Hybridizer Mrs. John Edgar(Thura) Truax Hires (1886-1955)
Strafford, Pennsylvania, USA
From The Bulletin of the American Iris Society, No. 140(January 1956)
: Mrs. Thura Hires, wife of the late John Edgar Hires, of "Rehobeth," Stafford, Pa., active in historical and patriotic organizations, died last October at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Marshall I. Groff in Bryn Mawr. Mrs. Hires was director of the Pennsylvania Parks Association, a founder of the American Iris Society, and a member of the Daughters of the Baron of Runnemede, Daughters of the Seventeenth Century, the Colonial Dames, the Civic Club, Daughters of the American Colonists, and other organizations. She is also survived by another daughter, Mrs. Lewis L. Schock, Jr., of. Virginia, and a son, Charles Edgar Hires of Ardmore. Her husband died in 1951.
Mrs. Hires had been inactive of late years in the Society, but her iris garden, at beautiful Rehobeth was one of the finest in the East and contained many of the newest varieties. It was an extensive garden laid out on ground that sloped away from a prerevolutionary house restored some years ago by Mrs. Hires. The grounds themselves of great historical significance, were only a stone's throw from Valley Forge. Mrs. Hires was prominent in the early organization of the AIS. She was especially interested in the work of the Judges and was instrumental in the development of the AIS Sponsored Iris Show on a national basis.
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