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.
We are pleased to note that this society which Mr. Cruickshanks did so much to honor, gratefully passed the following resolutions so well due to his memory:
Boston, February 3rd 1879.
To the family of the late James Cruickshanks.
At the meeting of the society held Saturday, February 1st 1879, the following preamble and resolutions were unanimously passed.
Whereas, It has pleased the All-wise disposer of events to remove from us by death our fellow member James Cruickshanks, therefore, Resolved, That we thereby sustain a loss which will be long and deeply felt. His great love of horticultural pursuits, his long experience and his sterling integrity gave weight and value to his counsel. Constant and faithful in all his duties, genial, social and sympathetic in his nature, his presence was always a source of pleasure to us, and we shall cherish his memory in full sympathy with his family in their bereavement.
Resolved, That these resolutions be entered on our records, and that the secretary be directed to send a copy to the family of the deceased.
Mr. Manning the secretary of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, in transmitting the resolutions to the family of the deceased thus gives expressions to his feelings of regard:
"I must avail myself of the opportunity to say a word, though to those of his family who know me it may be unnecessary, expressive of my personal regard for Mr. Cruickshanks.
"There was no member of the society whom I greeted with more pleasure, none more trusted by every one in the society, and we shall long remember and miss his stalwart presence and his hearty grasp of the hand".
At our request Mr. George Cruickshanks kindly furnishes the following brief notes of his father's work.
"My father was born in the town of Dunce, Berwickshire, Scotland, September 1st, 1800, followed the profession of his father, that of a gardener; he learned with his father while gardener at Lethington castle, Scotland, where his father died about 1830, after twenty-four years service. He filled places in the east of Scotland as head gardener, and that of superintendent of Light Hill cemetery, Glasgow. In the Spring of 1842 he arrived in New York, engaged to go to Hartford, Conn. with his wife and six children. I saw him in the Fall of the same year. Moved to the vicinity of Boston in the Spring of 1845. After filling the situation of gardener, he accepted the position of superintendent of Wood-lawn cemetery in 1850, Chelsea and Maiden, near Boston, which position he filled for nearly thirteen years; when he resigned in 1863 to begin the practice of landscape gardener and horticultural engineer, at which he had all he could attend to while he was able. He left an aged widow, two sous and two daughters, and a numerous circle of friends to mourn his loss.
"Of the family there were three sons and three daughters, of which I am the oldest of the four left, a brother in Kenosha, Wis., a minister, one sister married to an artist in Chelsea, and one sister living at home and unmarried".
We have given more than our usual space to these notices, because few worked so hard and really did so much as Mr. Cruickshanks to make the working practical gardener respected by those who employed him.