REPORTS FROM EARLY CAT SHOWS IN MINNEAPOLIS AND ST PAUL
MINNESOTA SHOW - The Saint Paul Globe, January 14, 1900
It has long: been considered the proper thing for poultry breeders of the Northwest to exhibit their thoroughbred chickens at the Minnesota Poultry association's annual show. [. . .] as each year sees the number of exhibitors increased, the territory represented enlarged, it is expected that at the fourteenth annual exhibition to be held in this city, Feb. 5 to 10, poultry yards from almost every part of the United States will be represented. [. . .] The pet stock department promises to be of unusual interest, including as it will rabbits, Belgian hares, cats, guinea pigs, mice and rats. It will be the first cat show held west of Chicago, and the number of fine felines owned in the Twin Cities alone seemed to warrant the poultry association in introducing this feature.
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MINNEAPOLIS CAT SHOW – The Minneapolis Journal, February 13, 1901
It is probable that a special cat show will be held early in the summer, probably in Minneapolis, as a result attending the success of the cat department of this [Northwestern Poultry Show] exhibition.
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THE CAT AND HEN SHOW – The Minneapolis Journal, January 22nd, 1902
Some person or persons unknown recently sent to this column a pamphlet describing the Minnesota state poultry exhibition to be held in St. Paul Jan. 29 to Feb. 4 inclusive. Holding sessions synchronously with, the Hen Show, is a Cat Show, -called “the Second Annual Cat Show.” Neither has the picture of the Belgian hare been turned to the wall. That simple but industrious animal will also exhibit his wonderful powers as a moneymaker at this show.
The writer of this column is interested in hens and cats, inasmuch as he has a claim during the summer of trying to run a garden in which these animals take a personal interest. Hens with telegraph-pole-climbing affairs on their feet have been known to come for two blocks to step on this garden and to see the rich black earth rise in the air from their feet. And a large Maltese cat with a song concealed about her person like the sound of a circular saw striking a pine knot used to roll in the bed of Painted Lady poppies and purr in a hoarse and raucous manner. Several times a half brick rose up in this garden and chased the hens and cats around the corner with an almost human intelligence. One day the hammer and the top of the ash sifter were not three feet behind the cat as she slid gracefully through the fence. Had these primitive weapons of defense been a bit quicker in their flight, I know of a party who would have been glad to make entries in the hen and cat shows, provided the victims had kept that long.
The rules of the cat show are rather interesting, but the public will be sorry to note that “the superintendent will use diligence for the care and safety of all cats exhibited. But it must be distinctly understood by all exhibitors that the management will not be responsible for loss or damage to any cat exhibited.” This last is better. All is not lost until the show is over. Many things may happen.
—A. J. Russell.
BLUE RIBBON CATS – The Minneapolis Journal, January 25, 1902
The award of prizes in the St. Paul cat show was made yesterday, Mrs. J. McCullough of Indianapolis acting as judge. The show will close to-night. The awards were as follows:
Best cat in the show, Bob Ingersoll, a black Angora, owned by U. F. Lemire.
Best tabby cat in the show, U. F. Lemire.
Best kennel of short-haired cats, Charles Lundberg, Dassel, Minn.
Best kitten in the show, Prince Li Hung Chang.
Best short-haired cat in the show, Sir Thomas Lipton, owned by Mrs. William Bosche.
Best cat from Stillwater, Fluffy, owned by N. D. Lammers.
Most unique exhibit of pet stock, U. W. Good.
Largest kennel display, U. F. Lemire.
Best three-months-old kitten, Sweet Briar, owned by Mrs. E. M. Sloggy.
Best silver tabby, Prince Silver Bubbles, owned by Mrs. E. M. Sloggy.
Best tabby and white cat in the show, Tiger, owned by Miss Lillian Moore.
Special prize, Marc Antony, owned by Miss Meeker.
Best toy dog, Mrs. Philip Schweitzer.
Best Yorkshire [Terrier], Mr. Young.
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MANY SAW THE CHICKENS Second Day of the Crowds - Prize Chickens and Cats. - The Minneapolis Journal from Minneapolis, Minnesota. January 30, 1903
An attendance of 2,200 demonstrated yesterday the marked success of the annual exhibition of the Minnesota Poultry association. No previous display has received so large a patronage. The members of the Poultry association will dine to-night at the Commercial Club After dinner the association will hold its annual meeting. [...] In the cat department the greatest number of prizes was won by W R. H Sinnett. His cat Toodles, the winner of the Chicago cup, secured first prize, a silver bread tray. Toodles also gained for Mr. Sinnett the association cup as well as the Beresford medal for the best white cat. Additional prizes for Mr Sinnett were Beresford medal, for best female cat, Josephine, Boutell's donation rug, best female Angora, Josephine, pair ladies' kid gloves for best short-haired kitten Nellie, Boston prize for tes long-haired kitten Bonnie Eddie, and the prize for the best decorated cage. A pair of kid gloves for the best blue female cat went to Dr Patton of Minneapolis.
The Best Display. - A score of 18 points gave Mrs. E W Nettleton of St Paul the award for the best display of cats. Other awards in the cat department were Best blue male, a $15 vase, to Edwin Branch, Minneapolis. Best odd eyed cat, first, pair of skates, Mrs Nettleton's Peg, second subscription to Field and Fancy, Mrs Cummings' Fanchon. Best odd eyed female Mrs Nettleton's Peg Best tortoise shell kitten, box of bon bons, Isaac Tranter's Trix. Best common kitten J Peck's Lady Floss. Best tiger cat, pair of kid gloves, M A Booth's Minnie. Best short-haired kitten, palm, J Peck's Red Floss. Best orange female, cat crate; Mrs Searles' Pochantos. Best orange female second cat, german, Miss Frances Meeker's Mark Anthony. Best blue male under one year, Miss Emma Kress' Rado. Best cream kitten, Miss Frances Simpson's book on cats, Mrs Searles' Dudue. Best brace of White kittens, picture, Mrs W D Cary's St Gothard and Arnold Winkelried. Best short-haired neuter, bottle perfume, Mrs Schlenger's Topsy. Best white neuter, bottle perfume, Mrs Cummings' Cricket. Best orange male, bonbons, Mrs Searles. Best orange and white, Mrs. Van Metser's Prince Li Hung Chang.
A MEMORABLE CAT FIGHT - The Minneapolis Journal, 3rd January, 1903
The seventeenth annual exhibition of the state poultry association is to be held in Minneapolis from Jan. 28 to Feb. 4, with as fine a lot of biddies as ever scratched the soil of Minnesota or tossed off fresh eggs in January. In addition to a show of chickens, people who have pigeons, Belgian hares or other pet stock will be given a chance to display their wares while a cat show is promised that will make the fur fly all along the line. Mrs. F. R. Woodruff of this city is superintendent of the cat show and Mrs. Charles Hampton Lane of Chicago is judge. The Beresford ca£ club rules will govern, but no fighting allowed.
Speaking of cat shows reminds me of the most gorgeous cat show I ever saw, the memory of which still lingers in the mind. I was young then and possibly the glamour of youth had something to do with it. The family cat, a large, cross female mouser with whiskers, had recently made six additions to the family and seemed to feel a necessity to defend the premises. The house had large windows coming down to the floor and opening on a piazza. It was early summer and the windows stood open. One day a large blonde tomcat of an exploring turn of mind wandered in at the open window and our old ma-cat exploded.
All we saw for a moment thereafter was what looked like a whirling, misty bunch of fur and feathers about a yard in diameter in the center of the room. It went round and round and from it issued sounds that reminded everyone who heard them of a half a dozen saw mills all striking pine knots at once. When the bunch stopped for breath the blonde tomcat shot through the window and disappeared over the fence like a redheaded fat man falling over a balcony. Our cat stood around and growled under her breath for half an hour.
We boys thought the fight was a glorious one and it lingered long in our memories, but the ladies, somehow, didn’t seem to enter into the spirit of it at all. For a week thereafter there was cat down floating around in the parlor like “the fair white thistle down” of autumn.
CATS OF HIGH DEGREE Will Be an Attractive Feature of This Week’s Show.– The Minneapolis Journal, 26th January, 1903
The cat show which will open Wednesday as a feature of the poultry and pet stock exhibit at the old Town Market, Fifth street S, between Nicollet and Hennepin avenues, promises to be something of a social affair. Several prominent women will be among the exhibitors and they have interested their friends so that society will be present to inspect the aristocratic kittens. Mrs. F. R. Woodruff, who has charge of the arrangements, has planned to serve coffee and wafers afternoon and evening, and in the evening Lafayette Mason will give a program of instrumental numbers. Elmer Brooks has loaned a piano and Yerxa has agreed to furnish refreshments. The Powers’ Mercantile company will decorate the cat department and Donaldson's and the New England are arranging the decorations for the poultry, show.
Mrs. Hampton-Lane of the Berrisford [Beresford] kennels, Chicago, who is to act as judge, will arrive Tuesday and with Mrs. Woodruff will be entertained at the Russell Coffee House during the show. Mrs. Lane will bring with her a number of Chicago pussies, and among them will be her own Siamese cat, which is for exhibition only. The entries include the cats of Mmes. W. S. Kott, L. K. Hull. Evans, W. W. Eastman, Schlenker, Williamson, Miss Slocum, the Misses Meeker, William Sinnett, W. W. Waldron, Edwin Branch, George Peavey, Dr. T. H. Roberts of Minneapolis, Mrs. Knox Bacon, Misses Cummings and Alice Mclntire, St. Paul; Mrs. Searles, Stillwater; Mrs. Louis Kemp, Huron. S. D. About 75 cats have been entered and the majority of them are long haired, angoras. Many of them have won prizes at other shows and are cats of rare beauty and great value. The show will continue four days and on the closing night a cat will be given away. The premiums for the cats are on exhibition at Yerxa’s, with those for the poultry show.
FUSS AND FEATHERS – The Minneapolis Journal, 28th January 1903
Aristocratic Fowls of All Descriptions Come to the State Poultry Show. Also There Are Cats on View and They Are Certainly Beauties.
Dogs, cats, ducks, geese, pigeons, turkeys, peacocks and canary birds, assisted 2.0000 chickens to animate this morning at 25-27 Fifth street S, the opening of the seventeenth annual exhibition of Minnesota State Poultry association. It is not only the biggest but the best show that the association has given.
The cat show on the second floor would be praised by a mouse. The finest cat in America - a long-haired Angora from Chicago - is the acknowledged king, or queen, of the contestants. It is valued at $1,200. There are coon cats; also tiger cats, blue-eyed Maltese cats; “turtle shell” cats; cats whose eyes don’t match: “minx” cats, that fight like a girl; and Manx cats, who omit their tails. The fattest cat is a member of the Minneapolis fire department, and weighs 38 pounds.
Every purchaser of a ticket to the show will obtain an opportunity to win one of the daily prizes. To-night there will be two fine pair of chickens. Subsequent prizes will include blue-blooded pigeons and a wild Angora kitten. The show will close next Tuesday evening.
MINNESOTA POULTRY SHOW – Lead Daily Call, 28th January, 1903.
Minneapolis, Minn.. Jan. 28.—All of the states of the northwest and several of the provinces of Canada are represented at the annual exhibition of the Minnesota state poultry association which opened in this city today and will continue until Wednesday of next week The display of turkeys, geese, chickens, ducks and other varieties of fowl is one of the best ever seen in this part of the country. A cat show is also an interesting feature of the exhibition.
POULTRY SHOW OPENS TODAY – The Saint Paul Globe, 28th January, 1903.
State Association Completes Arrangement for Big Exhibition.
What promises to be the best poultry and cat show ever held in Minneapolis will be opened this morning at 26 and 27 Fifth street south. A large force of men and women was at work all day yesterday putting the finishing touches on the booths, coops and decorations. [. . .] The Minnesota Poultry association, under whose auspices the show is being held, has spared no expense in making arrangements for the big exhibition.
Seventy-five cats have entered at the cat show on Fifth street between Nicollet and Hennepin. Any dog who wanders in will know from experience what the slang phrase, “a hot dog.” means. – The Minneapolis Journal, 28th January, 1903.
POULTRY SHOW PLANS – The Minneapolis Journal, 8th December, 1903
During the days between and including Jan. 13-19 the old city hall will once more become a scene of activity and the public will once more throng its hallways to see the animals. The occasion will be the annual show of the Minnesota Poultry association.
