G. Heitkemper Co. Trophy (1911)

ArtifactG. Heitkemper Co. Trophy
ConnectionOregon Cat Club
Sir Ko Ko
CollectionThe Harrison Weir Collection, New Zealand
DescriptionA silver cup, engraved "G. Heitkemper Co. Best L.H. Blue Male Cat, 1911"
Brief HistorySilver cup, show award, from the Oregon Cat Club show held in Portland, OR on Jan 19-21, 1911.
AcquisitionThe Harrison Weir Collection, April 2018

G. Heitkemper Co. trophy for Best L.H. Blue Male, 1911
presented at the Oregon Cat Faciers show in Portland, OR on January 19-21, 1911.
Courtesy of The Harrison Weir Collection

According to The Sunday Oregonian, the first show ever held in Portland, Oregon was by the newly formed Oregon Cat Club. The show, on January 19th, 20th and 21st, 1911 was "pronounced a success in every way and being visited by throngs of people each day"1.

Entries were received by the club's Secretary/Treasurer, C. D. Minton, and the show was hosted on the fourth floor of the Meier & Frank Department Store in POrtland, and judged by Mrs. Paul Janney of Medford, OR. The show attracted between 170 and 200 entries (depending on which The Sunday Oregonian' news report you read and accept).

Among the prize-winning pedigreed entries was a Blue Persian male, Sir Ko Ko, owned by Mrs F. G. Hiller, of Seattle. Sir Ko Ko went on to win the Supreme Award in Show.

The pictured trophy was won by Sir Ko Ko at this show, for Best Long-haired Blue Male Cat in Show. The cup was sponsored by well-known Portland retail and wholesale jewellers, G. Heitkemper Co, incorporated by Gerhard Heitkemper, Frank A. Heitkemper and Edward Cookingham, in 1896.

Sir Ko Ko was born on May 5, 1908, the result of a breeding of Pousette to Cocette. He is found in both the CFA and ACA registers: in the CFA Studbook Vol.2 (CFA:738), and in the ACA Vol.4(ACA:1994) where he is listed as having gained his Championship Medal, and as owned by Mrs Fred G. Hiller of Seattle, Washington.

News report from The Sunday Oregonian"
on January 22, 1911.
Courtesy of The Harrison Weir Collection

Report on the first cat show held in Portland Oregon
from The Cat Review, April, 1911.
Courtesy of The CFA Foundation, Inc.


  1. The Sunday Oregonian, January 22, 1911
  2. The Cat Review, April, 1911

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