released soon throughout the state.Hunters have been given an opportunity to aid the war effort this year by donating their deer and elk hides and fat to the Aspen Lions club in Aspen. Elsewhere, where they have chapters, the Izaac Walton league will receive the fat and hide donations. The hides can of course be sold, but they will bring a very low price, $0.75 or a little more, and not enough to interest the average hunter. Yet they are needed to be processed and made into equipment for soldiers serving in the arctic regions.The deer meat is also expected to alleviate the meat shortage to some extent. Two things are urged upon hunters, that they cooperate in these war aids, and second, that they use every precaution to prevent brush and forest fires. (Oct. 7)
One thousand packs of cigarettes, paid for by patriotic Aspen citizens, will be on their way soon to the boys in service overseas, as a result of a decision made Monday night at Lions club. Already over 500 packs have been paid for, and the Lions club will advance the difference, the additional 500 packs, so that Aspen will get credit with cards inserted in the packages for having donated the cigarettes.This adds to the billions of free cigarettes which are pouring in a steady stream across the seas to the boys on all fighting fronts. The tobacco companies are matching donations by millions of cigarettes themselves, so that cigarettes should be available everywhere soldiers and sailors may be.Look for the containers in every place of business in Aspen. Drop a nickel, a dime, a quarter – anything will help to swell this fund. Help this good cause along. (Oct. 21)
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