While nearly all the building will be given over to poultry the old council chamber will be devoted to the cat show. Among those who will give addresses in the course of the week will be James J. Hill, and Former Governor Hoard of Wisconsin. Exhibitions will be made from several towns in the state, the premiums will be awarded and the catalog printed the first night, and rates will be granted on all railroads.
CAT SHOW HOAX – The Minneapolis Journal, 9th December, 1903
Visitors went into raptures over the wonderful beauty of a cat entered at the Beresford Cat club exhibit by Miss Louise Fergus, a Rogers Park young society woman and youngest member of the board of exhibitors. This alleged Persian cat of high degree and exquisite fur was curled up in a pink satin cage, but was always asleep and the Attendant would not permit visitors to awaken him. The "sleeping beauty” became quite the rage. When the judges, dignified and blase, came to see the wonderful cat they could not restrain feminine cries of admiration. They informally decided that that Rogers Park entry would take high honors, and when they came to casting up for points and for classifying the animal the discovery was made that the fine Persian cat was only a silver fox muff, cunningly arranged by Miss Fergus and her jesting friends in the bed of pink satin.
MINNESOTA’S BIG POULTRY SHOW – The Minneapolis Journal, 2nd January, 1904
Finest Poultry, Pigeons and Pet Stock and Cats in America Will Be Shown at Old City Hall January 13 to 19 Under Auspices of the Minnesota State Poultry. The Cat Show promises to be especially attractive this year, Mrs. Woodruff, the superintendent, being assured of at least 100 from the feline family; from the rare Manx, Siamese, long-haired, white, blue, tortoise, black, smoke, orange, cream or fawn, self-silver, with blue eyes, golden eyes, odd eyed, and kennels of beautiful kittens, to the back fence serenader, plain gray Thomas.
In this department several valuable special prizes will be awarded, and are likely to bring out a big exhibit in these special classes.
For best cat shown by any school girl under the age of 15.
For best cat shown by any school boy under the age of 15.
For best cat shown by any fire department.
For best cat shown by any police station.
For best cat shown by any one in the postal service.
OVER 6,000 FINE BIRDS WILL BE SHOWN AT POULTRY SHOW BEGINNING WEDNESDAY — CAT SHOW LAST THREE DAYS – The Minneapolis Journal, 11th January, 1904
Arrangements for the accommodation of more than 6,000 fowls have been made by the management of the annual exhibit of the state poultry show to be given in the old city hall building, Jan. 13 to 19, and the entry list which closed Saturday indicates that the accommodations will be none too large.
[. . .] One of the big features of the show will be the display of cats during the last three days. Several hundred entries have been made in this department, which is under the direction of Mrs. Woodruff, and among these entries will be three immense coal-black toms from Kentucky.
BIDDY AND TABBY THE WHOLE THING. STATE POULTRY ASS’N EXHIBIT OPENS HERE TO-MORROW – The Minneapolis Journal, 12th January, 1904
To-morrow the liveliest and noisiest place in the city will be the old city hall, which is being filled up rapidly to-day with a temporary and excited population of chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, pigeons and cats. The eighteenth annual exhibition of the Minnesota State Poultry association is plainly marked for prosperity and success, for the 3,028 entries for the exhibit crowd the building more than the whole machinery of the city government ever did. Every room of the building is occupied and exhibits had to be refused for lack of space.
The list of prizes is a long and tempting one and these, with the high rating attached to the winning of an award in this exhibition, accounts for the splendid showing made in the entry lists. The prizes include ribbons and cash offered by the association in every class, twenty silver cups for many of the leading classes and special prizes offered by poultry clubs, poultry journals and individuals. The cat department is especially favored in specials both in cash prizes offered by the association, in cups and in articles of value.
Last year the cat show was one of the big drawing cards of the exhibit, and this year will greatly surpass in interest last year’s showing. Mrs. F. R. Woodruff, superintendent, is troubled by an embarrassment of richess and will have all the cats she can provide for — more than 100. These will include every variety and some famous prize-winners. The largest single exhibit will be by William Sinnett, who will show twenty cats, including his Toddles, white, with blue eyes, which has already won eight first prizes, and needs but two more to secure championship honors. Mr. Sinnett's Paris II and Mrs. George Peavey’s Prince Teddy are also important prize-winners. Prince Teddy is an enormous long-haired brown tabby. One of the handsome cats in the show will be a black Angora, with deep orange eyes, shown by Mr. Sinnett.
Mrs. E. M. Sloggy of St. Paul will have eleven fine cats, of which a tortoiseshell Angora is particularly fine. William Lammers of Stillwater will have seven blue, black and black-and-white Angoras. Mrs. Hugh King of the Chicago National Cat club will send five cats. There will be six of Mrs. Peavey’s cats shown by Mrs. Woodruff, whites with blue and with amber eyes, and a blue with amber eyes. Fred Eastman will show two blue Angoras. The cat show will not open till Friday.
LONE MUSKRAT CREATED PANIC - CAT SHOW EXHIBITORS FLED IN WILD ALARM – The Minneapolis Journal, 15th January, 1904
One lone muskrat almost broke up the cat department of the poultry show this morning and his adventures during a brief but lively half hour in the old city council chamber will probably give him food for reflection for many days to come. The innocent cause is credited at the exhibit with being tame, trained and generally domesticated, altho it stood against him that he had once lived at Keegan's lake.
For the past three days he has demurely occupied a small cage in the room where the cat show opened this morning and some twenty-five ladies whose pet felines were being prepared for exhibition were on the floor when the muskrat came out of his cage and started to investigate. A muskrat is only a muskrat, but a rat's a rat, and the ladies preparing the Angoras, tabbies; blues, tortoise shells and other varieties for the exhibition, took just one look at the visitor and deserted the scene at the rate of a mile a minute.
A small boy rushed down the three flights of stairs and gave Secretary George Loth to understand that the building was on fire, someone had been killed or that there had been a terrible disaster of some sort. When the secretary arrived on the scene, he found the twenty-five ladies crowded in the coatroom of the council chamber — which under ordinary conditions will hold about six people - and a badly scared muskrat trying to hide under a gasoline stove.
This little incident did not, however, materially delay the opening Of the cat show and there are now on exhibition several dozen of the finest things in tabby-land. “Solid blues,” “orange kittens,” “blue-eyed whites,” “silver kittens,” “brown tabbies,” white maltese, black Angoras and cats of many sorts are attracting hundreds of visitors to the old city hall building. Most of the cats are of royal blood, while all of them have pedigrees going back into ancient history. Paris II., son of Paris I.; Perry, the white Angora; Captain Bell, Dolly Varden, the only Spanish long-haired tortoiseshell in this country; Mrs. George Peavey’s brown tabby, Prince Teddy, and the latter’s son, Alvin Joslin, belonging to N. D. Lammers of Stillwater, are among the prize cats whose names and fames are familiar to all cat fanciers.
There are exhibits from Chicago, Blue Earth City, St. Paul, Stillwater and many other cities, while Minneapolis is well represented by the cats exhibited by Mrs. E. M. Sloggy, William R. H. Sibnett, Mrs. Peavey, Miss Edna Charlotte Miller, Mrs. A. M. Roberts and others. Angoras predominate altho there are cats of all kinds. Then there is a little four-eared kitten, a queerly-marked cat whose father and mother were born in the/Philippines [. . .]
CAT SHOW - The Minneapolis Journal, 16th January, 1904
The cat show, with its hundreds and more finest of feline specimens, is the big attraction at the old city hall building, altho the chickens have lost but little of their popularity.
CAT SHOW The Minneapolis Journal, 19th January, 1904
The annual show of the Minnesota Poultry association, which closes at the old city hall at 10 o’clock tonight, will, barring accident, be reckoned by fanciers in all parts of the west as one of the most successful t} ever held in this territory. The exhibits have been larger in number and variety and better in quality than ever before, the prizes awarded have been more numerous and more valuable, and the attendance has been greater than at either of the previous shows. The success of this year’s show has established it as a permanent Minnesota institution. Acting on this understanding, the directors of the association decided last night to have another exhibit next year and to retain the judges who have acted for this show. The necessity of securing larger quarters, however, is upon them, as the old city hall, with its three floors and twenty-two rooms, is far too small to accommodate either exhibitors or visitors.
The closing hours of the show will be marked by a general distribution of awards [. . .] There will also be many drawings for fowls and for the $25 Angora cat.
Toodles, owned by William H. R. Simnet of Minneapolis was given the first prize at the cat exhibit of the poultry show last night, giving him permanent possession of the Eustis and Jacobs association cups, now won twice in succession. Toodles also scores in the championship of America in the contest for the Beresford cup.
The awards made yesterday were:
White Angora — First, “Toodles,” William R. H. Simnet.
Black Angora — First, W. R. H. Simnet.
White Female Angora — First, W. R. H. Simnet.
Tortoise Shell Angora — First, W. R. H. Simnet.
Orange Male — First, “Li Hung Chang,” Mrs. Roberts.
Blue Male — First, “Captain Chic,” Mr. Laminers. Stillwater.
White Amber Eye — First, “Lady Annis,” Mrs. Nettleton, St. Paul.
Brown Tabby Kitten — First, “Jiggers,” Mrs. N. Goodrich.
Silver White, First, “Silver Bubbles,” Mrs. Sloggy, St. Paul.
Brown Tabby Gelding — First, “Prince Teddy,” George Peavey.
Brown Tabby Short Hair — First, Marc Bowman.
Blue White Short Hair — First, “Theodore Roosevelt,” Miss Olive B. Pindell.
Straight Maltese — First. Mrs. Malty Babcock.
Brown Male Kitten — First, “King Dodo,” Mrs. Koons.
Short-haired Neuter — First. Mrs. H. Scholtz.
Short-haired Blue Maltese — First, “Punch,” Mrs. Campbell.
Brown Tabby, Female — First, Mrs. Farrel, Duluth.
Cream Male — First, “Ben Hur,” Mrs. Farre], St. Paul:
Short-haired Tortoise Shell — First, “Trix”; second. “Tyke”; third, “Muff,” I. Tarenter.
Short-haired Blue-eyed White — First, “Topsy,” W. R. H. Simnet.
Short-haired Odd-eyed White — First, “Grace,” W. H. R. Simnet.
Short-haired Amber-eyed White — First“Maud,” W. H. R. Simnet.
“Silver Bubbles.” who wins the first prize for silver white, also wins the vase for the best cat judged by his descendants [note: cat that sires the most successful progeny]. This was won by Edwin Branch last year.
CAT OWNERS PLEASED – The Minneapolis Journal, 20th January, 1904
In appreciation of her excellent work as director of the cat department of the poultry show, the exhibitors in that department last night gave Mrs. Woodruff a handsome oak medicine chest. The gift is greatly appreciated because it was something- in which Mrs. Woodruff stood in need to complete the equipment for her new dog hospital.
BUILDING EXTRA COOPS – The Minneapolis Journal, 2nd January, 1905
Entries for the big poultry show which is to be held in the courthouse, Jan. 11 to 16 inclusive are coming in so rapidly that additional coops will have to be made. [. . .] In addition to poultry of all sorts, there will be a dog and cat show which will be as fine as anything of its kind in the country.
CATS AND DOGS ARE READY FOR CONTEST – The Minneapolis Journal, 7th January, 1905
Excitement runs high in the local catteries, and the Angora pussies and brown tabbies regard each other with suspicious disdain. The big blue Angora holds himself haughtily aloof as he notes with envious eyes the length of the ruff of the Silver, and the brown tabby shivers to think that her fur may not be as glossy as that of her rival across the street. Ordinary exercise and conditions have ceased and extra-ordinary methods are in order that each cat may put its best paw foremost at the cat show next week.
It is a serious matter to prepare an animal for a show in which the best stock, not only of the northwest, but of the country, will compete, and the cat fanciers are all wondering what place their cats will get in a competition in which over 100 are entered. Cats are unsatisfactory to put on dress parade for their nerves are apt to play havoc with their looks. That is why a cat show never lasts as long as other animal exhibitions.
The annual show of the Minnesota poultry association this year, will rival a three ring circus for cats and toy dogs will compete with the chickens for public attention. The shows will be held on the fourth floor of the court house, the cat show from Jan. 11 to 14, and the toy dogs from Han. 11 to 17.
