Empress Chinchilla Breeders Cooperative, Inc. 

 

In Memory Of
M.E. "Doc" Caraway


 M.E. caraway, better know as Doc Caraway, was one of the pioneers of the Chinchilla industry and a member of Empress since the inception of this group and a member of NCBA for many years before Empress was formed.  He was secretary of MCBA for some fourteen years.  His genetic research and study has been a basis of our knowledge of mutation Chinchilla since they first occurred.  He has published many articles through the years relative to genetics and mutations.


Doc Caraway’s main love was the genetics of mutations and he was one who proved by his own research the existence of the lethal gene in the Wilson White when it was the only mutation commercially available.  Besides carrying out his activities as the chief of a large group of machinists at General Dynamics for some 20 years, he was able to keep a large herd of Chinchillas for many years with the help of his wife, Olita.  He was able to breed practically all the known mutations and carry out his mutation research.


Few men in the Chinchilla industry have done so much for Chinchillas as Doc Caraway.  In his twenty-five years in the industry, with his untiring enthusiasm, he has been a help to all the Chinchilla organizations and an active part of them and, of course, pioneered our present genetic knowledge of chinchillas the dissemination of same.


Doc was struck down prematurely with cancer in May of 1976.  He left behind two Chinchilla organizations which he was instrumental in building as well as their show systems which he had worked on for over twenty years, and a wealth of genetic knowledge which now is well disseminated and easily available to anyone.  Certainly he is worthy of our greatest respect and honor.

M.E. Caraway Trophy

 

established 1979

awarded at ECBC National shows for

First Place Breeder Award
Mutation Animals

 1979 - Enchanted Farms  1993 - Vin Somavia  2007 - Vin Somavia
 1980 - Enchanted Farms  1994 - Vin Somavia  2008 - Vin Somavia
 1981 - Jim Ritterspach  1995 - Vin Somavia  2009 - Vin Somavia
 1982 - (Tie) Ralph Shoots/Diamond Blue  1996 - Vin Somavia  2010 - Vin Somavia
 1983 - Jim Ritterspach  1997 - Vin Somavia  2011 - Joe Brown
 1984 - Diamond Blue  1998 - Vin Somavia  2012 - La Paloma
 1985 - Diamond Blue  1999 - Vin Somavia  
 1986 - Vin Somavia  2000 - Vin Somavia  
 1987 - Vin Somavia  2001 - Vin Somavia  
1988 - PSK Ranch  2002 - Vin Somavia  
 1989 - Jim Ritterspach  2003 - Vin Somavia  
 1990 - Vin Somavia  2004 - Vin Somavia  
 1991 - Vin Somavia  2005 - Vin Somavia  
 1992 - Vin Somavia  2006 - Vin Somavia  

M.E. Caraway Memorial Trophy

 

established 1979

awarded at ECBC National shows for

First Place High Point
Mutation Pelts

1979 - Sunflower Chin  1992 - Vin Somavia  2005 - Hector Aleandri
 1980 - Bowen Chinchilla  1993 - PSK Chinchilla  2006 - Hector Aleandri
 1981 - Bowen Chinchilla  1994 - Ralph Shoots  2007 - Hector Aleandri
 1982 - Bowen Chinchilla  1995 - American Chinchilla  2008 - Santa Fe Chinchillas
 1983 - Bowen Chinchilla  1996 - Vin Somavia  2009 - Hector Aleandri
 1984 - Ralph Shoots  1997 - Vin Somavia  2010 - Santa Fe/Bowen
 1985 - Ralph Shoots  1998 - Maynard Beitz  2011 - La Paloma
 1986 - Vin Somavia  1999 - Bowen Chinchilla  2012 - La Paloma
 1987 - Vin Somavia  2000 - Bowen Chinchilla  
 1988 - Vin Somavia  2001 - Ralph Shoots  
 1989 - Ralph Shoots  2002 - Bowen Chinchilla  
 1990 - Ralph Shoots  2003 - Diamond Blue  
 1991 - Vin Somavia  2004 - F. Aleandri

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