Posted on 21 January 2016.
Today is Squirrel Appreciation Day. (Don’t believe us? Get the rest of the story at this link.)
Do you like squirrels? Ballston Spa resident Sherman Hayner certainly did. Check out this article from the October 25, 1883 Saratoga Sentinel.
Sherman Hayner, of the Hayner house, has added two fox squirrels, male and female, to his “menagerie.” He brought them from Michigan recently, having caught the male with his own hands. The large wire house now contains a pair of native Saratoga County grey squirrels, an Albino squirrel caught on the fair grounds a year ago; a black squirrel, caught near Milton Center, and the pair of Michigan fox squirrels. The male of the latter is as large as a small cat. Its body is light grey, with a yellow belly, and its most striking peculiarity is its red tail, which is four inches longer than its body, and is worn thrown up over the back to the shoulders and then folded back upon itself very gracefully. The collection forms a “happy family,” that attracts much curiosity.
Black Fox Squirrel Image from William Dwight Whitney The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language (New York, NY: The Century Co., 1911) Accessed through etc.usf.edu/clipart/63000/63084/63084_fox_squirrel.htm.