No wonder the pussies are nervous, for in addition to the rigid preparation they must undergo, they will have to take a physical examination and Dr. C.E. Cotton will see that no diseased cat or dog is admitted to spread contagion. Mrs. E.M. Sloggy of St. Paul will have charge of the cat show, which will be according to the rules of the National Cat club of America, and a splendid collection of cups has been sent from Chicago to reward the successful pussies. Mr. Story of Chicago will act as judge and among the exhibitors will be Mrs. Albertson of the Lester Park and Mrs. Thompson of the Glenavon, catteries, Duluth; Mrs. C.A. Gray, Waterville, Minn.; Miss Emma and Mrs Sloggy of St. Paul; Mmes, E.M. Davis, L.A. Woodward and Chauncey Higgins, Minneapolis; Mrs. Sylvester, Merriam Park; Miss Edna Miller, St. Anthony Park and Mrs. A. H. Baker of Chicago. Some of the exhibitors will have strings of a dozen or more cats and more than one prize winner will be entered for more honors.
CHICKENS NOT THE WHOLE THING - CATS AND DOGS ATTRACT AS MUCH ATTENTION – The Minneapolis Journal, 11th January, 1905
[. . .] Occasionally the barking of the dogs in their kennels or on the benches sounded in sharp contrast to the aristocratic quiet of the felines who purr in blue-blooded contentment at a safe distance from their natural enemies [. . .] The cat show is proving on this, the first day, to be a drawing card. There are seventy-six cats entered, all members of the feline aristocracy. Most of the cats are in cages lined with cloth of brilliant colors and nearly every cage contains a handsomely embroidered pillow, on which the occupant may rest in oriental luxury. Most or the cats are Angoras, with Persians coming second in number.
There is Blue-Eyed May, valued at $1,000; Mazy, worth $1,500, and a number of kittens, all related, and all the property of Mrs. F. H. Williams of 3640 Lyndale avenue. Mrs. Sloggy of St. Paul has the only Manx cat on exhibition, a beautiful specimen. Mrs. N. D. Lammers of Stillwater has the largest number of entriesr - eleven cats. Mrs. E. M. Sloggy comes second, with eight; Mrs. F. H. Williams third, with five cats and four kittens.
Women at the cat show from out of the city who are here to look after their valuable stock on exhibit, include Mrs. Paul Krueger, Bebon, Wis.; Mrs. C. A. Gray, Waterville; Mrs. Fleckerstine, Faribault; Mrs. W. W. Brooks and Mrs. G. Hood Thompson of Duluth, and Mrs. Monroe of St. Cloud. There are fourteen silver cups and sixty other special prizes to be awarded in the cat show.
CAT SHOW - The Minneapolis Journal, 7th January, 1906
At the cat show this week one of the judges is Mrs. Helen Slogie [Sloggy] of St. Paul who always takes a prominent part in the Minneapolis shows. She is judging the white, orange, cream and brown tabbies. The number of exhibits is very large, as it is given by the Consolidated National and Independent Cat clubs, formerly separate organizations.
FISH AND GAME AT POULTRY SHOW – The Minneapolis Journal, 11th December, 1906
The Minnesota State Poultry association will hold its twenty-first annual exhibition in the old city hall building Jan. 15 to 23, inclusive. Secretary George A. Loth and the other officers are making preparations for a larger show than last year's. [. . .] The sixth annual cat show of the National Cat club is to be held within the next month and if satisfactory arrangements can be made, the two will be held in conjunction.
WILL ADD A CAT SHOW. St. Paul, Dec. 14 – The next annual show of the Minnesota Poultry association will be held at St. Paul, Feb. 5 to 10. It has been decided to add a department of cats to the display. - Various, December 14, 1899
CATS POSING FOR PRIZES – The Saint Paul Globe, January 6, 1901.
Novelty In Connection With The State Poultry Show Next Month. Blooded Felines Of St. Paul Will Get Their First Real Opportunity For Exhibition To The Admiring Populace.
I’m an aristocratic cat,
Registered and pedigreed,
And I don’t care who knows.
I say it and I mean it
And, you Mister Cat over there on the fence,
Just hide your face or walk backwards -
Anything but show yourself.
There’s going to be a cat show here in St. Paul;
But scratchers like you won’t be in it
Not if you swell up fit to bust with pride. '
I’ll be there though, and all my class.
The above is an exact translation of what an aristocratic cat said to a dirty, scrubby, tuftless, short-haired, weazen-faced sort of a cat in St. Paul the other day. It’s a fact. Prof. Translatus Animalus Catus, just arrived In St. Paul from Catland, heard the talk of the aristocratic cat and jotted it down for the Globe. They spoke the truth, forsooth. There will be a show in St. Paul and it is going to be hummer. It will be und the auspices of the Minnesota Poultry association and cats, chickens, Belgian hares, almost everything but dogs are to be placed on exhibition. Mrs. R. B. Beson will have charge of the cat department.
Mrs. Beson is lately arrived from California where she owns some of the best cat kennels in the country and she is now residing at 107 East Thirteenth street, Minneapolis. She is the professor from Catland, and if she cannot translate the language of cats, she can understand their actions perfectly, which is the same thing. Mrs. Beson comes over to St. Paul almost every day for the purpose of finding out what people in the city have cats worthy of being entered in the show, which will be some time next month. She herself has five cats in the Twin Cities with an aggregate value of over $1,000, besides a large number of Tabby, Persian and Angora cats, which will probably be brought over from California in a few weeks
A visit to her home in Minneapolis is a treat. She hugs and kisses her cats (and this is not laughing matter, for they are beautiful enough to be kissed) and uses the endearing names of “Baby,” “Darling,” “Pussy,” “Tootsie-Woots” and the like. Following is a list of her cats now in the Twin Cities:
Brown Bird – Bred in Walnut Ridge farms, Boston, daughter of the famous Duke Hawthorne, and Angora cat, valued at $500.
Prince Teddy – Buff and black Persian tiger cat.
Bob Ingersoll – Black Angora, with perfect white markings; valued at $500.
Lady Ginger – Brown Tabby, with orange and white stockings.
Lord Rex – Black and silver Persian Tabby.
Bob Ingersoll has a white nose, a white ruff on the neck, and four white feet. The markings are even and Mrs. Beson thinks it is the only perfect cat of its kind in the country. It is a foot and a half high and has a tail almost as large and busy as that of a fox. It has long tufts of hair on its face and in its ears. These tufts are always a sign of aristocracy and no respectable cat with ancient lineage should be without them. Lord Rex is only twelve weeks old and is one of the largest kittens of its age in the world. Its father was a blue-eyed, white Persian, direct importation. The cat has long hair and a bushy tail besides the necessary ear marks.
All of Mrs. Beson’s cats are registered and pedigreed. She never keeps a cat more than three years because she wants the best of stock and is willing to pay out much money to get it. She knows the grandfather and grandmother and great-grandfather and great-grandmother of every cat she owns and is proud of it. She feeds them all with the best kind of cat food, never lets them get cold, and if attacked by sickness of any kind, they are attended by a veterinary surgeon.
There was a story printed in Minneapolis some years ago about a cat that ate cocoanut. It was false. That, however, is not nearly as strange as it is to see a cat play with water liked a spaniel pup, and this is said in no Munchausen spirit. It’s true. Mrs. Beson’s Prince Teddy thinks as much of water as some men do of plug tobacco. It will crawl into a marble wash basin, use both paws to turn on the faucet and then lie down in the water and play with the falling stream in a kittenish merriment. If any one doubts this statement, a visit to Mrs. Beson will verify it.
The cats will be given the choice of space at the coming show. Prizes of silver and bronze medals will be donated by local merchants to all winners. Special prizes will be accompanies with yellow ribbons and regular prizes with red, white and blue ribbons. Special prizes will also be offered to trades people who own high bred short-haired cats. The object of the show is to get people interested in cats by showing them “kings” and “queens” from Catland.
There will be thirty-eight classes of long-haired cats at the show. Amongst other breeds will be Persian, Angora, Manx, Kangaroo, Coon, Siamese. Fine bred Angora cats are at a Premium. In the various classes of long-haired cats, those with white fur must have blue, yellow, or amber eyes. The black cats must have orange. Tabby cats will not be up to the standard unless they have yellow or orange eyes. Green is permissible. As already stated, Mrs. Beson has located many people in St. Paul who have cats that ought to be entered in the coming show. Many others have good cats, but do not know it or do not care to show them. Following is her list up to date:
Mrs. S.S. Eaton, 469 Portland avenue, has a magnificent thoroughbred Maltese, and a handsome silver tabby Angora.
Mr. Hoyt, Fourth and St. Peter, has a tiger Angora, direct importation from London.
Mrs. Ottensmeyer, 262 Goodrich avenue, has two white Angoras.
Mrs. Dr. Bacon, 702 Dayton avenue, has a handsome Chinchilla male and an amber-eyed white female.
Gustavus Knox, Hiawatha flats, has two white Angoras, sired by the famous Royal Norton, of Chicago.
Horace Thompson, Woodward and Lafayette avenues, has two Angora cats.
The list will not be completed until the exhibition begins in February. It involves a great deal of work to locate those who have cats for the fad is one that has never struck this section of the country before. Everything promises well, however, at the present date.
HALF A SHOW FOR PUSS – The Minneapolis Journal, January 26, 1901
Aristocratic Tabbies to Be Exhibited in Connection With the Poultry Show to Be Held February 6-12.
Affairs are looking up in catdom. There have been dog shows, and horse shows, and cattle shows, but everybody knows that pussy has never had half a show. Friends of the favorite house pet are therefore bestirring themselves, and if there were a live paper in the “meow” language the whole cat kingdom would be agog with the news of the society event which is to come off next month — the first cat show in Minnesota. It is to be given in connection with the annual exhibition of the state poultry association, which is to be held this year in St. Paul, from Feb. 6 to 12.
The entries close Monday. No entry fee will be charged and the care, feed, boxes and attendance will be free. Each exhibitor is to have a season ticket, as the manager prefers that people should oversee the care of their cats. The express companies will assist by returning, free of charge to points in Minnesota, cats whose fares have been pre-paid.
List of Prizes. No feline exhibition would be complete without a catalogue. Consequently one has been prepared. The list of prizes is worthy of strong competition:
First Prize — Silver medal and blue ribbon.
Second Prize — Bronze medal and red ribbon.
Third Prize — White ribbon.
There will also be a number of special prizes which take yellow ribbons. The association itself offers a handsome cup to be won and held by the best cat in the show. There will be prizes for the best druggist’s cat, the best laundryman’s cat, for the best cat exhibited by a little boy or little girl, and so on.
Exhibition Hall. The exhibition hall is to be decorated with palms and flags, and there will be a special award for the most unique, and most artistically adorned box. The cages are 28 inches long and 26 high, made of wire, with a toilet and feed room in the back. Puss is a dainty animal and her home for a week can be made very pretty and luxurious with carpets and cushions.
Puss’ Health to Be Inspected. Dr. Hugh McCullough must pass on tabby’s health before entry is made, and Mr. Butterfield will be the expert judge; the points and counts are as follows: head, 10; eyes, 10; ruff, or frill, 15; condition of fur, 15; quality of fur, 10; tail, 10; shape and size of cat, 15; color, 15; total, 100. There will be no vocal test. When in search of the above facts The Journal turned to Mrs. R. B. Beson, 107 Thirteenth street S, the organizer and president of the California Cat club, a body of fifty-two members in San Francisco. Mrs. Beson organized two clubs in California, and hopes to do something similar in Minneapolis.
Minnesota Behind Hand. Mrs. Beson said: Minnesota is the only state in the union which has not a club. One object of this show is to better the condition of the ordinary house cat. We want people to understand that short hair or common cats may be fixed up to enter if properly fed and cared for, and not exposed to inclement weather. Under the laws of California we could not have a charter, so we organized under the charter of the humane society. Our club was young, but we cared for homeless cats and expected to establish a hospital later. Our work was highly commended by the humane society.
Mrs. Beson has been devoting her attention to cats for, eight years. In November she made Minneapolis her home. She has the following fine animals here:-
Brown Bird, daughter of Duke Hawthorn; Prince Teddy and Bob Ingersoll, sired by Silver Dick: Lady Ginger, tabby with perfect orange and white markings; Lord Rex Persian, father imported direct from Persia. Rex is 14 months old, and is the biggest cat for that age that his owner has seen.
There are thirty-eight classes for Angoras and Persians. A peculiarity of the Persians is that the black cat must have amber or yellow eyes. Green-eyed blacks are outclassed. According to Harrison Weir, the English authority, they must not be permitted in this classification.
