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Figured Recognized by PTA

Pennsylvania Game Commission Northeast Region Director Daniel Figured was recently presented with the Pennsylvania Trappers Association’s (PTA) 2017 Conservationist of the Year Award for his contributions to wildlife management and support of Pennsylvania’s trappers. 

The award was presented to Figured at the Game Commission Northeast Region office in Dallas by PTA past president Brian Mohn and PTA Public Relations Director Barry Warner. 

Figured is responsible for directing and coordinating all Game Commission wildlife law enforcement, wildlife-management, and habitat enhancement programs within the 13 counties that comprise the Northeast Region. 

“Dan has been a tremendous asset to Pennsylvania’s trappers by providing training for wildlife conservation officers in the areas of best management trapping practices, nuisance wildlife control, and positive public relations,” said Warner. “In addition, Officer Figured recognizes the critical role that regulated trapping plays in scientific wildlife management and supports the PTA in its training, educational, and public outreach programs.”

PGC Photo (L-R) PTA past president Brian Mohn; Game Commission NE Region Director Daniel Figured; PTA Public Relations Director Barry Warner.

Dutch Elsasser

Donald E. “Dutch” Elsasser, 78, of McAlisterville passed away on June 29, 2017.  Dutch was born on February 23, 1939, in Fayette Township, Juniata County.  On June 10, 2006 he married his surviving wife, Rebecca L. (Landis) Elsasser, with whom he was blessed to share more than 11 years of marriage.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Douglas R. Elsasser and his wife Michelle, of Cocolamus, Cassi L. Stouffer and her husband Tom, of McAlisterville, Donna L. O’Neill and her husband Mark, of Southbury, CT, Wendy S. Elsasser, Kayla M. Hoke both of McAlisterville; a brother, Kenneth R. Elsasser, of McAlisterville, 9 precious grandchildren, Andrew, Andrea, Patrick, Tara, Robert, Walker, Zane, C.J., Austin; also he leaves behind his great grandchildren, Logan, Camden, Owen, Kyle, Saoirse, and Parker and 2 very special 4 legged children, Annie and Jackie.   A brother, Joseph W. Elsasser, preceded him in death.

     His memberships included Brown’s United Methodist Church, McAlisterville, the PA Farm Bureau, Fayette Sportsman Club, Lost Creek Trout Club, NRA, and a life member of the Pennsylvania Trappers Association (life member #147).  His favorite hobbies and pastimes were hunting and trapping, playing ping pong, pitching horse shoes and playing the card game Hoss.

     Very early in life, he sold and repaired bicycles until working in the mailroom for PennDOT, Harrisburg.  Later he started raising beef cattle on the family farm and then operated a sawmill.  “Dutch” is best known for his fur trading business, Cocolamus Creek Supply, which he had operated for more than 50 years buying furs and ginseng and providing a full line of trapping supplies to his customers.  In 1976 Cocolamus Creek Supply moved into the former Smith Store in Cocolamus and began selling groceries and sporting goods.  Mr. Elsasser also owned and operated Cocolamus Creek Rentals, Dutch’s Auto Sales, Sandee’s Place, and a sporting goods store in Mifflin.  In 1986, he started Cocolamus Creek Disposal and also operated Hollow Farm Retreat and owned the Cocolamus Lake.

     The last few years Dutch held an annual customer appreciation day at Cocolamus Lake nicknamed “Dutch Day”.  Food and drinks were provided and there were giveaways of trapping supplies and trapping demonstrations.  Many remember him especially promoting trapping with the younger outdoorsmen and women at Dutch Day.  The event grew each year with many trappers from all over Pennsylvania attending.

     Dutch’s greatest passion in regards to the trapping industry was fur trading.  He bought furs nationwide and internationally having many contacts in Canada.  Dutch was a staple at the PA fur sales and was a major player in regards to quantities purchased.  Dutch also attended and bought fur at auctions in surrounding states like New York and Virginia.  Dutch was well known for paying good prices for fur, and often one could tell if he attended an auction by looking at the averages.

     He attended many national and state conventions and could usually be found in the tailgater section with his trailer providing a full line of trapping supplies.  Dutch even had his own lure line which he formulated himself and sold under the Cocolamus Creek label.  Anyone who did business with Dutch knew he did not like to be undersold and most times offered the lowest prices on traps at the conventions he attended.  It was at these many conventions that Dutch got to know a lot of his customers and his customers got to hear his signature catch phrase, “Are you with me?”

FTA Appreciation Plaques

Presented to the PTA for their support to the Fur Takers of America.  FTA also receives donations from individual districts and individual trappers as well.

 

Tom Sites Memorial Bench

On June 4, 2017 District #8 of the P.A. Trappers Assn met to dedicate a bench in honor of Tom Sites,at the Strawberry Hill Nature Center in Adams County P.A . Tom was a PTA Life member, former Director of District #8, PTA state Secretary, and was inducted into the PTA Hall of Fame in 2003 with his wife Jackie, longtime PTA state Treasurer. Tom’s dedication and leadership were second to none and will long be remembered in our District. We were very honored to have Tom’s family present to share this day with us.

Teresa Siko

From Dave Eckles:

It’s sad news that I have to report the news of the passing of Teresa Siko, proprietor of TnT Fur Buyers in Latrobe, PA. Trappers in District 3 and the rest of the state have lost a great lady and true icon in the business.

Obituary:

Theresa Ann (Butz) Siko, 66, a lifelong resident of Latrobe, passed away at home Saturday, June 24, 2017, after a courageous two-year battle with cancer. She was born Aug. 12, 1951, the daughter of the late Stanley E. Butz and Leona E. (Burick) Butz. Theresa was the owner and operator of T&T Fur Buyers in Latrobe and was a member of the Pennsylvania Trappers Association. When she wasn’t hard at work, she loved to be outdoors and adored spending time with her family, friends and canine companions. She was a talented cook, often preparing delicious meals, making sure no one left the house on an empty stomach. Her energy and spirit were a gift to all who had the pleasure of knowing her; she had a strong spirit that never wavered, even through her brave struggle with illness. She will be fondly remembered for her big heart, warm personality, and beautiful, beaming smile. Theresa is survived by her husband of 45 years, Richard J. Siko, also of Latrobe; daughter, Carrie (Joseph) Horner, and son, Timothy (Stephanie) Siko, all of Greensburg; brothers, Raymond (Dorothy) Butz and Thomas (Judy) Butz, all of Latrobe; numerous sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, and many nieces and nephews; as well as her two special grand-dogs, Minnie Pearl and Patty. She is also survived by her longtime, special friends Jan, Erma and Donna. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Walter “Fuzzy” Butz; her in-laws, Susan and Julius Siko; and sister-in-law, Mary Ann Kutzer. The family would like to thank the staff of Arnold Palmer Cancer Center and nurse Cary for their sincere compassion and care.

Family and friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A prayer service will be held at 8 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to LAIVC Faith in Action, P.O. Box 854, Latrobe, PA 15650.

PTA Presidents: Past & Present

Left to right: Current PTA President Charlie Sykes, with former Presidents, Ferris Dissinger, Brian Mohn, Rod Zullinger, Rich Bohn