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The History of the Belgium Racing Pigeon : Derumeaux - Lauwe (BE) The Founder of the Stichelbaut pigeons

The Founder of the Stichelbaut pigeons Everything that is connected to the history of the Stichelbaut pigeons, may be found around the church steeple in the parish of Lauwe ! Because of this fact, we must break up the history of the strain into three parts, as follows ...
One chapter     Derumeaux
One chapter     Aloïs Stichelbaut
One chapter     Descamps-Van Hasten.

All three resided in Lauwe. Today, the work of the late Alfons Derumeaux is being carried on by his son, Marcel. After the death of Aloïs Stichelbaut in 1946, it was the retired butcher, Michel Descamps-Van Hasten (62), who kept the pure Stichelbauts going. At this point, however, let us return to the subject that seems to be of such importance to us — namely, the Derumeaux
pigeons.
When you read the name of Aloïs Derumeaux at the beginning of this work on the Stichelbaut pigeons, you must have noticed that Aloïs Stichelbaut chose his first foundation stock in his own parish. At that time, Father Derumeaux owned the strain of Wardje Ranson of Spiere, that was crossed later on with the Cattrysses, the Delbars, and the Commines of Padre Brusseel of Gijzegem.
After World War 2, Marcel Derumeaux kept the old strain of his father going; today he is one of the greatest champions in Belgium, as evidenced by the performances of both lofts over the years. The same may be said about the crossings made by the Cattrysse Brothers with a hen that they got from the loft of Derumeaux. Rather than stating that the Cattrysse pigeons have Stichelbaut blood in their veins, we feel it is preferable to state that the Cattrysse pigeons show a marked resemblance to the Stichelbaut birds.
Stichelbaut obtained his foundation from Derumeaux; the Cattrysse Brothers added to the strength of their strain by bringing in birds from Leopold Bostyn, which were 50  Stichelbaut; from Hector Desmet, when they laid claim to the "Prins"; from Huyskens-Van Riel, through the descendants of the "Late Bange"; and finally, with birds from Daniel Labeeuw, which were 50
Stichelbaut.
The Derumeaux pigeons have unquestionably left their mark on two of the most famous Belgian colonies, twenty-five years apart... in 1930, at the start of the Stichelbaut loft, and once again, in 1955, at the loft ot Cattrysse Brothers in Moere. The only resemblance that the Stichelbaut pigeons have with the Cattrysse birds is that in both cases, the cocks are of medium size,
while the hens are smaller; they are pigeons which nearly everyone distrusts, but which can fly well in bad weather, and from the longest distances ! The Stichelbaut pigeons are mostly dark in colour; the dominant colours in the  Cattrysse birds are blues, dark checkers and beige. In both cases, however, the Derumeaux birds are to be given credit for at least 50% of the fame of thesetwo great families.

We must point out to the reader that the great results of the Cattrysse-Derumeaux crossings brought immortal fame to the Cattrysse establishment at Moere as well as to Aloïs Stichelbaut, when he introduced the Derumeaux pigeons into his colony. Today, the Cattrysse colony is being carried on  successfully by Maurice Beuselinck of Moere; the worthy successor of the
Stichelbaut collection is Descamps - Van Hasten. It was on a Monday morning in 1955, at the weekly marketday in Kortrijk,
that Marcel Derumeaux agreed with Oscar Cattrysse to cross-breed a pair of their birds. Oscar Cattrysse selected the blood of his famous "45," a younger rother of the "Goliath" of Jules Gallez, the "Libourne" of Lambrechts Brothers, and also a brother to the "Prince" from Hector Desmet. Marcel Derumeaux decided upon the bloodlines of his "Old Blauwe 44" hen, a descendant of his
old strain which was a blend of Ranson x Cattrysse x Delbar. The pairingagreed upon is herewith submitted:

Cattrysse Brothers:
Sire: 3632912-1949—"De 12." His father was "45" 886045-45, a son of "Pette" and "Mette." The mother of "De 32" was
3344211-1948, she being a daughter of the "Oude Witoog."

Marcel Derumeaux:
Dam: 3472644 -1949. Bred from "Het Oud Blauwe 44" of the old strain Derumeaux, which was a judicious crossing of Ranson,
Cattrysse and Delbar. In the Derumeaux loft, she was the dam of the "Oude Blauwe Barcelona," 3581535-1950, which won
as follows:
1953: Bordeaux, FIRST, two hours in advance.
1954: Barcelona National, 4th, Montauban National, 48th.
1955: Cahors National, 52nd; Montauban National, 40th; San
Sebastian National, 82nd.
1956: Barcelona National, 38th; San Sebastian National, 98th.
"The Oud Blauw 44" bred by Derumeaux produced many great champions, over the years.
The above stock pair, formed in 1955 bred the "Derumeaux" 3016913-55 for the Cattrysse Brothers. From this same mating, Mons. Derumeaux obtained his 3481742 -1955, which he named "Oude Blauwe." The Cattrysse Brothers paired the "Derumeaux" male to a daughter of the First Prize Winner from Barcelona, 3206100-56 (bred out of "Oude Barcelona" 3278548-53, mated to a daughter of "Napoleon," 3232308-52, which was a brother of "De 45," and this pair were the parents of the Cattrysse Brothers famous "Wittebaard"; his sisters, born in 1958, 1959 and 1960 were all known by the name of "Wittebaard." These were all excellent pigeons, which produced many excellent birds for the Cattrysse Brothers. Marcel Derumeaux had a full brother to Cattrysse's "Derumeaux" which is at the present time (1970-1971) the basis for his magnificent successes at the long distance events.

From the writings of the late Gerard Cattrysse, we discover that they only raised two rounds from this mating, and each fancier took one egg from each round. Both were fortunate in getting a famous stock cock each; especially for the Cattrysse loft, this resulted in a fantastic strengthening of their strain.
The last stock hen of Marcel Derumeaux, of the same kind and type from which the Stichelbauts descended, was 3344985-52 ... "The Oude Blauwe Duivin" (The Old Blue Pied Hen). This hen enabled Marcel Derumeaux to breed pigeons which were always close to the front, during the last twenty years... especially when the races were hard and long.
From what has been written here, it is plain to see that the Derumeaux strain played an important part in the forming of the Stichelbaut colony, as well as adding to the further development of the Cattrysse strain. To better follow the development of the Cattrysse strain, we refer to the chapter in which we will only partly write about the Stichelbaut pigeons. We shall do so because since 1951, there has been Stichelbaut blood in the Cattrysse birds, which is mostly Derumeaux.

Note :

Marcel Derumeaux's birds have blown new life into a number of good long distance lofts. Derumeaux, who was a banker in Wevelgem, was not only popular at home, his fame spread to experts all over the world. One night he was "visited" by thieves who took almost all of his stock-
birds. Not a single one of them ever returned.
Marcel was born on the 26th of January 1908 and died the 28th of June 1982. His birds were auctioned in Brussels at the end of 1982 and averaged nearly 7,000 francs.