Archive for Sunday, December 11, 2011

100 years ago: Residents of Perry to have electric light in 1912

December 11, 2011


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Dec. 11, 1911:

"Perry is to have electric lights, with a complete electric lighting system. The proposition to vote $5000 worth of bonds carried yesterday.... The bonds will go to install an electric light plant."

"That the nurseries of Kansas produce the greater part of the world's supply of apple seedlings was one of the facts brought out in the report of Prof. S. J. Hunter, state entomologist to the Kansas State Horticultural Society today. Shawnee and Douglas counties raise most of the seedlings, and the supply, distributed to all parts of the world, is guaranteed free from insects and other orchard pests by the state's system of nursery inspection. In the year covered by the report, Professor Hunter and his staff inspected 17 million fruit trees in various parts of the state, 300 acres of small fruits, and 67 million forest and fruit seedlings."

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Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 5 months ago

It's interesting that the young apple tree products mentioned in this article were referred to as "apple seedlings", because what they were producing was not what we generally mean when we use the term "seedling".

The term "seedling" as used today usually implies a plant that was produced by planting a seed. Nurseries do not produce fruit trees by planting seeds because the tree that results will virtually never produce a fruit anything like the parent plant did .

Fruit trees are always propagated by grafting, which has been practiced for about 2,000 years.

From Science Daily, clipped from: "If you plant a Golden Delicious apple seed, you won't get a tree that produces Golden Delicious apples. Each seed has too much genetic variability. Usually this produces a crab apple, the "mutt" of the apple world. Apple breeders must make clones of Gala or Macintosh or other specific varieties, every generation."

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