– Gameness til the End
The best thing that ever happened to the English birds was America, this served as a filter for good fowls. The English and Irish folks only took their best and what was once only reserved for the elite were now being bred by the game fancier. Now, I am not aware of when, where or who brought the Gingers first to America. I am aware though that early reference to their development was E.H Hulsey or the “The Earl”, he is commonly mistaken with the “The Duke” of the lemon fame…They are not the same as Earl Hulsey was around way before Duke was…….E.H fought these fowls and in the forties they were campaigned by Jack Walton, Henry Wortham (of the Wortham rules) Will Allen also had them then followed by Sweater McGinnis and then followed by so many others like Sam Bigham, Roy Bingham and later by Larry Carter and many others. So the modern day Gingers can be attributed to E.H Hulsey as he was the one who took these birds to the big tournaments…..In fact in the Orlando tournament of 40’s, in their prime half of the birds fought had E.H Hulseys blood but by the late 40’s, 1947 to be precise only 26 out of the 200 shown were of the Hulsey blood, only Wortham and his group campaigning them…..The Earl no longer fought.
The E.H. Hulsey Fowl
The Gamecock, July 1975 from Gamefowl Fundamentals by Ben Arzaga
Their start began prior to J.W.’s employment with Mr. E.H. Hulsey, Mr. Pipes was breeding and fighting the Barnett Wonders fowl and was very successful with them. In fact he stated that these were the best cutting fowls he owned.
Mr. Pipes had contracted to walk some cocks for John Madigin. One of these cock must have been exceptional as Mr. Madigin urged or suggested that Mr. Pipes breed the cock if he desired. Mr. Pipes bred the cock to a Barnett Wonders hen and raised six stags and six pullets. Note – These were all marked “out and out”. Mr. Pipes later was employed by Mr. E.H. Hulsey to feed and manage the Seven Acre Farm, bringing along the stags and pullets of the Barnett Wonders -Claret cross.
Mr. Hulsey at this stage of his cocking career was sold on the P. Dixon Travellers fowl. It was with these same fowl that Mr. Pipes fed and conditioned in his first main, and won for Mr. Hulsey.
The following season the six Claret-Barnett, as cocks were used in a main. In fact the P. Dixon Travelers were down 5-0. When Pipes started bringing in the Claret Barnett cocks and they won the main by winning six straight fights.
Liking their style and cutting ability, Mr. Pipes bred their hen sisters to a Roundhead cock from Vincent Hotines. This cock was the “Newell” yard of the Allen Roundheads cock and a many time winner. These were of the “Cripple Tony” infusion that Burnell Shelton made and stated that these were the best of the Allen Roundheads. Mr. Pipes stated that the offsprings from this mating were also marked “out and out”, like thier mothers.
These were the basic bloodlines of the E.H. Hulsey fowls when Henry Wortham came on the scene. That is, half (1/2) Roundhead, quarter (1/4) Claret, quarter (1/4) Barnett Wonders. At this time the fowl came both pea comb and straight comb and one could breed to which ever trait they liked.
When Henry Wortham came under the employment of Mr. Hulsey, the “Hulsey” were beginning to come on the small side and as a result their top weights were being borrowed from friends to complete their tournaments.
Henry saw a great need to raise his own top weights as this was the big weakness in the show of cocks, so it was natural that he was always on the lookout for a broodcock large enough to improve the size of the “Hulseys”. One such cock was a large pumpkin – colored straight comb that he secured from his days in Memphis Charlie Babb. Henry said that he never did know the breeding of this cock and didn’t really care as the cock was everything he wanted in a brood-cock to improve the size of the “Hulseys”. This yard was referred to as the “Babb” yard or family, and many came pumpkin colored.
Henry also made other families of the Hulsey’s, he obtained and bred a cock from Sam Bingham. This was called the “Bonehead” Family wich was heavy in Marsh Butcher blood.
Another yard was from a Dark Mahogany red cock from Beaumont, Texas. This cock was heavy in Claret blood and was used by Henry in several important events. It was later used as a broodcock giving rise to what was known as the “Beaumont Yard.”
Another Sub-Family was made from the R.E. Doyle Reds. These were made by Mr. Doyle and not Henry, although Henry furnished Mr. Doyle with brood cocks on several occasions. A good number of this family was used in Florida tournaments after the Walton-Wortham forces joined together after the World War II.
In the later year of the combination of Walton-Wortham forces, Hatch blood was infused.
Today there are very few people as Transplanted Okie says who might have like them like they were in the 1930’s and 1940’s, but at one time the breeders of this grand old strain were men like Maurice White, R.E. Doyle, B.L. Saunders, Al Jacobs and last but not least Norman Paine of Oxford Missippi. Most are all gone.
Well friends, to give credit to transplanted Okies efforts on this article, satisfaction is his to have shared an insight on the history of the grand old strain of the E.H. Hulsey Fowl.”