This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V22", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
This is said to ripen between July 1st, to July 3d, in Fairview Township, Erie Co., Pa., where it originated, and instead of the usual "ten days" notice to the other early peaches to get out of the way, this gives " three to four weeks " notice to the Ams-den and Alexander. Of course we give only what is said of it, having had no chance to hear the tale as told by itself.
C. & B., Erie, Pa., writes: "We send you three specimens, the best we can get, at this late date. They began ripening July 12th, this year, ten days before the Alexander. The tree was loaded with about two bushels, and has borne every year. Tell us all you can of our seedling. This is not much of a Peach section, but we feel that we have a Peach that combines quality, earliness, (best specimens this year 9 inches around) free from rot, hang on tree and prolific bearer. No Peach in our market, from Baltimore to Cincinnati, that compares with the Schumaker".
[The specimens impressed us much more favorably than many samples we receive for opinion. They came early in July, measured 7 inches in circumference, were deep red all over, with an occasional purplish stripe; flesh, white and remarkably sweet and juicy. It is a sub cling stone, as so many early ones are. A peculiarity is the remarkably small stone for so large a Peach, and which will make it just the thing for some who poke "natural stones " on the public at double ordinary prices, " for you know a seedling Peach has always a small stone." This had the stone two-thirds of an inch long by half an inch wide. - Ed. G. M].