Historical Apple Notes.

These stories are transcribed from the Berwick Register (unless noted).
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J. W. Hutchinson and the Evangeline Apple Grader

North Kingston: Jan. 6th, 1897, "Mr. J.C. Welton has returned from a trip to St John, and he reports the apple market very flat."

Apple Industry Related News.
Jan. 13th, 1897. Kings Country Board of Trade, Lower Rates and
Kingsport news.

Feb. 3rd, 1897

1. Brooklyn Street: "Zenas Chute has taken a contract to deliver 100 cords of stavewood at Billtown for H. Sweet. Some faith in the apple business is left yet as large quantities of stavewood for next year's use has been contracted for and timber is in good demand."
Clip The Farmers Steamer. The steamship "Nor" the first venture of the newly formed Fruit Shipping Co. loaded at Halifax last week and sailed for London on Friday.

Story An exchange between the Editor of the Register and a shareholder of the Fruit Shipping Company,
Feb. 10th, 1897, regarding the shipment of apples on the Steamship "Nor."

Feb. 24th, 1897.

1. Kingsport: "Quite a number of cars are being loaded with potatoes for Halifax to go by steamer. Prices are reported on the advance. The price of apples has also increased."
2. Local Register: The Farmers' Steamer - The Ardahrose, the second steamer chartered on behalf of the farmers of the valley sailed on Saturday for London, apple laden.
3. Waterville: "The advance in the price of apples is making the "old farmers" brighten up such as are lucky in having any on hand."
4. Cambridge: "Mr. Coldwell loaded a car of potatoes yesterday from the warehouse and Mr. J. A. Kinsman is loading apples at Berwick and elsewhere which will be put in the warehouse here for the present."

Waterville May 13th, 1897: "Joshua Beardsley is erecting a building to be used as a carriage and apple house."

Centreville, June 2nd, 1897. "Work has begun on the apple warehouse which is being built near the station."

(August 25th, 1897.)

Flat Hoops for Apple and Cranberry Barrels.

These hoops cannot be made from our native woods, to bear the strain needed for shipment to foreign markets, without the patent chemical preparation which is the sole property of the Annapolis Manufacturing Co. Limited, of Lequille. The hoop made at Lequille, for apple, cranberry and cider barrels, bears the greatest strain of any hoop manufactured either here or in Ontario.

Agents: Berwick - Arthur S. Magee, Aylesford - L.O. Neily & Co., Auburn - E.I.L. Bishop.

Local Register: Feb. 16th, 1898, A meeting in the interest of the Nova Scotia Apple Shipping Co. will be held on Friday, 18th, in Bowles' Hall, Waterville, at 2.30 p.m.

Feb. 23rd, 1898.

1. Waterville: "The meeting of the Apple Shipping Co., which was held here last Friday was very well attended. Great interest was manifested among the farmers."
2. North Kingston: "Messrs. A. E. Tufts and Lorenzo Baker are now in this community, packing apples for Mr. Dickie, for the English market."

Clips March 9th, 1898: Various articles regarding the apple industry. "Mr. Benj. Sanford of Woodville", Canning and Kingston Station news.

Waterville, June 15th, 1898: "Some of our leading orchardists predict a very short apple crop. The attribute it to the cold, rainy weather destroying the blossoms."

Aug. 3rd, 1898. Pleasant Grove Farms: Among the prettiest of the smaller farms of this valley may be mentioned those known as Pleasant Grove Farms at Melvern Square. These are owned by Mr. D. W. Smith, the well known and decidedly popular purser of the D.A.R. steamer Prince Edward. Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Nash, of Birmingham, England, are in charge of these farms and the manner in which they are kept shows that Mr. Nash is an able farmer and an expert orchardist. One orchard contains 110 apple trees in bearing, all choice winter varieties; the other is a young orchard of 150 apple trees and a few very choice pear trees. These orchards are set on both sides of the road. A row of massive maple trees, 24 in number, surrounds the cottage and grounds. The locality is a most excellent one and Mr. Smith is certainly to be congratulated on the possession of so desirable a property and on securing the services of as capable persons as Mr. and Mrs. Nash to care for it in his absence.

Clip Cambridge, Aug. 31st, 1898: "Mr. Cox has purchased the patent right for Nova Scotia of the celebrated apple basket invented and patented by Mr. Benjamin Sanford, of Woodville. On Mr. Cox's return he expects to go over the apple growing section of the province, and introduce the new basket."

Clip Oct. 5th, 1898: Apple merchants from England. Berwick agents G.W. Eaton and H.C. Marsters.

