By Dianne Ruud
As promised, today we are enjoying the third and final advertisement for the wonderful fishing lures once manufactured in Preston by the iconic, “Lazy Dazy Bait Company!”
Large, bold letters spelling out the “DAZY SPINRITE SPINNER,” cover a big fish at the top of the advertisement! Beneath that phrase it says: “use for spinning, casting, fly rod, trolling.” Three more phrases below that heading say: “IF YOU WANT THE BEST GIVE THESE THE TEST;” “SPINNING ACTION FOR FISHING SATISFACTION;” “FOR ALL TYPES OF FISH.”
Below those captions three different Spinrite Spinners are illustrated. There are two paragraphs in fine print below them and they say: “Dazy Spinrite Spinners made of the best rust-proof wire, with bright brass weights and hammered finish Colorado blades in polished brass and nickel.” “All three sizes available with plain treble hooks or with streamers in the most popular patterns. Mounted one dozen each size to display card, streamers in assorted colors.”
And in the lower right corner of the advertisement there appears one more paragraph: “Our hammered finish Colorado spinner blades in brass and nickel are the proven favorites of fishermen everywhere.”
Now, all of these years later, the uniqueness and beauty of these collectible lures are still, “Proving to be favorites of fishermen everywhere.”
Please note that after the first column about the Lazy Dazy Bait Company appeared in this column, two grandsons of Albert and Anna Ellinger left comments online shedding more light on the history of the amazing company!
Gary Ellinger wrote: “My Grandfather, Albert Ellinger, started the wooden plug called the LAZY IKE. My Dad and Grandfather decided to make it quicker to sell, they came up with the plastic plug called the LAZY DAZY. The patent for LAZY DAZY was stolen by KAUTSKY of Rochester. The name that now appears on the Lazy Dazy.”
Bob Ellinger wrote: “Al and Anna Ellinger were my grandparents. My dad Don bought the company in 1956 and sold it in 1962. Helen Nelson Buche passed last summer. Anyone wanting more Lazy Dazy info can call me at (972) 979-5247. Bob.”
Thank you to both of you for supplying more information about this wonderful company that had its home in Preston so many years ago.
Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family of Helen Nelson Buche upon her passing last summer.