Some Distinctions. Mrs. Beson says that “Tabby” is the striped cat and “Tiger” is the spotted one, and it might have been added, Thomas is the “vag.” Cats are either Angora, Persian, Siamese, Kangaroo, Manx, Maltese, coon, wild or short haired. The aristocracy is easily distinguished from the herd. All long hair cats must have a pedigree which runs back three years. They must have tufts on the ears and toes, and a bushy tail. Prince Teddy’s tail measures ten inches in width, and Lady Ginger glories in a tail nine inches wide. The most valuable cat in America is Duke Hawthorn of Boston, who is valued at $5,000.
Food for “The 400.” Every breeder uses a special food, but as a rule cats of the upper ten thrive on raw eggs, fresh milk and oysters. They require a pint of pure water each day, and shun grease. Fish flesh is tabooed as a source of parasites, which are the bogies in feline circles.
Fond of the Bath. After seeing the common cat pick its way daintily across a damp street, it is a revelation to watch the bloods gambol in the water. They roll and spatter in the bath and bat their dripping paws like so many children. And it is positively ridiculous to watch the arched back, the supercilious carriage of the head when a short hair cat strays into aristocratic kennels. The aristocrat will not stoop to fight, but his manner shows that he considers the intruder a “skate.”
“Concerning Cats,” a book written by Helen Winslow, a Minneapolis woman, has been received with much favour by experts in cat lore.
Owners of Fancy Cats.
Mrs. Beson has compiled the following partial list of owners of blooded animals in Minneapolis:
Mrs. W. S. Nott, 801 Groveland avenue; handsome black Angora.
Mrs. Francis Henry, 1309 Linden avenue; Angora.
W. E. Steele, 1404 Linden avenue; beautiful black Angora.
Miss Agnes Kelly, 715 Fourth street N.
Dr. George Roberts, Seventeenth street and First avenue S; biggest Angora, a black and white beauty. j
Mrs. S. R. Kitchell, 218 Royalston avenue; Angora.
Mrs. Meeker, 912 First avenue S; two elegant Angoras, and one fine short-hair.
Mrs. James G. Blaine, The Swinford; four coon cats.
Miss. Olson, West Hotel; Angora.
Daniel Lester, 1713 Second avenue S; two Angoras.
Dr. G. McCullough, one blue-eyed white Angora and four kittens.
Mrs. W. Pollock, 99 Eleventh street S, one full-blooded Maltese.
Mrs. O. Winter, Thirty-eighth and Hiawatha avenue; Russian blue Angora.
Mrs. Davis, 2924 Park avenue.
Miss Shaw, 2524 Portland; Angora.
Mrs. Helen Chapman, 632 E Fourteenth street; full Maltese.
Jonas F. Brown, 216 Nicollet avenue; black Angora.
Dr. Burch, 717 Third avenue S; Angora.
Edwin Branch, 1021 Nicollet.
Mrs. Farnsworth, 912 Chicago avenue.
There are twenty-six entries for the cat show up to date with a prospect of fifty at least by the time the books close. One entry is eleven blue eyed white Maltese cats. Another is a forty-one pound wild cat by John O’Brien. Thirty-eight special prizes have been secured already.
CATS WITH BLUE BLOOD. MANY FELINE ARISTOCRATS WILL BE SHOWN NEXT MONTH – The Saint Paul Globe, January 27, 1901.
Mrs. R. R. Besom Gives Useful Pointers to Intending Exhibitors — Show Will Commence Feb. 6.
The cat show to be given in St. Paul at the fifteenth annual exhibition of the Minnesota State Poultry association is now an assured success. Twenty-six cats have already been entered, and the number will reach fifty before Feb. 6, when the exhibition commences. The show will last until the twelfth of the month. The building where it will be held has not, as yet, been selected, but will shortly.
The cats are to be given the choice of the exhibition space. The latest addition to the entries made is a St. Paul cat owned by Mrs. Bolton, 850 Grove street. It is a gray tabby perfectly marked with white points. Mrs. R. B. Benson, president of the Twin City cat kennels, says that it is the most beautiful cat of the kind she has seen for many moons. Mrs. Benson herself will have five cats in the show. They have all been spoken in the Globe. Many of the other entries have also been mentioned.
Mrs. Beson is more interested in the cat exhibition than anyone else, and had taken the pains to write out an article showing how cats should be prepared for the show. Before being entered for prizes, cats should receive the best care and the article gives all necessary information. Many people In the Twin Cities have valuable cats and are not aware of the fact. Many pointers can be obtained from Mrs. Beson, who lives at 101 Thirteenth street, Minneapolis. Following is her article:
POINTERS ON CATS. Now, that it has been decided to hold a cat show in February, great pains and pride should be taken by the cat fanciers to raise the tone of cat culture to its highest notch. And all who intend to exhibit their cats, whether it be a long or short haired cat, should begin now to get their pets in first-class condition. Pussy is now taking on her thick, winter coat, and you want that coat to be glossy and of fine texture, for quality of fur counts all the way from ten to twenty points. A cat in poor condition can not be expected to have a good coat, while condition counts ten alone; and a cat out of condition, no matter how well bred she is, will not have a full, lustrous eye, and eyes count from ten to fifteen points.
I advise feeding raw eggs, beaten into their milk. I know of nothing else which gives so their food; liver occasionally; sometimes they will eat them boiled hard. They are nourishing given in any manner. A short-haired, or common cat, should be given a dally brushing to produce a silky, smooth coat. While it is absolutely necessary to attend daily to Angora and Persian's coats, as they mat and become tangled, I use a coarse comb and brush moderately. Care must be taken that the fur is not trained to lay smooth, as the fluffy appearance of the cat is very desirable. Attend to feeding. I like the
light meal to be given at noon, such as milk; meat, oatmeal, potatoes, etc., at night and morning. Give two hearty meals a day, milk or soup and rice intervening. Always mix vegetables with their food; liver occasionally; sometimes fish is good for pussy’s diet. I always try to give my cats a variety. Feed a little raw meat: too much gives a cat tapeworms. Kittens require much more food in proportion than adult cats. The kitten is growing and must constantly provide for extra bone, flesh and skin. Give both cats and kittens all the milk they can drink, being careful to keep only fresh and sweet milk in their dish. If your cats are weak and puny add a dessert spoon of port wine to their milk. It is an excellent tonic. Sour milk is apt to produce diarrhoea. Carefully wash all the feeding dishes and scald thoroughly, for the cat is an exceedingly dainty animal and does not, sometimes, eat from a soiled dish any more than we would. It is probably due to this exquisite cleanliness that the cat has always been a favourite with women. Cleanliness is not only a social virtue, but is also a mark of respect for itself and others. It is much easier to keep animals in health by proper food, care and quarters than to restore them to health again by giving medicine.
Many prizes have been offered for the exhibition, one of the most beautiful being a silver loving cup. Most of the prizes have been donated by local merchants. The prizes include cat collars, silver spoons, silver mounted pocket-books, books about cats, stationery, and a hundred and one other things.
LARGE CROWDS ARE ATTENDING THE POULTRY AND CAT SHOW every day and the management has decided to extend the time for closing until Wednesday evening at 10 o’clock, in order to give everybody a chance to visit the show. – The Saint Paul Globe, February 11th, 1901
CATS WITH BLUE BLOOD. STATE SHOW WILL BE HELD NEXT MONTH. – The Saint Paul Globe, December 1st, 1901
The second annual state cat show, for the benefit of the infants’ hospital on Harriet island, will be held Jan. 21, 22 and 23. The show will be given by Mrs. R. B. Beson, superintendent and manager of the cats. The assistant superintendents of Minneapolis, Misses Anne M. Meeker and Frances A. Meeker, will have charge of the delegation of cats from their city. Mrs. J. M. Searles, assistant superintendent in Stillwater, will chaperone the Stillwater exhibit. Mrs. E. M. Sloggy, of 571 Jackson street, will have charge of the St. Paul exhibit, and Mr, W. W. Good, of this city, will have charge of the pet stock. Mr. Good has already secured two pet skunks and two tame coons. Over 100 angora cats have been secured for the show, Mrs. Beson herself loaning nineteen of her pets.
The place for the exhibit has not yet been selected. There will be music afternoon and evening. Dr. Ohage and Dr. E. H. Whitcomb have given silver loving cups as prizes in the show, and thirty seven other special prizes have been donated by St. Paul merchants. Silver and bronze medals will be awarded as second and third prizes, as heretofore at the feline shows. There will be a meeting of the officers Tuesday afternoon to complete arrangements for the exhibit and any who are interested will be received after 3 o’clock.
BLUE-BLOODED CATS. TABBY FANCIERS WILL GIVE THEIR ANNUAL SHOW THIS MONTH WITH THE POULTRY EXHIBIT - The Saint Paul Globe, January 5th, 1902
St. Paul’s second annual cat show will be held in connection with the exhibition of the Minnesota State Poultry association Jan. 29 to Feb. 4. The arrangements for the cat department are in charge of Mrs. Knox Bacon, who will be assisted by Mrs. Edward W. Nettleton. This show is given under the auspices of the Beresford Cat Club of America, the national authority on cats, and the publisher of the only cat registry book, in this country. Mrs. Bacon is vice president for Minnesota of the Beresford Cat club and during the show will organize for this state an auxiliary of the parent club.
There are now many valuable cats owned in and around St. Paul, and at this exhibition fanciers can compare their cats and have them rated with others of their kind in this and other cities. The judge will be Mrs. Charles Hampton Lane, of Chicago, first vice president of the Beresford Cat club, and a recognized authority on cats. She will judge the Cincinnati show this year, and next year assumes entire charge of the Cleveland show, the largest held in this country.
A large number of prize-winning cats will be shown, and many entries are assured from a distance. It is a show where owners of short-haired cats are to receive the same attention for their pets as do those who have long-haired felines. The premium list, about to be issued, will note that cash prizes are to be paid by the association to exhibitors who win in various classes. A long list of special prizes are offered for winners in both long and short-haired classes.
The Beresford Cat club offers a silver medal for the best cat, another medal for the best long haired cat in the show. Mrs. Clinton Locke, of Chicago, offers a beautiful silver feeding tray for best long-haired female in the show. Mrs. Colburn, of Chicago, offers a year’s subscription to a cat paper. Mrs. Josiah Cratty and Mrs. C. H. Lane, both of Chicago, offer special prizes. Field and Fancy offers two annual subscriptions, one each for long and short-haired cats. Mrs. J. H. Smith, 772 Marshall avenue, contributes a beautiful Japanese cracker jar.
Several special cash prizes are offered for neuter cats in both short and longhaired classes. Many other special prizes are offered by local merchants and are printed in the association catalogue.
Mrs. Bacon will exhibit “Clochette,” her famous pure white Angora, descended from a long line of prize-winning ancestors. “Clochette” is the mother of a number of well known Northwestern cats. “Col. Lovely,” a beautiful silver tabby, will receive callers at the show. He is a grandson of “Paris,” the famous cat who has won first in 100 shows. “Prince Ruffles,” one year old, a son of “Clochette” and “Col. Lovely,” will be on exhibition, as will also “Reynard,” the rare red-coated cat. This feline is a unique specimen, and is shown for the first time in the Northwest. These are all cats of registered pedigree. Mrs. Edward Nettleton will show her $500 white Angora, “Lady Annis,” descended from aristocratic stock, and to be shown for the first time in the West. “Lovely Bois,” bred by Mrs. Cratty in Chicago, is a pure white Angora, with a superb coat and tail, a daughter of “Eiger,” who has just won first prize in the Detroit cat show. “Billie,” another white Angora, has blue eyes and is the only one of his kind in St. Paul. He was born in Eau Claire, Wis., and has Mrs. Cratty’s “Eiger” for his grandsire.
Mrs. S. W. Fradenburg, of Marshall avenue, will exhibit Prince John, a royal white Angora, one year old, with beautiful coat, collar and tail. He is one of the most aristocratic felines in St. Paul, and is a son of Mrs. Bacon's “Col. Lovely” and “Clochette.” Mr. J. Arlington Gilbert, of Tau Gallie, Fla., will show his “Don Fernando” and “Donna Isabella,” both pure white Angora's. They are an imported pair. The male has rich blue eyes and perfect hearing, which seldom accompanies blue eyes. “Donna Isabella” will be at home with her family of kittens about eight weeks old at the time of the exhibition. “Whiskers” is to be shown by Miss Brown, and “Minnetti” by Miss Cummings. The entry list contains the names of many additional fanciers who will show their pot cats. The association is having cages made which are furnished free to exhibitors. Cats will also be fed and cared for under the personal direction of the superintendent and her assistants. Dr. Richard Price will attend the cats free of charge to exhibitors if his services should be needed.
