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.
A correspondent of the Mobile Advertiser says:
"The trunk of the papaw would be valuable cultivated for its bark alone. As a fibre it must be far superior to the fibre of jute, and its yield is immense. A grove of papaw trees might be cut down every year, as the many sprouts sent up from the stumps, grow in a single season to from four to six feet in length. A piece of land once set, would last for cutting many years. Who is willing to experiment with the papaw?" And it is further said: "While exploring the Indian mounds of Tennessee for the Smithsonian Institution in 1869, we took up with the remains of a Mound-builder, a string of copper beads that had been strung upon a slip of papaw bark, and the bark was still in a good state of preservation. It was taken from ten or twelve feet below the surface, and from immediately beneath a white oak tree near three feet in diameter".