' "Let's have a festival and tell the world about our paradise." '
BY JOE HENDRICKSON
From "Tournament of Roses: The First 100 Years," by Joe Hendrickson, just published by The Knapp Press, Los Angeles .
PASADENA'S Valley Hunt Club was a proper setting for the birth of the Tournament of Roses. A century ago, when Pasadena was a sleepy burg of 4,882 souls, Prof. Charles Frederick Holder lifted a handful of newspaper clippings about the great New York blizzard of 1888 and addressed the club's members: "Gentlemen," he said, "in New York, people are buried in snow. Here, our flowers are blooming and our oranges are about to bear. Let's have a festival and tell the world about our paradise."
Dr. Francis F. Rowland said he liked the professor's idea and added: "My wife has just returned from a festival of roses in Nice, France. Let's call our festival 'The Battle of Roses.' "