Entry blanks and other information concerning the show will be supplied by Mrs. Bacon.
BLUE BLOOD FELINES. PREPARATIONS FOR CAT SHOW ARE ON AN ELABORATE SCALE. - The Saint Paul Globe, January 5th, 1902
The cat show, which is to be held Jan. 23, 24 and 25 here in St. Paul, for the benefit of the Harriet day nursery, will probably be the most elaborate event of the kind ever held in St. Paul. The quarters secured, 65 East Seventh street, are commodious and well lighted. The cats are to be benched, one foot apart, so that if one of the pussies is inclined to be quarrelsome he will have no opportunity to vent his malice or communicate his opinions. The main hall will be prettily decorated in Persian style. There will be plenty of palms and comfortable chairs. A small room will be fitted up for a woman’s reception room, with rugs and easy chairs. A musical programme, piano and vocal, will be given every afternoon and evening. The hall will be open from 10 a. m. to 10 p. m. every day.
In addition to the cats, there will be a toy dog exhibit, for which a number of Yorkshires, blacks and tans and poodles have been entered. There will also be on exhibition some coons, a red fox, a bald headed eagle and some tame skunks. Mrs. R. B. Beson is superintendent of the show, and W. W. Good is assistant superintendent. Dr. Richard Price, the veterinary doctor, will look after the health of the stock.
A number of prizes have already been offered. Dr. E. H. Whitcomb will give a loving cup for the best cat; Dr. Ohaga will give a loving cup for the best white cat; Mrs. C. A. Hyde will give a hand-painted china for the best tabby. A hand-painted plate and a point lace handkerchief have also been offered. Mrs. J. McCollough, of Indianapolis, will be the judge. Among those who have promised to enter cats are: Mrs. H. J. McKusick, Mrs. A. C. Hospes, Miss Proctor, Mrs. Otis Stables, Mrs. L. B. Castel, Mrs. Judith Nolan, Miss May Nichols, Mr. H. B. Merrick, Mrs. Larkin, Miss Lillian N. Moore, Mrs. Frank Delano, Rev. Dr. Eberhart, Mr. McGray, Mrs. Kimball, Mrs. G. W. Magee, Mrs. Bolton, Mr. Napier, Mr. Courtney, Mr. Thayer, Mrs. Dunn, Miss Meeker, Mrs. Slocum, Mrs. Sloggy, Mr. Farrell, Mr. Kruger, Mrs. Mudge, Mrs. Bosche, Miss Ariand, Mr. Ed Pennington, Mr. Lammers.
CHAOS IN CATDOM. RIVAL CLIQUES AT WAR OVER ARISTOCRATIC FELINES – The Saint Paul Globe, January 14th, 1902
Superintendent of the “Real Show” Pays Her Respects to Mrs. Beson With Epigrammatic Terseness.
“I wish you would say through The Globe,” said Mrs. Knox Bacon, of 702 Dayton avenue, superintendent of the cat department of the Minnesota State Poultry association, shortly to hold its annual exhibition at the Auditorium, “that the cat department will be exhibited as announced and that curs will be a bona fide display, statements to the contrary notwithstanding.”
Two weeks ago Mrs. Bacon was chosen superintendent of the cat department, whereupon Mrs. R. B. Beson, whose fad is also cats of aristocratic distinction and breeding, proceeded to start a rival display. To Drs. Ohage and Whitcome she went, requesting to be permitted to conduct it for the benefit of the Harriet day nursery, but while each subscribed $6 for a silver prize cup they declined to allow the use of their names. Since that time Mrs. Beson has been hunting for cats, but to what extent she has succeeded is only known to herself.
“By misrepresentation,” continued Mrs. Bacon, as she stroked a silky-haired feline that purred at her feet, “Mrs. R. B. Beson, who, I understand, acted as superintendent for the association last year, has been attempting to secure entries and prizes for an exhibition of cats, which, to those whom she approaches, she announces as the cat show. This is misleading, and has caused us considerable embarrassment. Mrs. Beson is perfectly at liberty to hold a cat show, but she should not seek entries and prizes to the confusion of those whom she solicits.
“Mrs. Beson had charge of the cat department of the association I represent last year, but they had enough of her. I was given charge this year and have been actively at work ever since my appointment. Our catalogue just issued shows two pages of entries, and I think we have all the cats that are worth exhibiting. Exhibitors can be assured of one thing, and that is their cats will be safe while in our charge.
“This Mrs. Beson,” continued Mrs. Bacon, with considerable asperity, “has been writing to Stillwater, Chicago and other cities for entries, and in one case went so far as to make arrangements for judges. My attention was called to this by the receipt of letters from the parties written to. How many prizes she has secured I don’t know, but several have been given her by people who were under the impression that she was connected with the state association. Advertisements for an alleged entry list were also secured by the same methods. This is a controversy I do not like, but something must be done in order to let lovers of pet stock know that Mrs. Beson is in no way connected with the Minnesota State Poultry and Pet Stock association.”
A daily Turkish bath, with the added comfort of rugs and color features, are promised by the adherents of Mrs. Beson, but Mrs. Beson does not promise any of these. She significantly remarks, however, that all cats given in her charge will be safely taken care of and to the satisfaction of their owners. At any rate catdom is considerably excited over the affair and the outcome is being watched with interest.
ANGORA BEAUTIES ON SHOW - The Minneapolis Journal, January 17th, 1902
Few Fine Minneapolis Cats Will Be Seen at St. Paul’s Charity Cat Show—Most Owners Unwilling to Risk Exhibition Dangers.
Minneapolis cats will not be well represented, in point of numbers, at the charity cat show for the benefit of the
Harriet Island day nursery in St. Paul, which will open in that city Wednesday and continue through Friday. There are any number of women in the city who are firmly convinced that their cats would win prizes if exhibited, but they are not going to risk the health and welfare of their pets by exposing them to the dangers of a show.
Cats with pedigrees are most susceptible to changes and the management of a show cannot guarantee that Tabbie’s corner will be free from draughts. Then there is always the chance of some cat eluding the searching eye of the examining veterinary doctor and exposing every feline in the show to eczema, of which cat fanciers are ever in dread. Each cat is examined by a veterinary doctor, and if he is in anything but the pink of perfection and if his skin shows the slightest tendency to eczema, he is refused admittance and cannot compete for the silver loving cup.
Among the cats which will go over from Minneapolis are the three beautiful Angoras owned by the Misses Meeker, Marc Antony, Danny Deever and Huckleberry Finn. Miss Slocom will send her red-and-white Angora, and there the list of exhibitors ends as far as Minneapolis is concerned. The other people who could send cats, cats worth looking at, are Dr. George Roberts, whose John Walter, a black-and-white Angora, weighs almost thirty pounds and is 11 years of age; Mrs. W. S. Nott has a black-and-white Angora; Mrs. Francis Henry, a pure white cat of the same breed. Mrs. J. F. Blaine has some fine coon cats, striped like a tabby. Miss Shaw’s cat is a sister of Miss Meeker's Marc Antony, and came west with her brother and two other kittens when they were but 3 months old. Mrs. Stanley Kitchel, Mrs. Fred Van Doren, Miss Lippincott, Miss Agnes Kelly, Miss Nance Olson and Edwin Branch all have handsome cats. Mr. Branch's Pepper is just now figuring before the public in a lawsuit.
The management of the cat show provides boxes for each cat and the owner furnishes a cushion which will set off her pet’s beauty to the best advantage. The day before the show opens is devoted to the decoration of the boxes, and a man from Stillwater has announced his intention of hanging the temporary home of his cat with blue satin.
Each exhibitor pays an entrance fee of 50 cents, and after the medical examination is passed, the cat is admitted. If the owner wishes to take her pet home at night she can do so on payment of $5 and giving a promise that the cat will be returned to the show by 10 o'clock the next day. Many of the St. Paul exhibitors will take advantage of this clause, but out-of-town people must content themselves with remaining at the show to see for themselves that their exhibit is receiving proper food and attention.
The prizes include a silver loving cup, offered by Dr. E. P. Whitcomb for the best cat; a silver cup from Dr. J. Ohage, for the best white cat over a year old; a hand-painted loving cup from Mrs. C. A. Hyde, for the best tabby; and a long string of minor prizes, all represented by red, blue and yellow ribbons. The points which the judge will cover are the shape of the head and its characteristics, eyes, ruff, fur, quality, tail, size, shape, condition and color, and the cats are divided into long-haired, short-haired, Persian, Angora, Maine, tortoise-shell and Maltese. Mrs. J. McCollough of the Linden kennels, Indianapolis, Ind., will act as judge.
Mrs. R. B. Beson, of St Paul, is superintendent; Mrs. E. M. Sloggy, W. W. Good, of St. Paul; Mrs. J. N. Searles, Stillwater; and the Misses Ann and Frances Meeker, of Minneapolis, are assistant superintendents. Dr. Richard Price is the examining surgeon. It is expected that there will be from forty to fifty long-haired cats shown and the number of short-haired animals is still indefinite. Of the Angoras Mrs. Beson will show thirteen, Mrs. Sloggy, five and Mrs. Searles three. The exhibit will include several valuable animals and the price of the Angoras ranges from $15 to $35.
Raising cats is rather a fad among women just at present, and Miss Meeker has recently visited the famous kennels of Mrs. Locke, of Chicago. Mrs. Locke sells her kittens for $75 and many of her grown cats bring her $250. She is experimenting with the chinchilla, a South American breed, which is a ball of silver fur and is known as the most difficult to handle [the reporter has confused the chinchilla Persian with the South American rodent].
It is about a year and a half since the Misses Meeker became interested in raising cats. Before that they owned John Walter, Dr. Roberts' black and white, and had raised him from a kitten. When he was disposed of they sent to the Inglewylde kennels, Malden, Mass., for stock and received Little Egypt. She was only three months old and with the exception of a few white spots on her breast is jet black. She is Whitehead stock and carries herself with a dignity and grace always found in a wild animal, for Little Egypt was a wild cat and has been reared in captivity by Miss Meeker. Her mate, Marc Antony, is a magnificent red and white cat with red eyes.
The other cats were raised from birth. They are Babs, a gray and cream, and as full of mischief as even Mrs. Grand's impossible heroine; Dandy Deever, a blue beauty with soft flecks of white on his breast, and Huckleberry Finn, whose sex belies her name, and who is all cream and grey and white. Monday three little kittens were added to the stock of the Misses Meeker, one jet black and two white and gray. Marc Antony, like a proud father, gathered his other children, Babs, Dandy Deever and Huckleberry Finn, and led them up to see the little newcomers. They sat around the box in which the wee things lay and looked at them solemnly. Babs ventured to put out her paw to touch them but the watchful father interposed and refused to allow any caresses.
Marc Antony is wonderfully intelligent, indeed all of the cats are clever and can roll over when they are hungry and jump when told to, and one night when Little Egypt was taken with a convulsion Marc Antony ran to Miss Meeker’s bed and never rested until he had roused her and she had gone to look after his mate.
Miss Meeker finds the raising of cats a most interesting and absorbing occupation. It is enough to watch the kittens at play to become attracted by them; their every movement is full of grace and the beauty of their long coats and odd-colored eyes cannot be resisted. They are remarkably healthy and with the exception of accidents have been little trouble to their mistress. Marc Antony fell from a second story window and injured his foot, but he bore the pain with the philosophy of an old Roman. They are fed twice a day on soft foods and chopped meat and the dish of milk is kept where they can drink whenever they wish. In warm weather they are allowed to play in a roomy shed for hours at a time and led by Babs they have the merriest kind of romps.
The finest of cats come from Egypt. As everybody knows, cats were once objects of worship in that country and among some of the inland tribes are still treated with veneration. Port Said is the cat market of the world and many a passenger bound east or west has become interested in the animals and has remained over a steamer in the hope of obtaining a perfectly black angora. The black cats are the most valuable and after them the pure white are most sought after. The cats bear transplanting wonderfully well and with common sense to aid can be carried around the world.
