And "....I have been writing of the cats of long, long ago," authenticates
historically the presence of a recognizable type of cat, known as Maine cats,
as present in Maine well before the Civil War era in 1861; well before her own
cat "Captain Jenks of the Horse Marines."
Mrs. Pierce' first cat owned in 1861 by her brother and herself was a
Maine cat named "Captain Jenks of the Horse Marines." This cat she describes
as one of the "long-haired cats of that variety often called Maine
cats.......... their advent reaches far back beyond the memory of the oldest
inhabitant." It is clear from this comment that Mrs. Pierce had questioned
elderly relatives and friends about their Maine cats, and had listened to tales
of Maine cats in her girlhood years.
A native Mainer, notable Maine author and artist did her
undergraduate studies in fine art and literature at Syracuse University.
She has written many articles on this unique breed of cat. Her articles
are internationally published and have been translated into other
languages since 1990. Beth has written many of the most authoritative
articles about the unique Maine Coon breed.
Beth is internationally recognized as a foremost authority on the Maine
Coon breed. She is dedicated to preserving native Maine Coon cats.
She contributes substantially to the history and evolution of the Maine Coon
Cat breed, genetic topics, and breeding articles about Maine Coon Cats.