Fab Four (circa 1912)

I’ve been reading Pauliena  LaFuse’s epic tome “The Saga of the San Bernardinos” and have made it all the way up to 1912, where she chronicles the excitement in Beaumont af the approaching Edison power line (the first thing communities would do with the power is make ice to ship their fruit). 

They had an autumn Apple and Chrysanthemum Show where growers Silvered, Warren, Baker, Dr. West, Seats, McNeven, E.D. Reynolds and Highland Home showed off (clockwise from the upper left) Rome Beauty, Winesap, White Winter Pearmain, and King David apples.  A wise choice if you ask me, as they are all outstanding in that climate, each with their individual character and use.  King David is the best down in our heat, and the best out of the four, but when well-grown the other three are worth the drive to get and bring back a bit of yesteryear when an apple’s taste was paramount over its appearance.

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