For each Newsletter, we will be including a story about the history of the Canton Audubon Society. These stories will be added here as they are published.
Canton Audubon Society Celebrates 50 Years by Lee Dolan
The honorary founder of the organization was Mr. Olias White, an ordained minister. Mr. White was from Bethany, WV. He received his masters degree from West Virginia University and served as a chaplain in World War I. While living in Florida, he developed an interest in birds and became a lecturer on them. He later moved to the Canton, Ohio area. At age of 95, Mr. White wrote a letter on January 11, 1962, to the Canton Repository stating that he felt there should be an Audubon Society in Canton, Ohio. His letter was titled “Protection Urged for Our Feathered Friends.” That letter brought action from another Canton area resident, Mr. Jack Minger, a member of the National Audubon Society. Mr. Minger, along with Judy Small, a reporter from the Canton Repository, and Arnold Fritz, a science professor at Malone College, held the initial meeting for the Canton Audubon Society.