Clarence Avery Swearengen (1898-1969)

Clarence A. Swearengen, Terre Haute, Indiana, USA

Clarence A. Swearengen, of Terre Haute, Ind., and an active member of AIS, passed away at the age of 71. He is survived by his widow, Margaret, a daughter, Mrs. E. J. Welch, and a granddaughter. He was a retired employee of the Pennsylvania Railroad, with forty-five years of service. He was a pilot in the World War I Air Force. He served as president of the Society for Japanese Irises from 1963 to 1966, and was a Bulletin contributor. His ORIENTAL TRACERY, one of the most outstanding of American Japanese varieties, is pictured in the April 1969 Bulletin. "Bob", as he was affectionately called by everyone who knew him well, had been an iris enthusiast for years, even growing a sizable collection of species. In 1946, when passing the writer's garden during bloom season, he was attracted by the display of color visible from the roadside, and came in for closer observation. Thus came about his affection for Japanese irises during the remaining years of his life, and a warm personal friendship. He registered his first Japanese irises in 1963, and already three of his introductions have won the HM award. In his garden he grew a collection of species of considerable importance and maintained an historical planting of old and rare Japanese varieties. He was a person of numerous and varied interests, a tireless worker, and possessed a profound knowledge along many and diverse lines. He was an acute and discerning judge of the iris. His contributions to iris literature were well written and authoritative and highly instructive. His was a rare personality, the likes of which are not too common. - Arlie Payne - AIS Bulletin #196, January 1970, p.42]

Registrations/Introductions:

Japanese: 'Blue Honey', 'Come Look', 'Dame Violet', 'Frances Horton', 'I Go Kum', 'Inca Spirit', 'Le Cordon Bleu', 'Light of Chaumont', 'Midnight Violet', 'Mighty White', 'Mulberry Pie', 'Ninety Nine', 'Oriental Harmony', 'Oriental Tracery', 'Oxblood Ruby', 'Plumed Beauty', 'Purple Peacock', 'Right White', 'Ruffled Hyacinth', 'Veined and Beautiful', 'Vestal Trident'

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