Teenager finds gold in 'pickling' deer hides
By RICHARD F. BELISLE
WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Most boys his age earn extra money with paper routes or by clerking in grocery stores, but Marshall Noll finds gold in a stack of greasy, smelly deer hides in an old shed behind his house, a stack that's getting higher every day.
Noll, 15, a Waynesboro Area Senior High School freshman, is a wholesaler of deer hides. He buys them from hunters and sells them to a middleman who sells them to a tanner. The hides are turned into gloves, vests and other apparel and accessories.
Hunters learn that Noll buys hides from a sign he stuck in the ground at the end of Pine Hill Road where he lives or through a small local newspaper ad that he ran. He also parks his wheelbarrow in front of his driveway with a hide in it. Often, he said, he finds one or two more have been dropped off in it. "I leave a note telling people to leave their names so I can pay them, but they mostly never do. Deer hides aren't worth much to hunters," he said.