History of Our Old-Style
We always want to learn more, so if anyone out there knows anything about or anyone connected to the old Green Lane Cattery, please contact us! We'd also like to thank Dr. Cristy Bird for providing us with some history of the cattery so that we knew to get started on our search for the cats, and Lynn Tennyson for finding the only information we have on the owner of this old cattery.
Born April 11, 1956
As far as we can determine, the Green Lane Cattery was solely owned by Mrs. Rex Naugle (Elizabeth Stewart Cogill Naugle). She was born in 1900 and died in 1984. Elizabeth Naugle was originally from Primos, Pennsylvania; her last address with CFA is listed as Lansdowne, Pennsylvania.
Sadly, nearly almost all of the very old catteries either closed or dropped the Green Lane lineage (along with most of the other excellent old lines) when the Siamese breed went to the extreme look we see at cat shows today. Breeders started breeding their cats mainly to the most extreme cats of their era. You will be able to notice this if you look at the show-style pedigrees from that period.
What makes our cats so special, is that the Green Lane ancestors of most other catteries Old-Style Siamese can only be found many, many generations back in the pedigrees, whereas our cats have them quite close to the fore. All of those extra generations have caused the cats to evolve much farther away from the Green Lane" look," while our cats still look the same as they did in the 1950s.
From all available information, Elizabeth Naugle bred and owned Green Lane Sam, the last important cat from Green Lane Cattery (an important cat is one that generates lots of descendants that survive to the present day). We currently have one queen and one stud boy who are great-great-grandchildren of Green Lane Sam. Our recently retired queen is his great-granddaughter, and we have a new dad-to be that is a great-grandson. Our other two stud boys are Sam's great-great-grandsons from other separate branches of the Green Lane descendants.
Happily, by good fortune, the old line continues here at Archenland, Blackfoot River, Cloudcity and Sandypoints catteries-- in good health, with genetic diversity, and the same old grace, beauty and intelligence as it has had for the past thirty-some years.
Elizabeth Naugle dealt primarily with old catteries such as Wu Cattery, Newton Cattery, Doneraile Cattery, and Hollycat Cattery when buying breeding cats. She sold her Green Lane cats to a number of later catteries, such as Velvet Paws. Because those later catteries were very active in the breed, you can find some Green Lane cats in almost every Siamese pedigree.
Elizabeth Naugle collaborated with Newton Cattery, which was owned by Virginia Cobb. Ms. Cobb started the Newton Cattery in the 1930s, but was still breeding until at least 1950. Although Green Lane started with several different queens, the queens were bred primarily to studs from the Newton Cattery, which links the lineage directly to the Newton cats.
The earliest Green Lane queens we are able to document with certainty are from 1948. This does not rule out earlier ones, as at first, Elizabeth. Naugle registered her cats with CFF (Cat Fancier's Federation). Later she switched to CFA. In 1953, Naugle imported (at least) two extremely fine cats from England. It is from her cattery's British imports that Green Lane's most important studs came. One of these cats was Ch. Green Lane Vance.
Green Lane Sam's parents did not bear her cattery name because although she did not breed Sam's actual parents, she did breed some of their ancestors. In other words, she had to have owned and bred Fugi Lil' Kit (Sam's dam), in order for her son, Green Lane Sam, to be entitled to bear Elizabeth Naugle's cattery prefix, "Green Lane." A breeder can only put her own cattery prefix on the offspring if she's the owner of the dam at the time of the dam's pregnancy.
Elizabeth Naugle probably bought Sam's sire from another breeder because he was descended from some of the cats she herself bred. One should not be confused by the names of Sam's parents, Sing-Song Dara (sire) and Fugi Lil' Kit (dam.), because Naugle certainly owned Sam's parents even though she did not breed them.
Born May 14, 1953 and expecting kittens in this photo.*
Elizabeth Naugle was the owner of Ch. Doneraile Brun Malvana (see photo above), a chocolate point female Siamese whom she imported from England. She bought Malvana from Mrs. Kathleen Williams, the owner of Doneraile Cattery in England. Malvana is Green Lane Sam's great-great-great-grandmother. With Ch. Beauchat Brunnescens Lynn of Wu, and Malvana, Elizabeth Naugle bred R.M. Dbl. Gr. Ch. Green Lane Van of Velvet Shadow (see photo at top of page), a chocolate point male, and a very important stud found in many Old-Style, as well as Show-Style pedigrees. He was bred by Naugle and owned by Cerise Thrift. His parents were Ch. Green Lane Vance and Doneraile Brun Malvana (both owned by Elizabeth. Naugle).
Born May 15, 1958
Dbl. Gr. and Quint. Ch. Green Lane Beryl (see photo above), was bred by Elizabeth Naugle and owned by Mr. and Mrs. Leigh Manley. Beryl's sire was Gr. Ch. Green Lane Van of Velvet Shadow, bred by Ms. Naugle and owned by Cerise Thrift. Cerise Thrift, the owner of Velvet Shadow Cattery, appears to have been one of the later breeders with whom Elizabeth Naugle worked closely. Beryl's dam was Green Lane Miranda.
R.M. Gr. Ch. Gidgetta of Cyreccia (see photo below) was another very influential chocolate point queen you will find in lots and lots of Old-Style and Show-Style pedigrees. She was bred by Sue McNally, but Gidgetta's sire was also Gr. Ch. Green Lane Van of Velvet Shadow.
Born July 14, 1960
Dr. Cristy Bird, Sarsenstone Cattery
Genealogy research by Lynn Tennyson
CFA certified pedigrees
Photos/text from This is the Siamese Cat by Marge Naples
(Published in 1964 by T.F.H. Publications, Inc.)
* Photo/text from Siamese Cat Book by Vera M. Nelson
(Published in 1967/76 by T.F.H. Publications, Inc. Ltd.)
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