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from seed brought to this coast by Missionary Spaulding,
who came with Rev. Marcus Whitman in the year 1836, and
were planted in 1837. The largest tree is over 40 feet high
and 15 feet in circumference at its butt.
The Lewiston exhibit occupied the space on the left soon
after passing through the entrance, being 20 feet wide by 80
feet long, and is one of the most artistic displays of fruit
made at the fair. Great credit is due Commissioner Wessels
and wife for the artistic and decorative arrangement of the
same. First is seen a pyramid of grains and vegetables,
whose smoothness and enormous size astonish, and excite
the admiration of all beholders. A water melon is here ex
hibited weighing 76 pounds, which was grown in the yard df
Arthur Stacy, who lives in the residence part of the city of
Wheat, flax, oats, barley, buckwheat, and in fact, all of
the cereals are here shown. And from the prize tickets at
tached one is led to believe they are not easily duplicated,
Next is shown a mammoth display of canned goods, en
tirely the product of Mrs. Wessels. It comprises preserves,
pickles, fruit syrups, and also 250 jars of canned fruits and
vegetables, including all varieties that are raised in the
semi-tropical climates, and put up in such atttractive form
that one feels that he has only to reach out his hand and he
is in the midst of strawberry, blackberry, raspberry and
cherry harvest. Even the canned pumpkin makes you think
of grandma's pumpkin pies, which we all so enjoyed in
our school days. The well-deserved prize goes to Mrs. Wes
sels for cannned goods.
The same lady also exhibits 800 glasses of jellies, of every
shade and color known to jelly art, erected to represent the
Lewiston State Normal school, a picture once seen never to
Next down the aisle was Robert Schleisher's display of
twenty-eight varieties of pears, which gets the well-deserved
first prize. Along with the same is exhibited a variety of
nuts and soft-shelled almonds and an abundance of the cele
brated Idaho pears.
'From the nuts our eyes wander to a large pyramid of Hen
rietta peaches from the far-famed orchard of L. A. Porter,
and continuing for the space of fifty feet we see nothing but
plate after plate of large luscious peaches from the same
orchard, comprising some seventeen varieties. If it were
not for the placard placed behind them, the size of same
might cause them to be mistaken for pumpkins, as the size
and coloring seems only to be acquired in the peaches grown
in the Lewiston valley. Mr. Porter here carries off the first
prize, as he has done for the four previous years.
The grape display made by Mr. Porter and Mr. Schleisher
is a surprise to people who have heretofore supposed that
the varieties here exhibited could only be grown in Califor
Immediately behind the display of grapes are several dif
ferent varieties of wines from the cellars of both Schleisher
and Porter, comprising red, white, sweet and sparkling
wines, the clearness of which is only excelled by crystals.
From present indications the sour wines of the Lewiston
valley will soon be as highly prized as the far-famed Rhine.
Along the whole outer side for the distance of 100 feet was
arranged tier upon tier of apples of all known varieties,
colors, shade, size and texture, as well as something like
1,000 plates of named varieties; mingling with same is a
numerous variety of pears, peaches, plums, etc. Conspicuous
with these exhibits were the large and attractive jars of
fruits that ripened earlier in the season.
The success of Mr. Wessels in putting up fruit for exhibi
tion purposes whereby the coloring of the fruit is retaned,
is here fully demonstrated. And one sees jar after jar of the
earlier and larger sized peaches, grapes, plums, cherries,
strawberries, pears, etc., forming no small portion of the ex
hibit and making the same highly attractive.
We wonder that the fine displays made from the orchards
of R. Schleisher and L. A. Porter does not stimulate more of
the prominent fruit growers of Nez Perce county to compete
for the many prizes annually carried off by these two gentle
men and make the Nez Perce exhibit one of the greatest col
lections of fruit ever displayed.
The Walla Walla exhibit, under the superintendency of
Dr. G. N. Blalock, assisted by C. L. Whitney and F. C. Still,
was a most creditable one to the great rich valley which is
the heaviest fruit producer in the state. The location was
the most prominent in the pavilion, and the arrrangement
was particularly good for effective display and thorough in
spection. Of course, there was a profusion of all kinds of
beautiful fruits. A specialty of particular interest was a
RANCH AND RANGE.
house modeled from beans, together with a representation
of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. It was well mod
eled and was the work of the mother of the Whitney Bros.,
a lady of 70 years of age. The famed farm of Dr. Blalock,
who is one of the most progressive farmers and horticultur
ists in the entire Northwest, as well as being recognized as
pre-eminent as a physician and surgeon, was well repre
sented by over 100 varieties of products, including very fine
growing and cured specimens of tobacco. One box of Hoover
apples in this display called for the remark from A. F.
Spawn, a deep student of all things pertaining to fruit grow
ing and marketing, that they would easily, bring 10 cents
each in the markets of Australia. This box was put up by
Chester Offner, the 18-year-old son of W. S. Offner, one of
the principal shippers of that valley. Many high compli
ments were passed upon the mannner in which it was
The principal exhibitors were Chester Offner, Walla Walla
Produce Co., C. R. Frazier, H. C. Shew, Mrs. Frank Loudon
and Col. Frank J. Parker. The Colonel drew a silver medal
for the exhibit of apples from his farm in Oregon. Walla
Walla county was the winner of the |100 Dodson cup last
season, given for best district display.
One of the best and most attractively arranged exhibits
was that of Umatilla county. The arrangement was effec
tive, a large cornucopia being the main figure, pouring its
wealth of luscious fruits and vegetables out in a plentious
gorgeousness of richness and bright colorings. O. R. Ballou,
a pioneer of that productive district, was in charge, assisted
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