The Way We Were:
Excerpts from the 1962 CFA Yearbook, Part 7

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History of the Siamese Cat, 1940s and 1950s, Part 3
by Carlon Boren

Competition in the Siamese cats here in America was becoming keener and keener. In the previous years, before the war, there had been a number of cats imported to America from England, among them were: Lemling English Rose, Lemling Treasure Boy, Lemling Britannia Pergo, Kentshill Ermyntrude, Spotlight Pankeeto, Bynes Wo Ling, Prestwick Blue Seamist, and Lemling Lady Essex.

Now in the mid nineteen-fifties, there was a great number of new imports to America from England. The Siamese breeder was determined to improve the type of the Siamese here in America.

In 1951, Mrs. R.K. Knight, of Oregon, imported two Siamese, Lemling Lochinvar (CH Prestwick Penglima Pertima x Sima of Shrublands) and Morris Heather (Landale Simon Pie x Morris Una).

Earlier in 1954, Mrs. Rex Naugle had imported a chocolate female, CH Doneraile Brun Malvana. She mated her to the male which had been imported by Lillian King, named CH Beauchat Brunnescens Lynn of Wu, and which was bred by Mrs. O’Statham of Kings Lynn.

Mrs. Vera Nelson of Braintree, MA, who is well known throughout the United States, as an authority and breeder of fine Siamese, also imported Doneraile stock. Her Petita, Dimple and Drucilla were some of those she imported about 1953.

In 1956, Mrs. John Hoag of Darien, CT, added Quesi Spiritoso to her well known Bridle Trail Cattery. Her first import had been the English bred Sukianga Seabreeze (bred by Mrs. Varcoe). Then Silken Pedro (bred by Mrs. Highlon). At a later date, she added Quesi Mysterioso, a Seal Point female, bred by Mrs. Biggs.

In 1956, Mrs. Wendall Thompson, of Ossipee, NH, had a Chocolate Point male selected for her, by Mr. Sitrling-Webb, named Micks-The-Boy.

Mr. G.L. Stewart of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, has had a number of first class Siamese kittens imported to him from England, at various times. First, Purland Chakan (breeder Mrs. Butler), then followed Lancy Juliette (breeder Mrs. Appleyard) and Beaumanor Tookie (breeder Miss Lant). His third consignment was Pennenden Anne (breeder Miss Grainger). In 1956, he imported still another, Miss Ann Codrington’s Star-turn Watermill Trinkabella, and in 1957, Seax Tsa Chu and Klamath Floreda.

Inwood Gentian, bred by Mrs. McGregor - owner of the world-famous Inwood Shadow – was exported to Mrs. Charles Visher of NY.

Mrs. A.P. Tyler of Houston, TX, imported a male, Causeway Lucienne in 1957, and in 1958 a female, Killdown Cassandra, of Ty-Ru, bred by Mrs. Keene.

To Mrs. Dorris Barstown of Plaintview, NY, went Tschudi Sheba and Tschudi Tama in 1957.

Laurentide Thio, bred by Mrs. Hargreaves, was purchased by M. Christy in 1957.

In 1959, Mrs. Anne Watling of Santa Barbara, sent for a female which was bred to CH Prestwick Blue Crackers, So Tensen Petti-Sing, and from time to time she has had several more imports sent her from England. Her first import was Spotlight Hairstreak, then followed by Prestwick Perlinda, and a Chocolate Point named Sayam Traviata.

In 1959, Mrs. E. Warfel of South Pasadena, CA, imported that lovely Seal female, Du-Bu Faith of Domineau.

Mrs. Virginia Cobb of Newton, MA, has from time to time imported about seven Siamese, her latest one is a Doneraile and was imported in 1960.

From the interchange of all these imported bloodlines among the breeders of the Siamese, the Siamese were bound to improve. Our own American bloodlines were also intermingled with those from England, and it was a combination of all that was good from these cats that resulted in the beautiful Siamese that were exhibited in the next ten years in the show ring here in America. I wish it were possible to print here the pictures of all the lovely Siamese from this era to our present 1962, but this we cannot do.


As the All Sectional awards continued in Cats Magazine for the year 1952, we find new names of breeders of the Siamese.

In the South the Shawnee Cattery, which was owned by Nikki Horner, won the Blue Point male award. Shawnee had some of the finest bloodlines: Siam’s, Purachatr, Rasna, Newton and Vee Roi. Her Blue male was that famous Shawnee’s Lad-O’Nite. Mrs. Edward Voke, Norfolk, VA, won in the Blue Point female class with her CH Rosebank Chrysanta Royalist. Mrs. Lucas B. Combs, won the Seal male class with her import Briarry Samson. The Seal female winner was Dbl CH Cuthpa D’Ista, belonging to Mrs. R.M. Cuthberton of Texas.

For this same year, the Midwestern wins for the Blue Points went again to Mrs. Hecht – Vee Roi’s Lantara Gene, and also Vee Roi’s Blue Knight. The Seal male winner was a cat which belonged to Mrs. La Verne Chapman, Birmingham, MI, Hollycat Cyrano of Siama. The Seal female was Ammon Ra’s Little Fawn-Da, Mrs. Lillian Magner, Fort Wayne, IN.

In the Western area, the Seal male winner was Yandon’s My Kee, Mrs. Del Yandon, Spokane, WA. CH Hollywood Champagne won the Seal Point female class, she was owned by Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bjerring of North Hollywood, CA. The Blue Point male was CH Kewalo Lei Krampert, owned by Mr. E.W. Krampert, Casper, WY, and his Blue female won too, Hollywood’s Blue Velvet.

In the East, an import of Mrs. Agnes F. Rand, from Mineola, NY, won the Seal male class – Dbl CH Astra’s Morris Lindex (imp). The female win went to Dbl and GC Cymri Dee-Va, owned by Mrs. Lillian Pedulla. The Blue male winner was Dbl CH Hollycat Blue Mickey, Mrs. Howard Stackhouse, Mt Holly, NY. The Blue female win was Tpl CH Vee Roi’s Violet Lady, Mrs. Alice S. Dugan, Hartsdale, NY.

From the above wins, the All American was won by CH Kewalo Lei Krampert, the Blue Point male; Tpl CH Vee Roi’s Violet Lady, the Blue Point female; Dbl CH Astra’s Morris Lindex (imp), the Seal Point male; and Dbl and GC Cymri Dee-Va, the Seal Point female, who had set a world’s record by winning double and Grand Championship in just eleven weeks. Mrs. Lillian Pedulla, the breeder who had established her cattery in Norristown, PA, advertised Dee-Va as being 100% American-bred from her own Cymri Cri-Ket. To top it all off, Dee-Va, went Best Cat of the Year, Opposite Sex, for 1952.

And now, the Siamese classes were to be increased by a new color of Siamese, and the Seal Point and Blue Point Siamese would be competing in the sectional and All American with these cats.




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