This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V21", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
The Fairmount Park Commission, one of the most intelligent and honorable bodies connected with the government of Philadelphia, has met a severe loss in the death of Morton McMichael, who was one of the most active members of the board. He was buried on the 9th of January with full honors from the fellow citizens he had so faithfully served during a long life. At a meeting subsequently his contemporaries told what they each knew of his good works; and in regard to the Park Commission, the Hon. Eli K. Price said:
"You know from his reports how deeply Mr. McMichael was interested in the Park. He was greatly distressed to find how narrow had been Its width along the Wissahickon, leaving the upper hill-sides subject to be stripped of their trees and the stream to be polluted by drainage. Within a brief period, on his invitation, we visited that scene. I now repeat his anxiety upon this subject, in the hope that it may sink deeper in our minds, in association with a memory made sacred by the good he has done, by our love for him, and by his lamented death. He would have preferred this being done to having a monument in the Park. This is a small matter compared with the greater he had been engaged in, but it was that of all public concerns nearest his heart when he entered his chamber to die".
Outside of Philadelphia he will also be missed. In a letter from Hon. M. P. "Wilder, of Boston, we have the following, which, though from a private note, we hope he will pardon us for extracting:
"Our orator laurate is gone! McMichael; a man that will ever be cherished in the memories of all who knew him with tender affection and profound respect. No name in the galaxy of American eloquence shines more brilliantly than his. It has been my good fortune to have had him for a friend for more than thirty years. Twice has he been my guest on public occasions in this city within that period, and on both occasions our Boston people were electrified with his surpassing eloquence. As a journalist, orator, and Christian gentleman, we shall look in vain for his superior".