City Of Olney

4061 E 7 Hills Ln, Olney, Illinois 62450-3727 USA

“See rare albino squirrels!”

Olney is known for its population of white squirrels. There are two hypotheses about how there came to be white squirrels in Olney. The first is that in 1902 William Stroup was out hunting and shot a gray female squirrel. The shot knocked the two babies out of a nest, and he brought them home to his children. They were later sold to Jasper Banks, who put them on display in front of his saloon. The second is that George W. Ridgely and John Robinson captured a cream colored squirrel and then raised several litters of them before bringing a pair to Olney in 1902. Mr. Ridgely sold the pair to Jasper C. Banks for $5 each. Mr. Banks made a green box for his albinos and displayed them in his saloon window. The second is that George W. Ridgely and John Robinson captured a cream colored squirrel and then raised several litters of them before bringing a pair to Olney in 1902. Mr. Ridgely sold the pair to Jasper C. Banks for $5 each. Mr. Banks made a green box for his albinos and displayed them in his saloon window.

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City Of Olney

4061 E 7 Hills Ln
Olney, Illinois
62450-3727 USA

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