Charles Frederick Holder

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Charles F. Holder with his then record 183lb. bluefin tuna catch, 1898.[1]

Charles Frederick Holder (1851–1915) was the inventor of big-game fishing and a founder of Pasadena's Tournament of Roses and the Tuna Club of Avalon on Santa Catalina Island, California.

Biography[edit]

Holder came from a wealthy Massachusetts Quaker family. His father was the zoologist Joseph Bassett Holder (1824-1888) and his mother Emily Augusta Gove.[2]

After working as a curator at New York's American Museum of Natural History, he moved to Pasadena, California in 1885. A passionate naturalist throughout his life, he was known for his books on marine zoology and the first books on big-game fishing, a sport Holder pioneered in 1898.[3] His books are noted for their combination of accurate scientific detail with exciting narratives.[4]

From 1890 to 1891, Holder was a President of the Tournament of Roses Association, and for 1910 he was named the tournament grand marshal. He became known in Pasadena, California, as a businessman, philanthropist, and conservationist/sportsman. In 1898, he founded the Tuna Club of Avalon in Avalon, California on Santa Catalina Island, California, as an international organization that called for proper management of all game fish.[5][6]

In 1910, he traveled with Frederick Russell Burnham to Mexico and uncovered Mayan artifacts, including the Esperanza Stone, a supposedly paranormal relic described in The Book of the Damned.[7][8]

In 1998, he was inducted in the International Game Fish Association Hall of Fame.[6]

Bibliography[edit]

Holder with the Valley Hunt Hounds
Esperanza Stone. Major F. R. Burnham (left), Holder (right), Yaqui Delta, Senora, Mexico, 1909.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Big-game fishing (2008). In Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved October 01, 2008, from Encyclopædia Britannica Online
  2. ^ http://www.emery.research.pasttracker.com/john-anthony008/EMERY8E1.htm
  3. ^ The history of game fishing
  4. ^ Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (2005)
  5. ^ The History of The Tuna Club of Avalon
  6. ^ a b International Game Fish Association Hall of Fame
  7. ^ Charles Holder (1910). "The Esperanza Stone". Scientific American (Scientific American, Inc): 196. ISSN 0036-8733. 
  8. ^ Fort, Charles; Horace Liveright (1919). "chapter XI". The Book of the Damned. Horace Liveright. ISBN 1-870870-53-0. 

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