On Jan. 26 a second cat show will be held in St. Paul as an adjunct to the poultry show. As this show lasts ten days, the Minneapolis cats will not be present at all. The time is too long, and, if the management would consent to have the cats exhibited for two or three days, the decision might be reconsidered. Ten days on show will demoralize the best cat ever raised, if it doesn't kill her, and an angora cat with long, silky fur, quaint pointed face, bright eyes shining out of a soft cloud, her feet daintily shod with long tufts of down and her pointed ears graced with more tufts, is too valuable to be offered as a sacrifice for any poultry show ever contemplated.
FOUR DAYS OF CAT SHOW – The Saint Paul Globe, January 19, 1902
The promoters of the charity cat show, in compliance with a request, have decided to continue the show until Saturday afternoon, Jan. 25, in order to give the school children of the city an opportunity to see the felines. The show was originally set for Jan. 22, 23 and 24. A fine list of prizes has been arranged and there is at present a large list of entries in the different classes. The management has found it necessary to order more boxes to accommodate the demand. It is expected that the finest aggregation of pedigreed cats ever placed on exhibition will be seen at the coming show.
ROOSTERS AND HENS. AUDITORIUM WILL BE THE SCENE OF STATE POULTRY EXHIBIT – Saint Paul Globe, January 19th, 1902
Show Will Open a Week From Today, and Cat Show Will Be Held as Companion Attraction.
Soon the big auditorium will be filled with the clarion notes of the rooster and the exultant cackle of his helpmate, the hen. The occasion will be the annual exhibition of the Minnesota State Poultry association, and the time will be the week of Jan. 29. [. . . ] The selection of the auditorium is a new departure, but the association contemplates new features and arrangements, and figured that the big, roomy structure on Eighth street was the only one that would suit its purposes. For the exhibition of the several thousand feathered beauties, not too speak of a display of pedigreed cats, new coops have been secured, and these will be arranged in a single tier around the large hall, instead of being piled up one on top of the other, as in previous exhibitions.
Though some opposition was offered, the association decided to open the exhibit to the public on Sunday. This was done last year, and was a wise move in that it caused a material increase In the attendance over previous years. The furred display, which is under the direction of Mrs. Knox Bacon will be very complete. Entries of cats are being made daily. Next week the association will commence the work of getting the auditorium in condition for the exhibition.
CHARITY CAT SHOW – The Saint Paul Globe, January 22, 1902
The charity cat show for the benefit the Harriet Island Day nursery will be open today at 10 a.m., at 65 East Seventh street. The owners of the cats to be exhibited were at the rooms yesterday decorating the boxes for their pets.
FELINES ON PARADE – The Saint Paul Globe, January 23, 1902
Handsome cats in handsome cages attracted a large number of visitors yesterday afternoon at 65 East Seventh street, where the cat show for the benefit of the Harriet Bishop day nursery was opened. It was a most auspicious opening. Even the cats looked pleased. There are about forty of these, all of them beauties in the feline world. The judging will begin today and prizes will be awarded in both the short-haired and long-haired class. Mrs. J. McCullough, of Indianapolis, will be the judge. A remarkably handsome cat on exhibition is Sir Thomas Lipton, owned by Charles Lindberg. It is a white Persian and is the proud possessor of a pair of big blue eyes. The cat is the most expensive one in the show, being valued at $1,000.
Mrs. William Napier is the owner of one of the largest cats in the show, Lord Thomas. His lordship, like most big people, is notably shy and would not even permit himself to be petted yesterday. His modesty covers merit, however, for last year he won the cup at the cat show. Li Hung Chang, a nine months old kitten of the longhaired variety, made his debut at a cat show yesterday. His mother is also there. She is a handsome red Angora and has won four medals and five special prizes here and in San Francisco.
Besides the cats there are on exhibition two skunks, Pet and Sis, owned by W. W. Good; and a half dozen toy dogs. [. . .] Other exhibitors at the show are Mrs. Mudge, of St. Paul; Miss Meeker, St. Paul; Miss Florence Fleckenstein, of Faribault, and U. F. Le Mire. The show room is tastefully decorated and there is a small reception room nicely fitted up where visitors may rest. The show is open from 10 o'clock in the morning until 10 at night. It will close Saturday night.
EVEN CATS GO THERE – The Saint Paul Globe, January 24th, 1902
Even the plain, ordinary, everyday cat is taking an interest in the cat show that is now being held at 65 East Seventh street, for the benefit of the day nursery. Two days before the show opened, those at work decorating the room heard a loud mewing at the door. When the door was opened a small Maltese kitten walked gravely into the exhibit room and surveyed, with much curiosity, the cages that were being arranged for the prizewinners. The kitten washed its face and decided to stay. Yesterday afternoon another Maltese cat entered by way of the front door. It made the round of the cages and then, with a “you’re not so much, there are others” expression of countenance, stationed itself where the crowd of visitors would be sure to notice it along with the other feline beauties. Both cats are still at the show and are fed every day.
The attendance at the cat show yesterday was unusually good. Among the cats especially admired by the visitors was Don Caesar de Bezan, a chinchilla cat owned by Mrs. Dunlap, of Indianapolis. The exhibit was materially added to yesterday and now numbers sixty cats, six dogs, two skunks and three foxes. W. W. Good has charge of the pet stock department. It received an addition yesterday in the way of a red fox and a Yorkshire dog. Both animals are unusual specimens of their kind. Because of the number of new cats that have been brought in, judging was deferred until today.
The cats were more sociable yesterday than they were on the opening day of the show and consented to be petted. The large number of visitors had the pleasure of seeing the pussies fed. The menu consisted largely of small sparrows served dead. The cats appeared to enjoy their meal immensely, and their admirers enjoyed seeing them fed.
THE BABY IS MISSING – The Saint Paul Globe, January 31, 1902
Miss Agnes Ader's Pet Disappears From Cage At Cat Show. She Was Probably Stolen. Her Twin Brother Bobbie Is Left To Mourn Sister’s Loss
“Baby,” the erstwhile belle of the cat show at the Auditorium, is missing. “Baby” is owned by Miss Agnes Ader and the pair —for “Baby” was exhibited with her twin brother — were valued at $25. “Baby” was plump and very white, with placid golden eyes. Up to yesterday morning she seemed perfectly content with her richly decorated if somewhat confined quarters. She played games with her brother or else viewed with curious eyes the steady procession that passed her cage. All sorts of queer looking people were in that profession and doubtless “Baby” congratulated herself that she and her brother, Bobbie, at least, were different. But yesterday there was no congratulation in the cage. Morosely Bobbie alone viewed the procession or restlessly made the rounds of the cage. Baby was missing.
“I am sure she was there Wednesday night,” said one of the attendants, “for I went the rounds of the cages to see that all the cats were present. I think she must have strayed out during the night, for I don’t see how anybody could get a chance to steal her, even if there was such a person among the visitors at the show. I am positive she has just strayed away and will come back as soon as she gets very hungry.”
But the comforting assurance of the attendant did not assuage Bobbie's grief. Neither did it lighten the sorrows of Bobbie’s and Baby’s mistress. Up to a late hour last night Baby had not been heard of and it seems very probable that she was stolen.
A farmer by the name of Anderson brought a very curious looking cat to the exhibit yesterday. It is maltese in color and very large. The hair is long and though the coat had very evidently been neglected it is easy to see that the cat when well cared for will be a beauty. The farmer declared that the cat’s father and mother were short-haired cats.
The judging was all completed in the cat department yesterday and most of the cages were decorated with ribbons of one color or another. The show will close Saturday night.
Silver cup, best solid color cat — “Don Fernando,” J. Arlington Gilbert.
Beresford Cat club medal, best cat in show — “Don Fernando,” J. Arlington Gilbert.
Mrs. Josiah Cratty special prize, best long-haired white male cat — “Don Fernando,” J. Arlington Gilbert.
Beresford Cat club medal, best female shown — “Luella,” Mrs. E. W. Nettleton.
Field and fancy prize, best chinchilla cat — “Luella,” Mrs. E. W. Nettleton.
Mrs. Clinton Locke feeding cup, best long-haired female — “Queen Clochette,” Mrs. Knox Bacon.
Mrs. Cratty, special picture prize, best long-haired white female — “Queen Clochette,” Mrs. Knox Bacon.
Osgood & Blodgett prize, best female judged by issue —“Queen Clochette,” Mrs. Knox Bacon.
Field and fancy prize, best long-haired female, local class —“Minnette,” Mrs. C. G. Cummings.
Field and fancy prize, best short-haired neuter cats — “Lizzie,” Leslie Swanman.
Holm and Olson prize, best short-haired kitten — “Bluette,” Miss Kit Clum.
Reynolds and Reynolds’ prize, best short-haired — “Hamud Abdalla First,” H. J. Geotte.
Dr. Bacon subscription prize, short-haired cats, blue females —“Muggins,” Miss Edna Miller.
Cash prize $2, best short-haired blue — “Muggins,” Miss Edna Miller.
Cash prize $3, best long-haired neuter cats — “Col. Lovely,” Mrs. Bacon.
Cash prize 2, best short-haired neuter — “Lizzie,” Leslie Swanman.
Cash Prize, $1; Second Best Short-haired Neuter — “Nubbins,” Mrs. E. W. Nettleton.
H. J. Mitchell Prize. Best Kitten in Show — “Don Carlos,” Mrs. Mitchell.
Book Prize, Best Long-haired White - “Fluff.” Mrs. Powell.
E. W. Nettleton First Prize. Best Long-haired Under One Year —“Alpha,” Mrs. William Napier.
E. W. Nettleton Second Prize, Second Best Long-haired Cat —“Admiral Cervera,” Mrs. Nettleton.
S. W. Friedenberg Prize, Best Longhaired Female, Red Color —“Glory Quayle,” Mrs. Searles.
Smith Prize, Best Cat From Dayton’s Bluff — “Loafer,” Mrs. C. A. Haas.
Friedman Bros.’ Prize, Heaviest Cat — “Nubbins,” Mrs. E. W. Nettleton.
Farwell, Ozmun & Kirk Prizes — First, for long-haired with white, “Skookum Sklee,” Mrs. Nettleton; second, long, haired red and white, “Carmencita,” Mrs. G. C. Knox; third prize, best long-haired, any color, “Bruno,” Miss Slocum.
Mannheimer Prize, Best Tortoise Cat — “Espagne,” Ray St. Albans.
Field and Fancy Best Tabbv Prize — “Princess Katherine,” Mrs. Mudge.
Mrs. Hesselgrave Prize. Best Short-haired Kitten — “Black Nose,” Mrs. C. A. Haas.
Crescent Creamery Prize. Best Short-haired Orange — “Rupert,” George Schroeder.
Conger Prize, Best Long-haired white Male under a year — “Prince John,” S. W. Friedenberg.
Straight Prize, Best Long-haired Kitten, Other Color — “Fluff,” Miss Powell.
Roach Prize — “The Judge,” Mrs. C. II. Lane.
Clochette’s Prize to Her Best Son — “Prince John,” S. W. Freidenberg; and to her best daughter, “Lady Minnette,” Miss Cummings.
Mrs. Locke Special Prize — “Bruno,” Miss Winifred Slocum.
Best Cat at Show — “Don Fernando,” J. Arlington Gilbert.
Best White with Golden Eyes — “Prince John,” S. W. Friedenberg.
White Female — “Queen Clochette,” Mrs. Knox Bacon.
White Kitten, Blue-eyed — “Don Carlos,” J. Arlington Gilbert.
Red Persian — “Glory Quayle,” Mrs. J. N. Searles.
Chinchilla — “Luella,” E. W. Nettleton.
Silver Tabby — “Col. Lovely,” Mrs. Knox Bacon.
Red Kitten — “Skookum Sklee,” Mrs. E. W. Nettleton.
Smoke Kitten — “Bruno,” Miss Winifred Slocum.
Black Cat — “Abdallah Hamud I.” H. J. Goette.
Blue Cat — “Muggins,” Miss Edna Miller.
Gray and White Tabby — “Loafer,” Mrs. C. A. Haas.
Spanish Tortoise Cat — “Espagne,” Roy St. Aubins.
Gray Tabby — “Princess Maudie,” Ethel Beardsley.
Short-haired White — “Richard H. Davis.” Miss A. A. Adair.
White Kitty — “Bluette,” Mrs. K. Cium.
White Tabby — “Little One,” Mrs. C. A. Haas.
