This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V20", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
The Ida Cherry, a new and very promising early Cherry, raised by E. H. Cocklin, of Shep-perdstown, Cumberland County, Pa., who kindly sent me, by express, a liberal supply, which came in good condition, although fully ripe and of tender flesh. Mr. Cocklin informs me that it is a seedling of the Cocklin's Favorite, about twenty-five years old, and having borne good crops for fifteen years, is considered worthy of general introduction. The tree is a vigorous, upright grower, and an abundant bearer, ripening about the same time as the May Duke. It is named after his daughter Ida.
Fruit rather large, obtuse conical, slightly compressed, suture slight; skin pale whitish-yellow, nearly covered with light bright red, more or less mottled, stalk of medium length, slender, inserted in a rather large deep cavity; flesh very tender, jucy, rich, very good, if not best quality, pit very small.