Book (1985) Page(s) 81-84.
One cross I made in 1956 was R. Carolina
x 'Hugh Dickson'. Among the open-pollinated seedlings of this cross was one which, during its first year of growth, appeared to be thornless. During its second year, however, a few thorns appeared on the laterals. I then grew 15 open-pollinated seedlings of this rose, one which proved to be completely thornless. It bears the number 65-626.
In 1975 I applied to ['Basye's Amphidiploid'] the pollen of 65-626. One of the seedlings, 77-361, was not only thornless and free of bristles, but had perfectly smooth midribs!
If 65-626 should, in younger hands, be privileged to play some role in the thornless roses of the future, then perhaps it should have a name. I have chosen 'Commander Gillette', for the navigator on the light cruiser, USS Marblehead, on which we both served in World War II.