White Golden-eyed Cat — “Royal Apollo,” G. C. Knox.
White Long Female — “Alpha,” Mrs. William Napier.
Long-haired Blue Cat — “Lord Arno,” Edwin Branch.
Long-haired Black — “Blackie,” Mrs. Griffin.
Gray, Tabby, Long Hair — “Lady Minnette,” Mrs. Cummings.
Long-haired Neuter — “Prince Ruffles,” Edg. Emerson.
Long-haired White, Kitten Class — “Admiral Cervera,” J. A. Gilbert.
Long-haired Red Kitten — “Carmencita, Mrs. G. C. Knox.
Best Long-haired Seconds.
Kitten Class — “Fluff,” Mrs. H. F. Dowell.
Blue Short-haired — “Tom III.” Mrs. Campbell.
Gray and White Short-haired Tabby — “Black Nose.” Mrs. C. A. Haas.
Blue Short-haired — “Lizzie,” Leslie Swanman.
TEARS DID NOT FLOW – The Saint Paul Globe, January 25th, 1902
“It’s just too mean for anything, and I shall take my cat and go home! She's taken two prizes, already, anyway so I don’t care for your old cat show,” said Mrs. Mudge, excitedly yesterday at the cat show.
Mrs. Mudge owns Princess Katherine, a scornful Angora beauty, the belle of many cat shows. The princess had been pronounced second to no other cat at other cat shows. Naturally, her mistress expected her to shine at this latest feline exhibit.
But, explained the superintendent, Mrs. Beson, pacifically and pathetically, I have added up this column again and again, and Princess Katherine gets just ninety-one points. Now, Bob Ingersoll has ninety-two points to his credit. From out of their respective cushioned cages the ungallant Bob glared at the royal Katherine. The princess’ mistress glared at the superintendent of the show “Besides,” continued Mrs. Beson, with increasing assurance, “Bob being a male cat is entitled to the prize, anyway female cats, even if they have the same number of points as the male, must take second place.”
The princess gave a scornful meow, end retreated in high dudgeon to the rear of her cage. The arrogant Mr Ingersoll purred aggravatingly and ogled a blue-eyed Persian across the way. Mrs Mudge continued to glare.
“To Please you," announced Mrs. Beson, diplomatically, "I will again add up this column of figures.” The result of this seventh addition caused Mrs. Beson to give a little cry surprise. The princess glided haughtily to the front of the cage. Mr. Ingersoll removed his eyes from the blue-eyed Persian and surveyed the mathematician with severe displeasure. Mrs. Mudge’s glare relaxed Into an expression of intense interest.
“It’s really 92,” said Mrs. Beson, apologetically. I made the mistake in carrying. Not,” she continued hastily, “that it makes any difference in the prize for Bob is still the winner, although he and the princess have the same number of points.”
Mrs. Mudge considered and consulted some rules pasted in a neat little blue book. Then she looked with some uncertainty at Mrs. Beson. Finally she held out her hand and the two women embraced. Mr. Ingersoll deliberately winked at the blue-eyed Persian. The princess flirted her tail scornfully.
Bob Ingersoll who, after the above fiery little contest, was pronounced the best cat m the show yesterday, is owned by W. F. Lemire. Besides winning the silver cup it received two special prizes. The cat is a handsome Persian and has been the recipient of numerous prizes at other shows. The Princess Katherine, which has the same number of points as Bob, received first premium as the best female cat in the show.
The following were the other awards made yesterday:
To Lord Hex, first premium badge and special prize for best Tabby cat.
To the best exhibit of short-haired white maltese cats, with blue and yellow eyes, owned by Charles Lindberg, a silver cup and first premium badges.
To Sir Thomas Lipton, owned by Miss Mabel Bosche, first premium and special prize for handsomest cage decorations.
To Paul, owned by Mrs. Troxford, first premium and special for best in his class.
To Tiger, owner by Miss Lillian Moore first premium and special for decoration of cage.
To Minnie, owned by Mrs. Troxford, first premium.
To Teddy, owned by Mrs M. Reed, first premium and special for best maltese cat.
To Kidd, owned by Miss Arland, first premium and special for best silver tabby.
To Pheney, owned by mrs. Sloggy, first premium and special.
To Flossy, owned by A. Farrell, first premium and special for best short-haired female cat.
To Pinkie, owned by Clara Kellenhoffer, special for best kitten exhibited by a little girl.
To Adolphus owned by A P Driscoll, first premium.
To Roxie and Rufus, owned by Miss Florence Fleckenstein, first premiums and special for best out-of-town cats.
To Rusty Kate, owned by Paul Kruger, first premium.
To Lady Alta, owned by A Farrell, second premium.
To Lady Ginger, owned by A. Farrell, first premium and special for best in its class.
To Lady Jane Grey, first premium and special for best blue and white cat.
To Sapho, owned by Mrs. E. A. Silvester, first premium and special for best white cat marked with blue.
To June Baby, owned by Miss Schindelicker, first premium and special for best blue tabby.
To Toppy Taylor, owned by Mr. Boyer of Portland, Or., first premium.
To Philis owned by Mrs. E. A. Silvester, first premium and special for best tabby and white cat.
To Alpha, owned by Mrs. William Napiere, first premium and special for best white kitten and handsomest cage decorations.
To Huckleberry, owned by Miss Meeker, of Mlnneapolis, first premium for three-colored cat, and special for best cat from Minneapolis.
To Marc Antony, owned by Miss Meeker first premium and special for best orange and white cat.
To Danny Deever, first premium for best in its class and special for best blue cat.
To Royal Echo, owned by Mrs Sloggy, first premium for best in itsclass and special for best red and white cat.
To Prince Silver Bubbles, owned by Mrs Sloggy, first premium and special for best silver and white cat.
To Sweet Brier, owned by Mrs. Sloggy, first premium and special for three months old kitten.
To Prince Li Hung Chang, owned by W.F. Lemire, first premium for best kitten.
To Prince Teddy, owned by W.F. Lemire, first premium and special for best brown tabby.
To Lord Rex, owned by W.F. Lemire, special for best tabby.
To Miss Fox, owned by W.F. Lemire, first premium for best in its class and special for best red kitten.
To Fluffy, owned by N.D. Lammers, first premium and special for best cat from Stillwater.
The show will close tonight, and the Harriet Island Day Nursery will be financially greatly benefited.
CHICKENS [AND CATS] OF ALL KINDS – The Saint Paul Globe, January 29, 1902
Late yesterday afternoon the entries for the sixteenth annual exhibit of the Minnesota State Poultry association numbered over 2,000 [. . .] The cat show which is to be carried on in connection with the poultry show has quarters in the gallery. On one side of the gallery are the coops of the pigeons and on the other the cages for the kittens. There were fifty-two cats entered yesterday and many of these are already in place. Mrs. Knox Bacon is the superintendent. The judging in this department, which will be done by Mrs. Charles Hampton Lane, of Chicago, vice president of the Berrisford [sic] Cat club, will begin today.
PUSS ON PARADE – The Minneapolis Journal, November 24, 1902
Preparations are already being made for the cat show to be held in St. Paul Dec. 17 to 20. Mrs. R. B. Beson is superintending the arrangements and has already received seventy-three entries for the long-haired class. Ordinary cats as well as cats of pedigree will be exhibited and a color scheme will be effected by grouping together animals of the same color. Mrs. Norton Leland, who will be judge at the Boston cat show, will pass upon the felines to be exhibited in St. Paul. Among the famous cats that have been entered from the middle and western states are Miss June, Sweet Anne Page, Peg Woffington, Skookub, Luella and her kitten Princess Flaira, the only two chinchillas in the state; Missy, Royal Echo, Silver Bubbles and Lady Dainty.
A KENNEL OF MINNEAPOLIS ANGORAS - The Minneapolis Journal, December 6th, 1902
There will be a cat show in connection with the poultry show the last of January in Minneapolis and aristocratic pussies from the northwest will be present. Mrs. Hampton Lane of the Berrisford [sic] kennels in Chicago has been invited to act as judge. Miss Meeker will exhibit some of her cats in spite of her misfortune at the last show, where Danny Deaver, a beautiful blue, was taken ill and died shortly after. But one does not need a blue ribbon to show that Miss Meeker's cats are remarkably handsome and intelligent, and each one, from the tiny kittens to the grave and dignified Egypt, has its own individual charm which makes him the meat interesting of felines.
FOR ST. PAUL ORPHANS. The Minneapolis Journal, December 6, 1902
A CAT SHOW will be held at 140 E Sixth street, St. Paul, from Dec. 17 to Dec. 20, for the benefit of the St. Paul’s orphan asylum. Mrs. R. B. Beson is manager and Mrs. Porter L. Evans associate. Mrs. Leland Norton of Chicago will act as judge. About seventy-five entries in the long-haired class have been made and the largest kennels in the west will be represented. A number of fine cats from Chicago will be shown. The same women will have charge of the charity show [which] will be held in Minneapolis Jan. 20 to 25 
CAT SHOW HELPS - The Saint Paul Globe, December 7th, 1902
The third annual cat show which will be held at St. Paul Dec. 17, 18, 19 and 20, for the benefit of the Catholic Infants' home will include some very novel features in addition to the exhibit of high felines that of course will be the main attraction of the show. Mrs. R. B. Beson, who has charge of previous cat shows given in this city, will superintend the show to be given next week. The exhibit will be held at 140 East Sixth street, and besides the musical programme that will be given every afternoon and evening by the Idlewild Concert company there will be a very funny clown in attendance, a young girl will give exhibitions in skirt dancing and there will be a graphophone concert for two hours each day.
The catalogues, very dainty affairs in white and gold with the pictures of two very handsome cats on the cover, will be issued tomorrow. Already there have been eighty-three entries of long-haired cats and a large number of short-haired cats have also been entered. There are forty-three special prizes and two silver cups to be awarded the successful contestants. A number of toy dogs will be on exhibition and three baby ’coons will be an interesting feature of the cat show. Off of the exhibit hall there will be a diet kitchen where the owners of the cats exhibited may see just how the food is prepared for their pets. Prizes will be offered for the most attractively decorated coops and the exhibition hall itself will be made attractive with Persian hangings, palms and cut flowers.
Mrs. Leland Norton, of Chicago, will be the judge of the show. The officers are: Mrs. R.B. Beson, manager; Mrs. Porter Evans, St. Louis, assistant manager; W. B. Craighead, manager pet stock; and Dr. Richard Price, veterinary surgeon.
The Catholic Infants’ home, the beneficiary of the coming cat show, was opened eight years ago by prominent Catholic women of St. Paul. Its charity is not limited by creed, however, and children of parents of all denominations have been cared for at this home; 649 Selby avenue. It is the only institution of its kind in St. Paul. The following are the officers: President, Mrs. M. F. Kennedy; first vice president, Mrs. George Walsh; secretary, Miss Helen Keough; treasurer, Miss Helen O’Brien; directors, Mrs. Michael Doran, Mrs. John W. Willis, Mrs. H. T. Quinlan, Mrs. H. P. McNair.
CAT SHOW'S CATALOGUE – The Saint Paul Globe, December 10th, 1902
The charity cat show issued its catalogue yesterday. It is a most attractive pamphlet in white and gold with the pictures of two handsome pussies on the outside. The catalogue contains the rules under which cats are entered, a description of the different classifications or classes, a list of the premiums and a list of the donors, besides the names of the officers of the show. A classification of toy dogs and of fox cats is also given. The show will open Wednesday, Dec. 17, in 140 East Sixth street. Already a large number of entries have been made, the number of local exhibitors being specially large. Mrs. R. B. Beson, manager of the cat show, has opened an office in 610 Chamber of Commerce, where she will answer inquiries or supply information concerning the show.
PEDIGREED CATS TO SHOW FOR CHARITY – The Saint Paul Globe, December 14th, 1902
The beaus and belles of catdom will compete for the coveted blue ribbon, which is the prize the modern world has devised for beauty, next Wednesday morning in the exhibit hall, 140 East Sixth street. High-born tabbies, in beautifully decorated cages, will have an opportunity to survey with scorn those felines of lowly birth, who may by chance stray into the sacred inclosure of feline aristocracy.