Oct 26th, 1898: Apples in Norway. Mr. Sontum, the Canadian agent at Christiana, says the apple crop in Norway is ruined and there is a splendid opening for Canadian fruit, especially Baldwins; also evaporated apples.

1. Nov. 2nd, 1898: The Apple Trade: The Halifax Herald of the 27th has the following:
2. Report on apples selling in England.

Full Story Aug. 30th, 1899. The Standard Barrel: To the Editor of the REGISTER: - "Can you inform your readers if the legislation passed at the recent session of Parliament at Ottawa, and given in your issue of last week, refers to the size of the apple barrel only, or is it intended to apply to barrels for potatoes, etc., as well?"

Sept. 6th, 1899: A Forest of Fruit Trees: One of the sights of this valley is the orchard of Mr. W. C. Archibald, of Wolfville. It contains some 500 apple trees and about 4,000 plum trees, all laden with fruit. These trees are set so closely that, when bowed down, as they are this summer, with their burden of fruit, a walk through the orchard involves a great deal of stooping and tortuous meandering. The trees stand as a rule about seven feet apart and their branches are completely entwined. All are well laden. Mr. Archibald being now engaged in gathering a crop of at least 500 barrels apples and 2,000 bushels plums.

Story October 22nd, 1903. C.P.R. boats coming to Halifax for apples. A letter to the Editor of the Register.

Story February 23rd, 1905. Apple Shipping and Rebate System: To the Editor of the Register:

Story Feb. 11th, 1909. The Apple Industry. Mr. D.F. Wilber, United States Consul General at Halifax, makes the Apple Industry of Nova Scotia the subject of a Consular report which is published under date of January 8th, 1909.

Story The Farmers' meeting, in Foresters' Hall January 20th, 1910. Apples are discussed.

Jan. 20th, 1910.
In South Africa

The following letter was received yesterday: -
To the Editor of The Register

DEAR SIR, - While walking through the street of this city today, I saw the following placard displayed in a shop window: -

Fit For A King,

They were nice looking apples. I bought one for six pence. It tasted good I assure you, and while eating it my thoughts went back across the thousands of miles of water, to our fair valley, where it was grown. I could not see any of Sam Chute's spray on the apples, but could see the effect of his fertilizer. Yours Truly,

Durban, South Africa, Dec. 5, 1909.

Story Report on Agriculture: We have received a copy of the Report of the Secretary for Agriculture for Nova Scotia for 1910. This report is especially interesting in respect to Horticulture, to which branch of Agriculture a larger space is devoted than usual. Kings County figures quite largely as may be seen by the following extracts from the Table of Contents:...........

Story June 7th, 1922. New Apple Warehouses for Kings County.

Story April 19th, 1922. Nova Scotia Fruit Exhibit, Imperial Fruit Show, London, Eng. (c/w 58kb picture)

Story April 4th, 1923. A grower, writing in an English fruit trade paper, describes his inspection of a shipment of Nova Scotia apples as they arrived for the London market and has some very complimentary things to say of them.

Story April 25th, 1923, Distribution of Nova Scotia apple crop.

Story July 20th, 1927, An article about an apple maggot problem in the Valley.
Story July 20th, 1927, Evangeline Apple Grader, made in Berwick. (c/w 46kb picture)

Stories July 23rd, 1930.

1. APPLE BEVERAGE INDUSTRY MAY BE ESTABLISHED IN BERWICK Promoters Endeavoring to Secure Option On Five Acres of Land For Establishment of $100,000 Plant.
2. Fruit Growers Endorse New Grading Regulations.
3. Somerset Stave Mill To Use Electricity

Story Apple Blossom Festival. Will Provide Many Attractions, May 24, 1933.

Story October 3rd, 1933. Cooperage Opens In Morning, Lost In Midnight Blaze. Carl Smith - Aylesford.

May 31, 1933.

Poem: AN APPLE ORCHARD. Poem about an apple orchard.

June 7th, 1933.

First Year of The Apple Blossom Festival.

1. Centre Of Apple Belt, Berwick Is An Attractive Town. (Halifax Herald Tourist Edition)
2. Berwick Awarded Special Prize For Decorated Float, at 1st Apple Blossom Festival.
3. Blossom Festival Proves Outstanding Achievement.

June 5th, 1947.
1. Community Work produces "Most Artistic" Float. (c/w 56kb picture)
2. Valley's Fifteenth Apple Festival Hailed As Best In History Of Big Event.

Story June 3rd, 1948. Apple Blossom Festival Float Admired By Many. (c/w 50kb picture)

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