Hybridizer Clarence G. White --(1869-1957)

Redlands, California, USA

Won Hybridizer Award for 1944.

NOTED HYBRIDIZER DIES IN REDLANDS [AIS Bulletin No. 148(January 1958)]

Clarence G. White, iris breeder, philanthropist, and prominent citizen died in Redlands, Calif., Oct. 22. He was eighty-eight years old and had been in declining health for some time. Mr. White was born in Cleveland and prepared for college at Brooks Military Academy and was class valedictorian. Physically unable to take the regular course at Harvard University, he spent three years with the class of 1894 as a special student. Then he went to Florida where his family owned a plantation. There he raised potatoes until 1905. The early potato business in Florida was developed largely from his experiments.

After his marriage in 1905 to Florence R. Fisk of Berkeley they went to Hawaii where he became the largest individual grower of pineapples in the Haiku region. He was a trustee of Maunaola Seminary, a school primarily for native girls, and a trustee of the Maui aid society, engaged in social and religious betterment work. When he returned to the mainland after 11 years in Hawaii, he specialized in raising flowers. The White family came to Redlands in 1919 and soon established their permanent home, Whitehill, at Sunset Drive and Mariposa. Mrs. White died in 1947. In the twenties he interested Redlands school children in roses and made it possible for them to buy at a nominal sum Paul Scarlet climbers and Cecil Brunner bushes. Thousands of them are growing in Redlands yards today.

The Prosellis-the structure that provides the stage setting at the Bowl-was the gift of Mr. and Mrs. White. It took the place of the old band shell that had been moved from the site of the present Lincoln Shrine. Prosellis means "before the seats" and was invented by the donors. More than a thousand concerts of the Redlands Community Association have been presented there. In his iris hybridizing, Mr. White pioneered the crossing of the oncocyclus with the eupogons. He sought to incorporate the exotic and beautiful markings and colorations of the former with the height and vigor of the latter. His seedlings were known the world over for their vivid and unique colors. He was a Life Member of the AIS and the recipient of the Hybridizer's Medal from the Society.

An extensive article entitled The Origin of C.G. White Hybrids, may be found in AIS Bulletin #216, January 1975, pp. 32-41.

Tribute to C. G. White from The Court Of Iris catalog, 1955: CLARENCE G. WHITE WITH THE GRACIOUS PERMISSION OF ONE OF THE IRIS WORLD'S GREATEST HYBRIDIZERS, WE MOST RESPECTFULLY DEDICATE THIS ISSUE, OUR 1955 CATALOG TO MR. CLARENCE G. WHITE. WE BELIEVE THAT NO AMOUNT OF PRAISE OR CREDIT COULD POSSIBLY BALANCE HIS GREAT SERVICE TO THAT WORLD OF BEAUTY OVER WHICH THE GODDESS IRIS HOLDS SWAY. HIS FORESIGHT, HIS PLANS, HIS DREAMS AND LABORS HAVE BEEN CROWNED WITH AN ACHIEVEMENT WHICH FEW OTHERS MAY EVER ATTAIN. WHEN HE CHOSE TO WORK WITH THAT 'LILY OF THE FIELD WHICH TOILS NOT', HE ASSUMED A LABOR OF LOVE WHICH IS FRAUGHT WITH DIFFICULTIES AND DISAPPOINTMENTS, FOR THE SPECIE ONCOCYCLUS IS PERHAPS THE LEAST AMENABLE OF THE GENUS TO LIVE AND BLOSSOM IN CAPTIVITY. THE MAGNIFICENT BEAUTIES WHICH HE HAS CREATED IN SUCH OVERWHELMING NUMBERS ARE AN EVER PRESENT TESTIMONIAL TO HIS UNWAVERING FAITH, PATIENCE, FIDELITY AND SKILL. IT IS THEREFORE, WITH PARDONABLE PRIDE, THAT WE DEDICATE THIS CATALOG TO A MAN WHO TRULY WORKS WITH THE FORCES OF NATURE AND THAT GREAT ARCHITECT OF THE UNIVERSE WHO SAID "I DO PLACE MY BOW IN THE CLOUD."