The third annual cat show, which is given for the benefit of the Catholic Infants’ home, promises to be a success, judging from the large number of entries that have already been made and the general interest it has aroused. The show will be opened during the day and evening of Dec. 16, for the decoration of cage boxes, which are to be 26 inches wide, 26 inches deep and 26 inches high. No decorations will be permitted after 10 a. m. Wednesday. Prizes have been offered for the best decorated boxes, and these, as well as the prizes for the cats, will be decided upon early during the show.
The exhibit will be open to the general public Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, of this week, from 10 o’clock in the morning to 11 in the evening. Various interesting features have been arranged for each day that will give variety to the show and add to the enjoyment of the patrons. The cats will have to divide attention with the toy terriers, for a number of owners of these tiny dogs have entered their pets. The toy dog exhibit will include Yorkshires, black and tan, poodle, Spanish wriffetts [sic] and maltese terriers. Baby coons and fox cats will also be exhibited.
Three silver cups are awarded in addition to the other prizes. A cup will be awarded the best white cat exhibited, the best tabby cat exhibited and the best self-colored and white cat exhibited.
Tomorrow the work of decorating the hall and arranging the diet kitchen will be commenced. Persian draperies will give a cosy effect to the hall, and palms and potted plants will further enhance its attractive appearance. The diet kitchen will be fitted up with everything necessary to promote the good digestion of the pussies.
Many of the cats already entered are of unusual beauty. A St. Paul woman will exhibit an entire kennel of longhaired beauties. Prince “Teddy,” the big, fluffy-haired cat, which attracted so much attention last year, is to be numbered among the exhibits this year also.
WILL EXHIBIT CATS OF DEGREE - The Saint Paul Globe, December 17th, 1902
Long-haired cats and short-haired cats, cats with blue eyes and cats with green eyes, big cats and little cats will be on exhibition today at 140 East Sixth street, where the third annual cat show is to be held. All arrangements for the convenience of patrons and the comfort of the pedigreed cats were completed yesterday, so that when the show opens today there will be nothing to detract the attention of the visitors from the pussies themselves.
About 100 cats have been secured for the show and these include some of the highest-priced felines in this country. States as far away as Nebraska and Colorado will be represented in the exhibit. Mrs. R. B. Beson, who so successfully managed the two previous cat shows that have been held in St. Paul, has charge of this one, which will continue until Saturday evening. The exhibition will be conducted under the rules of Harrison Weir, of London, a recognized authority on the subject of cats. Besides five silver cups, the prize list includes seventy minor prizes. Mrs. Leland Norton, of Chicago, will judge the show.
A feature of the exhibit will be the diet kitchen where the cats’ food will be prepared under the supervision of competent people. Dr. Richard Price, the St. Paul veterinary, will look after the health of the pussies.
The cat show this year is on a much more elaborate scale than that of last year. The exhibit hall is more commodious and a women’s reception room has been fitted up for the convenience of women visitors. In addition to the exhibit of cats, toy dogs and baby ’coons, interesting features have been provided for each afternoon and evening of the show. These will include among other things a phonograph, a Christmas clown and a skirt dancer. A string orchestra will be in attendance and a number of vocal and instrumental solos will be given.
The beneficiary of the cat show, the Catholic Infants’ home, is the only institution of its kind in the city. It faces a long, and what will probably prove a severe winter, and is in need of a large sum of money to carry it successfully through the cold season.
ST. PAUL’S CAT SHOW. – The Minneapolis Journal, December 18th, 1902
The St. Paul cat show at 140 East Sixth street opened yesterday and fifty-six cats were shown. This is twenty-three more than last year and six more arrived to-day. There are also three baby coons and seven toy dogs in the show.
PICTURESQUE CATS ON VIEW The Saint Paul Globe, December 18, 1902
Exhibit of Choice and Aristocratic Felines Opens Auspiciously - Rare Specimens to Be Seen.
Beyond the fact that Nellie and Lady were side-tracked at Galesburg, and didn’t reach St. Paul until after the show had opened, and that Kittie White lost her pedigree, which was neatly written on white paper and tied with pale blue ribbons, the third annual cat show opened most uneventfully yesterday. But it opened auspiciously, too, for the cats exhibited were many and handsome, the cages were most attractively decorated and the exhibit hall at 140 East Sixth street, well lighted and commodious.
There were fifty-six cats exhibited yesterday, twenty-three more than were exhibited last year, besides three baby ’coons and seven toy dogs. Six more cats are expected this morning. The variety of cats shown at the cat show will astonish those people who are familiar only with the plain, everyday cat that prefers back yard fences to an artistically decorated cage. One of the cats exhibited has blue eyes. Its name is Freddie, and it is owned by Mrs. E. W. Nettleton, of this city. The long-haired cats have beautiful furry ruffs that would provoke the envy of an Elizabethan belle were she alive to see them. The short-haired cats have smooth, glossy coats and are of imposing size and lordly mien.
Mrs. Beson, Mrs. E. W. Nettleton and Mrs. E. A. Sylvester, of Minneapolis, exhibit their entire kennels. Mrs. Nettleton’s cats respond to such fancy names as Peg Woffington, Dolly Varden, Lady Annis and Skookum Sklee. Mrs. Sylvester's kennel includes Lady Puff and Capt. Bob. Mrs. G. Frederick Beck exhibits a famous tabby, Zimity Zam, one of the beauties of the cat show. Mrs. Leland Norton, of Chicago, exhibits her beautiful white cat, Linden. One of the cats, a blue and white angora, is to be raffled for charity during the show. It occupies a handsomely decorated cage in the exhibits hall.
Although the cats are of first importance in the show, they do not crowd the dogs and the three baby, 'coons entirely to the wall. Indeed a small Spitz terrier looks so much like a long-haired cat that many yesterday mistook him for one. The dogs are all of the toy terrier variety and are a most attractive feature of the exhibit.
This morning Mrs. Leland Norton will begin the judging. The exhibit will be open every day this week from 10 a. m. to 11 p. m. it is held for the benefit of the Catholic Infants’ home and on that account, as well as because of its own merit, deserves a liberal patronage. The officers are: Mrs. R. B. Beson, superintendent; Mrs. Porter L. Evans, St. Louis, assistant superintendent; Mrs. E. M. Sloggy, secretary,
PRIZES ARE AWARDED TO OWNERS OF TABBIES OF DEGREE AT THE CAT SHOW – The Saint Paul Globe, December 19, 1902
The prized blue ribbon appeared on many of the cages at the cat show yesterday, for early in the morning Mrs. Leland Norton, of Chicago, began the judging and before noon the work was well under way. Miss Fox, owned by Mrs. R. B. Beson, proved to be the highest scoring red cat in the show. Prince Silver Bubbles, a silver and white Persian, owned by Mrs. E. M. Sloggy, of St. Paul, also scored 100. Prince Silver Bubbles was a prize winner last year. A handsome tortoise shell kitten, owned by Mrs. Sloggy, was also conceded to have the coveted number of points — 100.
While all the kennels have received their share of prizes, a number of cats in each kennel have fallen below what was expected, having been marked down on general condition. The show was well attended, both afternoon and evening yesterday, and not only the cats, but the toy dogs as well, were admired to their hearts' content. Mr. Napier, of St. Paul, has housed his beautiful white Angora cat in an electric lighted cage that presents a most attractive appearance in the evening. Some of the cages have mirrors hanging on the wall and in every cage there are beautiful cushions and gay ribbon bows. The show will continue open throughout the week, closing Saturday evening.
Mrs. Leland Norton, the judge, announced the following prize winners yesterday, the list being arranged into classes, name of winner and owner:
Blue-eyed white male: “Fred,” Mrs, Nettleton, first.
Blue-eyed white kitten: “Napoleon,” M. Cinmet, Minneapolis, first.
White, any colored eyes, male: “Royal Apollo,’' Mrs. J. G. Krumeck, first.
White, any colored eyes, female: “Lady Annis,” Mrs. Nettleton, first; “Maude,” Mrs. Krumeck, second; “Alpha,” W. S. Napier, third.
White kitten, any colored eyes: “Kittie,” Mrs. Nettleton, first; Mrs. Beson, second.
Solid black male: “Prince Henry,” N. D. Lammers, Stillwater, first; “Prince," Mrs. Hibbard, Minneapolis, second.
Solid black female: “Black Fluff,” N. D. Lammers, first; “Blackie,” from Friend. Neb., second; Mrs. Beson, third.
Solid blue female: “Queen,” N. D. Lammers, second.
Blue and white, male: “Captain Bob,! Mrs. Sylvester, first.
Blue and white kitten: Mrs. Sylvester.
Silver and white tabby: “Silver Bubbles,” Mrs. E. M. Sloggy, first.
Silver and white, female: Mrs. Kehoe, Stillwater.
Red and white, male. “Li Hung Chang,” Mrs. Van Meter, first.
Red and white, female: “Foxy,” Mrs. Beson, first; “Skookum,” Mrs. Nettleton, second; “Echo,” Mrs. Sloggy, third.
PRINCE SILVER BUBBLES AND LORD REX ARE THE PRIZE WINNING TABBIES – The Saint Paul Globe, December 20, 1902
Prince Silver Bubbles, Lord Rex and Freddie are the three big prize winners of the cat show, for each has been awarded by the judge, Mrs. Leland Norton, of Chicago, a handsome silver cup. Freddie won principally because he is all white and blue-eyed; Rex, because he is the handsomest tabby cat exhibited, and Prince Silver Bubbles, because of the excellent condition of his coat, which is of a beautiful silver color with white spots. Mrs. Nettleton, of St. Paul; Mrs. Beson, of St. Paul, and Mrs. E. M. Sloggy are the respective owners.
The cats exhibited this year have all been remarkably well behaved. They have remained in front of their cages as if they delighted in being stared at; they have eaten the food offered them without making fuss; and they have all kept their claws concealed and refrained from snarling.
A plump white kitten had a fit the first day of the show, but this has been the only catastrophe, and it proved to be a very tiny one, for the kitten soon recovered. The raffle for the white Angora cat will be closed this evening .and the name of the winner announced.
The show itself closes this evening. There has been some talk about removing the exhibit to a more convenient location on Seventh street, but a number of exhibitors have objected to this as: they don’t care to have their pets exhibited for a longer space of time than that originally planned. The attendance was better yesterday than it has been, but it has fallen far below the expectations of those, who arranged the show. The management attributed this to the somewhat inconvenient location, which is out of the way of the Christmas shoppers.
The judging has been concluded and the exhibitors all express themselves as being well satisfied with the awards made. Mrs. E. W. Nettleton, of St. Paul, received the prize for having the best kennel display. There will be a special musical programme afternoon and evening at the show.
CHARITY CAT SHOW WILL BE CONTINUED – The Saint Paul Globe, December 21, 1902
Exhibit Not a Financial Success on Account of Poor Location of Hall. The charity cat show, which was held the last half of the week at 140 East Sixth street, closed last evening, but the show will be continued under independent management for three days of this week, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, in the store room at Seventh and Cedar streets. Financially the charity cat show has not been a success, chiefly, so the managers claim, because of the poor location of the exhibition hall. However, the show brought together some of the most experienced fanciers in the Twin Cities and neighboring towns.
CAT SHOW MOVES TO ANOTHER LOCATION – The Saint Paul Globe, December 22, 1902
Will Be Continued for Three Days More at Corner of Cedar and Seventh Streets.
The cat show is removed! The location at Sixth street east was deemed undesirable, and all day yesterday the management was busily engaged in effecting the removal to the northwest corner of Seventh street and Cedar. Those holding tickets for the Sixth street show will find that their tickets will not be honored at the new place of exhibition. Today, Tuesday and Wednesday will witness the exposition at the new place of
Feline abode. The holders of tickets for the kitten raffle will have the same chance as those who will purchase tickets at the new location.
CATS THAT WON PRIZES – The Minneapolis Journal, December 22, 1902
The Minneapolis prize winners in the St. Paul cat show are as follows:
Mrs. E. A. Sylvester of Bedford avenue SE won first prize with Phyllis, Sapho and Captain Bob in the long-haired classes and special on Captain Bob as the best cat from Minneapolis, also special in Sappho as best white and blue.
Miss Myrtle Morrison of Clarence avenue, first on her kitten, fluffy.
Dr. Foote won first and special on brown banded tabby, Prince Rado.
W. R. H. Simuelt of Sixth avenue N won first on blue eyed white Angora kitten, Napoleon; first and special in white Maltese, Kittie; two-firsts and a special in French poodles, Ruby and Flossy.
Dr. Cannon won first on blue and white Angora kitten, also special in the same class.