ABOVE IS A VERY RARE IMAGE OF ACTOR E.K. LINCOLN ADVERTISING HIS CINEMA WORK AND HIS DOGS…A TREASURE FROM MY PERSONAL COLLECTION
Mr. E.K. Lincoln and his Greenacre Kennels was one of the most prominent figures in early American chow history with an amazing legacy of winners and producers, not to mention his incredible legacy in Hollywood as actor and director in silent films.
Lincoln’s wife, Ada Olive Van Heusen Singer Lincoln , was sister in law to Mrs. Proctor of Blue Dragon kennel fame. After a lot of digging, I finally determined that Mr. Proctor was Ada Olive V.H. Singer Lincoln’s brother.
BELOW IS A WONDERFUL ARTICLE FROM APRIL 1916 THAT I TRANSCRIBED FROM SOME BARELY READABLE TEXT WITH IMAGES INSERTED FROM MY COLLECTION OF GREENACRE MEMORABILIA . SOME ARE IMAGES ARE FADED I GRANT YOU, BUT BETTER TO SEE THE FEW FADED IMAGES THAN NOTHING AT ALL. IN MY EYES THEY ARE PRICELESS.
CHAMPIONS GALORE BRED AT GREENACRE
Kennel Name is Famous Among Fanciers and Deserves Its Fame
CHOWS ARE IN MAJORITY
A home of champions would be a fitting sobriquet for the Greenacre Kennels, owned by E.K. Lincoln of New York, and it is doubtful if there hs ever been a kennel in this country as sting in champions as this establishment. In all thirty champions of record have been owned in this kennel, and they have been among the foremost winners in their breeds at big shows for the past twelve years.
Chow Chows predominate in this kennel, and it is the breed which is more generally connected with the prefix Greenacre. However, Chows are not the only breed kept, as some of the biggest winners in Japanese and English Toy Spaniel classes have come from there.
In Chows such dogs as Champions Chinese Idol, Eastern Star, Fee Cum, The Lion’s Child, Lord Chumbley, Manchuria of China, Babbie, Hildewell Chifu, Kassa Ci, Lady Chumbley, Lady Fee Cum, Lie Lie of Newlands, Nicho Ci, and Shih of China have placed the Greenacre Kennels at the head of all kennels devoted to this interesting breed.
There never has been and probably never will be such a collection gotten together as can be seen at this kennel, and it has become a household word throughout the Chow fancy by the wonderful quality of it’s stock and the winning which the dogs have done at the biggest shows.
Champions Eastern Star and Chinese Idol are two of the greatest dogs that have ever been known in the breed. Both have won a host of prizes and have been pillars of strength in the stud. Champion Fee Cum, a leading winner in his day was such a great sire that his blood is eagerly sought after by the Chow fanciers who know the value of his bloodlines.
Another dog owned in the Greenacre kennels which is just a few points short of the necessary number required for a championship is the famous black Dinkee of Newlands, reserve winner at the last Westminster, where he was pronounced by a well know judge the finest specimen of a black Chow that has ere been seen in this country.
He is a fine big upstanding animal with a magnificent jet black coat. Besides the famous dogs mentioned the Greenacre Kennel houses many fine youngsters which promise to develop into specimens that will canny on the record made by their illustrious sires and dams. One of these young dogs , Greenacre Hummer , has already been a good winner, as has The Lion’s Cub, a son of The Lion’s Child.
In bitches the Greenacre Kennels play a particularly strong hand, having an exceptional lot. It is because of the great quality possessed by their breeding matrons, many of which are champions, that they are able to produce such high quality youngsters.
Champion Shih of China and Kassa Ci are two of the best on the bench today and besides being big winners both have proved to be producers and have raised some fine puppies. Many judges think that Champion Shih of China is one of the best specimens of the sex on the bench today and her record of wins is such that it bears this statement out.
In commenting on the dogs Mr. Lincoln said that while he was proud of the collection in the kennel and the winning of the dogs he liked they for themselves as much as for their ability to win prizes
He said that often he would select some dog as his special pet and companion which might not have half the chance to wind as some of the others, but which would captivate him by some queer little trick or characteristic
The Greenacre Kennels are situated in Fairfield, Conn., which is about an hour and a half by motor from New York. Fifty dogs are housed in the kennel and grounds extend over twenty five acres, over which the dogs get their exercise. the kennel is one of the most remarkable in the dog fancy.
The owners are liberal supporters of the big shows and the dogs have made their records at the largest events in the country, as the Greenacre Kennel does not show at the small hotel shows or matches, but sends it’s dogs the the large fixtures. The record made of owning over thirty champions in twelve years is one which has never before been equalled and which will stand for some time.
BELOW IS A LOVELY FIND SUBMITTED BY DENNIS TANG TO HELP ROUND OUT THIS COLLECTION
Now Dennis we need to find that painting!!!
MORE ABOUT THIS WONDERFUL FOUNDING KENNEL IS AT THIS LINK (coming soon)
EDINAH LINCOLN JEWETT says
Hi, I am the daughter of E.K Lincoln.
I sincerely appreciate the thoughtful presentation and research that you have done.
Thanks Sincerely, Edinah Jewett Lincoln
listed as Edinah Lincoln Jewett on FB.
e-mail: [email protected]
EDINAH LINCOLN JEWETT says
Dear Mrs Miller,
If I could plant a big KISS on your forehead, I would.
I am the daughter Of E.K. Lincoln. Our family history has been shrouded in secrets.
Thanks so much for researching this information.
(I own Borzoi & powderpuff Chinese Crested, sweeties both).
Thanks Sincerely, Edinah h. Lincoln
Sandra Miller says
Oh my word Edinah, first let me scrape my jaw off the ground and then return the big KISS to your forehead for taking the time to write. This is incredible and BTW I looked up your artwork and WoW what talent…you come by it honestly.
Would you happen to have any more information about your father’s chows and kennels that you would like to share (credit given of course). As groundbreaking as your father’s beautiful Chows were for this breed, there are precious few images to be found and even less written about the kennel itself. I would be eternally grateful for anything you may be able to add to this archive . Our breed’s history is rapidly being swallowed up in boxes full of faded photos and collections spread thinly around the world that I am determined to gather together via scanned material to save for future generations. ANY tidbits you could offer would be a goldmine for Chow history.
One of the questions that I’ve had for a long time, is since your father was a director/actor in silent films……do you know if Charlie Chaplin’s chow(s) came from Greenacre stock?
This has been a record breaking couple of months, with now 3 children /grandchildren of some of the top American kennels from the Golden age of Chows contacting me via ChowTales. Give your Borzoi and Crested a big hug from me. My parents had a borzoi as well. Please keep in touch
Chow for Now, Sandra Miller