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HISTORICAL ASSOCIATIONS CONNECTED WITH WYANDOTTE AND VICINITY

BY DR. E. P. CHRISTIAN

As regards the bitter cider referred to, and as the foot note suggests, probably made from the indigenous sour crab, it is certain that the remains of old Indian orchards of a fruit much superior to the indigenous crab still exist on the banks of the Rouge and below Ecorse, and may it not be, as Mr. Bela Hubbard suggests in his very interesting book "Reminiscences of Half a Century, " that both the apple and pear were indigenous here, particularly as he shows that most excellent varieties have here been developed from ordinary stock, and as the crab was undoubtedly indigenous, has it ever been tried what varieties might be developed from that by selection and cultivation in this, for these fruits, evidently so congenial soil and climate?* In 1818 the Indian title to the land along the river having been extinguished, and the tribe removed further back, the land was brought into market as we have seen the tract on which Wyandotte is built was purchased by? When a lad, near a half century ago, I recollect well the visits with other boys we were wont to pay on nutting expeditions, to the woods, to a very luscious and sweet apple-bearing tree, standing" alone of its kind on the edge of the bush on one of the farms below the city. It may have been on Mr. Hubbard's farm, near where the M. 0. K. E. tracks now cross it. It was a large apple and the tree was certainly a waif, developed possibly from a seed deposited in the excrement of a bird or beast. This tree in uncultivated but virgin soil had developed a fruit for lusciousness and size not unworthy the finest grafted varieties. There was somewhere near this tree a fine variety of choke-cherry tree, a great bearer.

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