Family Heirloom Comes Full Circle

Mandy likes to point out my family has a tendency has to hang onto stuff for a long time.  My uncle, John Quenneville purchased a box of clay pigeons in Richmond Michigan on October 8th 1976.

Clay Pigeon Recipt
Clay Pigeon Receipt

John only used a few of the clay pigeons and put his empty shotgun shell casings in the box.  John tragically passed away and my grandfather was given this box of clay pigeons.  When my grandfather passed away in January of 2012 this box was still in his possession.  I was given the box and noticed it was made in Findlay Ohio.

Clay Pigeon Box
Clay Pigeon Box

There is a nature preserve a short walk from my house that was donated by the DuPont Corporation.  The famous Blue Rock clay pigeons were excavated from this site’s blue clay.

Blue Rock Nature Preserve
Blue Rock Nature Preserve

Some of the clays survived the many years without cracking.  The local newspaper wrap helped protect them despite the fact clays are as fragile as eggs.  They are a bright yellow color which I found intriguing as modern clay pigeons are orange.

Blue Rock Clay Pigeons Wrapped In Newspaper
Blue Rock Clay Pigeons Wrapped In Newspaper
Blue Rock Clay Pigeon
Blue Rock Clay Pigeon
Blue Rock Clay Pigeons Wrapped In Newspaper
Blue Rock Clay Pigeon

I wonder if any other Blue Rock clay pigeons still exist.  I bet they have an interesting history as well.  I was thinking I should donate a clay pigeon to Findlay’s time capsule.  Findlay dug up its last time capsule during its bicentennial celebration this year.

As a side note, Barkley loves the Blue Rock Nature Preserve.  He is ready to run around the preserve and sniff everything.

Barkley (the Pomeranian) at Blue Rock Nature Preserve
Barkley (the Pomeranian) at Blue Rock Nature Preserve