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JOHN J. MONROE and THE FINLEY RIVER STRAIN
In trying to document the history of the treeing walker breed I have to dig in a lot of old magazines and pictures and letters people send me to try and help with this process. One of the important players in the treeing walker breed is John Monroe and the Finley River Strain. I guess it would be fair to say that it is the oldest active strain still going today. There is still heavy bred Finley River hounds today even though it has been 55 years since Chief was born.
The credit for the Finley River Strain of Treeing Walkers can be given to a number of people. To John Shetler for having the top stud of his day Shetler's Sonny Boy, that people wanted to bring their good females to breed to him. To Glenn Bixler who had the foresight to breed his future Hall Of Fame female Bixler's Supreme Sally to Shetler's Sonny Boy. To Herb Carsten of Springfield, Missouri who brought a five week old pup named Corn Belt Chief home in a shoe box. Herb changed the pups name to Finley River Chief and the name of a strain was born.
In 1965 John Monroe had the foresight to buy a hound called Finley River Spot. In the fall of that year Spot was the World Champion Coon Hound. In November of that year John also had the foresight to pay $3000.00 for an 8 1/2 year old hound named Finley River Chief, Spot's daddy. John owned Chief almost 7 years to the day with Chief dying at 15 1/2 years of age.
Through those 7 years and the many years after John J. Monroe promoted the Finley River Strain not with hype but honor. He not only advertised Finley River Chief and Spot at stud he offered many of the top hounds of the Finley River Strain through the years to follow. FINLEY RIVER PETE, MONROE'S FINLEY RIVER JOE, KENTUCKY RIVER CHIEF, MONROE'S LITTLE CHIEF, BEAVER LAKE LIGHTING, FINLEY RIVER CHIEF JR., HI WAY 13 RUFF, BUFFALO RIVER ACE, LONE PINE DEWEY, FINLEY RIVER SMOKY, FINLEY RIVER ZOOM, SILVER LAKE CHIEF, BUFFALO RIVER TANNER. Just some of the dogs John has advertised at stud through the years to promote the Finley River Stain.
For sure when someone is talking about Mr. Finley River they should be talking about John J. Monroe. Not because he was responsible for the birth of Chief, not because he named Chief. But he was responsible for taking Chief at 8 1/2 years of age and promoting him and his offspring in such a way that Finley River Chief and the Finley River Strain would become a very important part in the Treeing Walker Breed. John Monroe had the foresight to see how good this strain was and he gave it a chance to prove itself to the public.
I have known John Monroe I guess around 42 years. I have always found him to be an honorable man through all these years. If he said something or made a deal with you a contract wasn't needed. His word was his bond and it still is today. I am sure there are some people who don't like John. Being in this sport someone always don't like someone else. So after being in the business for so long I am sure everyone isn't a fan. But if you have ever taken the time to try and get to know John you will find out he is one of the good guys even if you don't agree with him completely.
Mr. Finley River - John J. Monroe
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