Written by Janet Tomlinson, Historian
In 1940, a Scottish Terrier named Painsley Necessity (A-221,482) won the title of C.D. (Companion Dog) at American Kennel Club Obedience Test Trials.
Ardoch Echo (A-219,563), Balgay Drummer Boy (A-150,557), Cedar Pond Coquette (A292,958), Deephaven Delhinium (A-342,371), Heather Criterion (A-382-697) and Royalist’s Sandy Boy (A-27,352) became Champions of Record in July, 1940.
In 1940, the Vita-Fresh Dog Food Corporation, manufacturing Vita-Best Dog Food, moved to a new plant at Astoria, Long Island. The new plant contained 80,000 square feet of manufacturing space along with water front. An extensive advertising and sales campaign was instituted, as well as wider national distribution. The use of a Scottish Terrier silhouette was used in their July 1940 ad.
On Sunday, August 18th, 1940, Russell H. Johnson, President of the American Kennel Club died suddenly.
On August 12, 1940, Vonton P. Breese, a nationally known judge, who had his first judging assignment in 1900 at New Bedford, Mass, passed away from a heart condition. From 1900 to 1940 Vonton P. Breese judged every large show in the country and on three occasions had passed out the Best In Show ribbons at the Westminster Kennel Club.
In 1940, a lot happened. Miss Jean Grant, a well-known breeder of Glenboig, Scotland visited Canada and later, as a guest of Mrs. A.M. Henshaw of Cincinnati, visited the United States. Miss Grant was well known in Great Britain Scottish Terrier circles.
In 1940, Dor-El Kennels of Prospect, Ohio, bred their Scottish Terrier, Acton Hill Gold Fair to Mrs. Winant’s Ch. Heather Independence. Seven puppies resulted from this breeding, and it was reported that there was not a runt in the litter. The Dor-El Kennels also owned four fine pups from an imported bitch, Eightsome Reel of Blossomlea. The quartette was sired by Ch. Walsing Warrant, owned by Mr. Pollak. Two other bitches were in whelp at Dor-El that year to Relgalf studs. One to Sound Laddie and one to Bradthorne Bullion.
1n 1940, M.C. Days wrote a letter stating they were vacationing at Fox Lake in Minnesota. They told how the fish were biting fine and the few Scotties they had along were having a wonderful time. Their Ch. Black Ace pups were selling exceptionally well, and males went to Mrs. Myra E. Harris of Winnipeg, Canada, Mrs. C.F. Codere, Sunfish Lake, St Paul, Mrs. H.B. Hyans, St. Paul, and Mr. and Mrs. Burnside of Minneapolis. The Burnsides were planning to show. It was reported that while at the Madison, Wis., show, the Days sold a nice pup, a Black Ace daughter to M.S. Miles, Marshfield, Wis. This was the second Black Ace pup purchased by Mr. Miles. He also owned a male by this dog, Black Angus of Milestone, and the Days showed him at both Wausau and Madison and took a Reserve. Mr. and Mrs. E.A. Nobblein, had just returned from a vacation in Yellowstone Park and to get back into things, bought a nice son of Ch. Black Ace. The Days had a little brother to this dog that they kept and planned to show. Another daughter, and the best of them all, Bronze Beauty, went to Mr. And Mrs. George Hicks of Chicago.
In 1940, at the midsummer sanction show of the Canadian Terrier Club held on the estate of A. Palmer, Esq., Ballycliff Kennels, Toronto, Dr. Secretan’s Aberdeen’s Dark Victory, a son of Ch. Desril rock and Ch. Susan of Agbrigg, was Best Pup in Show. On August 5th, at the Toronto Ladies’ Kennel Association, Desril Rock was Best of Breed. Out of twelve times shown since August 1939, Rock was Best of Breed eleven times, Winner of the Terrier Group six times and Reserve Best in Show twice.
In 1940, Royalist Sandy Boy owned by Mr. and Mrs. Turk Humphrey, Memphis, Tenn., and pictured here, became a champion of record. He was handled throughout his career by John Banks and won his major points at Springfield, Ill., Louisville, Ky., and Indianapolis, Ind. He was five times Best of Breed. Royalist Sandy Boy was bred by Mrs. R.M. Koontz, Roanoke, VA. Mr. and Mrs. Humphrey had just acquired from T.W. Bennett, of the Deephaven Kennels, the lovely young bitch, Deephaven Declaration. She is to be remembered as Best of Winners at the International in Chicago and she had been Best of Breed and Winner of the Terrier Group Breed and at the Minneapolis All-Breed show, Winners Bitch at Spring Lake and Best of Breed and third in the group at Grand Rapids. She was also handled by John Banks.
In 1940, the Elgin, Illinois newspaper carried considerable publicity about a Scottie, Wee Death Valley Scotty, owned by Miss Floy K. Appleby, Elgin. It seemed that Scotty was awarded a National Diploma of Honor for having saved the lives of some 25 dogs, by acting as a blood donor. It was understood that Scotty had traveled from coast to coast and gave 29 transfusions.
In 1940, Mr. and Mrs. Henry D. Israel, Dayton, Ohio, were highly elated over the fact that their Paisley Necessity had achieved the CD title. This dog was trained and shown by Mrs. Israel.
In 1940, Mrs. John G. Winant had just brought over the great English sire, Heather Ambassador. With him came Willforth’s Water Lass, consigned to Mrs. Charlotte Johnston of Concord, N.H. Speaking of Mrs. Johnston, Dr. Ewing’s dog, Heather Topsman, is a full brother to the three pups which are pictured here. Topsman was imported in April, 1940 and the Johnston pups came over in utero. All were by Ch. Heather Beau Ideal ex. Ch. Heather Patience.
In 1940, the Scottish Terrier Club of Chicago had a very successful puppy match on June 9th. Best Male Pup was Mrs. E. J. Barrett’s homebred, Elbee Little Buckaroo, Best female pup and Best in Match, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Blain’s Cinders.