Registrations/Introductions:

Aril/Arilbred: 'Abdullah Khan'; 'Aha'; 'Ahmed Aga'; 'Akmed'; 'Akmid Pasha'; 'Another Day'; 'Arjuna Aga'; 'Arslan Pasha'; 'Asoka of Nepal'; Azim'; 'Bali Agha'; Baltis'; 'Bambino'; 'Bandar Pasha'; 'Bayan Khan'; 'Beisan Aga'; 'Bed Time'; 'Beladi'; 'Black Joppa'; Brillig'; 'Bride Elect'; 'Butterfly Wings'; 'Buzz'; 'By Jove'; 'Byler Aga'; 'Chaldean Treasure'; 'Chenik Aga'; 'Citrine'; 'Chosen'; 'Cogette'; 'CoStar'; 'Damascus Blade' 'Dear Mr'; 'Due West'; 'Early Mass'; 'El Kizar'; 'Enchanted'; 'Esdraelon'; 'Evening Light'; 'Fair Enough'; 'Farcross'; 'Farmerette'; 'Gengi'; 'Harib Pasha'; 'Hasim Pasha'; 'Heraldry'; 'Herself'; 'Hijin'; 'Hillside Show'; 'Honor Bright'; 'Imam Adib'; 'Imam Ahmid'; 'Imam Asmara'; 'Imam Jaban'; 'Imam Jinnah'; 'Imam Marib'; 'Imam Razin'; 'Imam Salah'; 'Imam Salem'; 'Iman Onco'; 'Jabal Aziz'; 'Jabal Kerak'; 'Jallah Ad Din'; 'Jallah Effendi'; 'Jataka of Nagasena'; 'Jebel Jehar'; 'Jinjang'; 'Jocund'; 'Joel Aga'; 'Joppa Parrot'; 'Jumna', 'Kalifa Abra'; 'Kalifa Arvetia'; 'Kalifa Baltis'; 'Kalifa Buddook'; 'Kalifa Fatima'; 'Kalifa Gulnare'; 'Kalifa Hirfa'; 'Kaifa Kabul'; 'Kalif Azzam'; 'Kalif Malik'; 'Kalif Omar'; 'Khalil Effendi'; 'King Henry'; 'Kish'; 'Krim Aga'; 'Laban Effendi'; 'Landmark'; 'Mara of Benares'; 'Margaret Cruise'; 'Marquise La Greca'; 'Marukh'; 'Melic'; 'Mihrab'; 'Mohrson'; 'Molasses'; 'Mozo'; 'Mustapha'; 'Myomy'; 'Near East'; 'Nebab Pasha'; 'Nelson of Hilly'; 'Opentyde'; 'Osman Pasha'; 'Over Here'; 'Oyez'; 'Pali of Bactria'; 'Piala Pasha'; 'Pitty Pat'; 'Plaything'; 'Present'; 'Princeling'; 'Regard'; 'Sardis'; 'Sayyed Yarmuk'; 'Sheriffa'; 'Sidi Moulay'; 'Sidi Pasha'; 'Simplex Munditis'; 'Somebody'; 'Some Love'; 'Susan of Hilly'; 'Taps'; 'Tatai Pasha'; 'Teheran', 'Top Hilly'; 'True Enough', 'Variant'; 'Vinaya of Shankara'; Viveza'; 'Westways'; 'Wine of Shiraz'; 'Yarkand'; 'Yoho'; 'Young April'; 'Yussuf'; 'Zia'; 'Zircon'.

´╗┐Intermediate Bearded: 'Akmed', 'Bambino', 'Bed Time', 'Brillig', 'Buzz', 'By Jove', 'Cogette', 'Hijin', 'Hillside Show', 'Imam Asmara', 'Imam Jinnah', 'Imam Marib', 'Kish', 'True Enough', 'Variant',

Tall Bearded: 'Al Siral', Alta Rosa'; 'Always'; 'Answer'; 'Appointee', 'Blue Peter'; 'Bride Elect'; 'Blue Peter'; 'California Trek'; 'Elan'; 'Elena Choosing'; 'El Tigrito', 'EntreNous'; 'Episode'; 'Especially You', 'Evening Light'; 'Ex President'; 'Fiesta'; 'Gangway'; 'Good Sir'; 'Incognito'; 'Islamabad'; 'Kinsman'; 'Ladak'; 'Lady Paramount'; 'Lucre'; 'Maharajah', 'Morning Song'; 'Noel'; 'Pali of Bactria'; 'Piala Pasha'; 'Quaker Mischief'; 'Regelia'; 'Ric'; 'Son Robert'; 'Spring Aria'; 'Spring Secretary'; 'Sweet Alibi'; 'Symbol'; 'Templar'; 'Toast'; 'Tuesday's Child'; 'Tutti Frutti'; 'View Halloo'; 'Your Worship'; 'Zircon'.

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