My brain is a whirling dervish of curiosity and questions. My mother scolded me for asking them at times, if she deemed them too nosy or intrusive but even at an early age I decided the only way to get an answer was to ask a question!
I've had a question that has gone unanswered for a long time, and yesterday it popped up again. You might find this interesting. Clarence Bloomfield Moore.pdf (274.71 KB)
So, now I have you wondering what Clarence Moore, and the Titanic have to do with Dexters, right? I found him even more interesting since he was a native West Virginian. . . .. how could one not have questions!!!!
Well, yesterday as I was entering registrations and researching pedigrees, and an old curiosity resurfaced. WHO was Mrs. Clarence Moore? Not only was she an early Dexter owner in the first American herd book, she is recorded as living just down the road in the next county. Kensington Maryland is close to the DC Beltway today. . . . . and there is NO farmland. But back in the beginning of last century the developers had yet to wipe out the farmland that surrounds DC in the Maryland and Virginia suburbs. Still, I wondered. ... why did this woman have early imports ( Gort)? I thought it would be interesting if I could find any grandchildren and see if there were photos or records of the Dexters.
A search for Mrs. Clarence Moore led me to the article on Clarence Bloomfield Moore. She was his widow. Not only did he buy those top-of-the-line hunting dogs in Europe, he also purchased Dexters. There was fear that the animals had gone down with the Titanic, but neither the dogs nor the Dexters were on the boat with Mr. Moore.
Mrs. Moore appears to have been a wealthy woman in her own right. She descended from the Swift meat packing family of Chicago, and they owned mansions in several locations. The Dexters arrived in Kensington, Maryland, and I am sure they were quite an item. Still looking for those articles and photos! ! I did find a small mention in the Washington Times archives.
Speaking of curiosities, I've been coming across Dexters with the name Marsh.
Was this a herd name used in England and if so who were the breeders? Other than the names of a few animals I haven't found much information. My family name is Marsh and I know we came from England/Germany areas in Europe. Who knows we could even be related.