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.
Since our last session several members of our society have closed their pilgrimage on earth, but their labors in our cause will live to bless the world, and their names will be treasured up in our memory as benefactors to mankind.
First in order we would remember Hon. Wil-lard C. Flagg, whose death was announced in a circular just as our last volume was going to press. He died at his residence, Moro, Illinois, on Saturday, March 30th, 1878. His memory will ever be cherished by us for his great ability and fidelity as Secretary of the American Porao-logical Society, and the various other institutions of our country with which he held official relations. Few men of his age have held more offices of honor and trust, which were properly referred to in a closing page of our last issue.
Mr. F. R. Elliott, formerly Secretary of this Society, died at Cleveland, Ohio, in February, 1878. Mr. E. possessed large experience as a pomologist and horticulturist, and from early life was a contributor to public journals, and was also an author of several popular works on these specialties. He was one of our early members, and ever took an active part in the proceedings of our Society. For many years he was Secretary of our Society, and had a natural facility for accomplishing the work of that officer. He will be remembered by a large circle of friends throughout the country, as one who did much for the promotion of American horticulture and pomology. We delight to remember him at one time as one of our most useful men; but misfortune overcame him. We remember his valuable services in the cause we are seeking to promote, but it is not our province or duty to speak of his misfortunes or frailties. No, let us, rather spread the veil of charity over his grave, and remember the good he has done.
Peace to his ashes!
Silas Moore, Vice-President for the State of Rhode Island, died at his residence, near Providence, several months since. He was one of the older members of our Association, having held for many years that office. Mr. Moore was one of the oldest nurserymen of New England, well skilled in his business, highly esteemed for his probity, and had done much for his own and adjoining States to promote the present advanced condition of American pomology. He was a modest and unpretentious man, much interested in the welfare of our Society, and had exerted a happy influence on the fruit culture of his own and adjoining States. He was a useful man in his profession, and respected as a citizen.
Dr. A. P. Wylie, Vice-President for the State of South Carolina, died at Chester, nearly two years since. Many will remember his interesting and scientific paper on the cross-fertilization of American and foreign grapes, especially on the different forms of pollen grains, showing how it was not possible for some kinds to fertilize others. They will also remember the fine specimens of grapes of his own crossing which he has shown at the various exhibitions of the American Pomological Society, especially the Peter Wylie, now in much repute, at the South. Dr. W. was a modest unpretending gentleman," and was eminently a man of science, much attached to the cultivation of fruits, and the results of his investigations are of great interest not only to horticulturists, but to vegetable physiologists. His loss will be much deplored by all who knew him.
Dr. H. A. Swasey, died at Tangipahoa, Louisiana, of yellow fever, September 18th, 1878, in Washington Parish, at his post of duty as a physician in contending with this fearful disease. Dr. Swasey was born at Saint Johnsbury, Vermont, but had resided at the South for a long time. He was a strong friend of the American Pomological Society, and warmly attached to the pleasures of rural life. He was one of our Committee on Native Fruits, and on the revision of the Catalogue. During a long and busy life he was connected with the agricultural and horticultural press. He was for a considerable time editor of Our Home Journal, of Louisiana. He published a horticultural journal at Yazoo City, Mississippi; was connected with the Rural Alabamian, at Mobile, and took editorial charge of the Southern Plantation, at Montgomery. He was a constant contributor to the agricultural and horticuliural press, dispensing freely of the knowledge he acquired, and much of the horticultural improvement in the South is due to his zealous and unselfish efforts to promote the public good.
Although it has not been our custom to refer to others than those who have held official relations with us, I think it proper also to notice the death of Col. Edward Wilkins, of Chestertown, Maryland, who died December, 1878. From Col. W.,it will be remembered, the Society received especial courtesies at its session in Baltimore. At his invitation the Society visited his extensive peach orchard, the dimensions of which would astonish the world. It was probably the largest of which we have any record. He was much attached to fruit culture, and did not confine himself to peaches alone. He was one of the fathers of the immense peach trade, and his orchards were wonderfully successful. He was one of the foremost horticulturists of Maryland, full of enthusiasm, and characterized by businesslike methods in this and other walks of life. He was universally respected as a progressive man.
There may be others who have held official relations with us, who have died since our last session, of whom I have not been informed; if so, I trust appropriate resolutions will be passed, expressing our respect and gratitude for their services in our cause.