Mo Castonguay was a stone mason by trade and hailed from Massachusetts. He had a building to house his birds that would be the envy of any poultry fancier. It was concrete block and had large pens for breeding and conditioning. It was kept at 70 degrees, year round and afforded him to raise many excellent White and Gray Japanese.
Mo was frustrated with the predominant green shank and toe color of the Grays, especially females. For years he showed only Gray males as a result. Mo usually travelled with Ernie Durb (Mottled Japs and Modern Games) and Ed Ritz of White Leghorn bantam fame.
Wherever Mo showed his birds, they were major contenders for high prizes. He was counseled by a Cochin breeder from New England to cross the blacks and whites (as Cochin breeders often do) and as a result had great hybrid vigor manifesting itself in huge tails, very wide feather and large combs and wattles in the Whites.
Mr. Castonguay is a Master Breeder of White Japanese.
Joe Wojnar was pioneer of the Japanese breed. He was instrumental in importing quality stock. Mr. Wojnar was a florist by trade and owned and operated the business Pine Hill Gardens in Enfield Connecticut. He lived on the same property which had a large barn and several small coops outdoors under towering hemlock and oak trees. It was there that he raised his beloved Japanese bantams in many varieties of smooth and frizzled. He was particularly fond of the frizzles and so wanted to get frizzled black-tailed whites. He was able to import several varieties from abroad.
When Leonard Tefteller was in the service, he sent Joe lots of hatching eggs and several shipments of birds. Mille Fleur, Brown Red, Black Breasted Red (partridge bred) and Black Tailed Buff. The only disappointment was with the Mille Fleurs. The male was dead in the box upon the trio's arrival and one of the females died shortly afterward. The one remaining hen lived to be quite old, but despite having been bred to many different males, never produced a chick.
Joe was not eager or willing to part with his stock. He did sell excellent birds on occasion. When he died, his stock was shared by Richard Laabs and Paul Kroll. His frizzles were sent to Dr. Loretta Schmidgall in York, Pa. His excellent quality birds were a benchmark in the Northeast for many years. Mr.Wojnar served as President of the JBBA.
Jim & Earline ButlerJim & Earline Butler of Savannah, Georgia brought the White Japanese to prominence. Their birds were noted for well-developed tails and wide heads. The Butlers are ABA Master Breeders of White Japanese. She got her start in the mid-70s with stock from Fred Woodham, fairs, and a few others, and mixed them together. Her white females were able to hold their wings up just enough so as to not be too badly damaged. She was a fierce competitor, who showed with Jim until health problems forced them to quit in 1992. They also showed BTW, Grays and Blues, though none were as successful as their Whites. She says her secret was that "you have to love them."