This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V23", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Pomologists, especially those interested in pear culture, will learn with regret of the decease of this excellent man. He was one of the earliest to engage in the nursery business in California, and had made it a great commercial success. In May last he decided to rest from his labors and to make an extended horticultural tour through this country and Europe. Arriving in Chicago, he was taken with what appeared to be a severe cold, and he rested there some days. Recovering somewhat he again started East. On reaching Germantown early in June, he was suffering from a severe cough and nausea which prevented him from taking any solid food, and he left for New York in order to get medical advice as to the propriety of an European trip. The result was this last was abandoned. He passed the early part of the summer in visiting Eastern nurseries. His letters during this trip overflow with enthusiasm. " What," he writes to the editor, "a magnificent concern is the Dingee, Conard Rose establishment. I must say it is the neatest, cleanest and best arranged concern of the many I have seen in the Union, and, | what it is always a pleasure to note in such con-nections, the superintendent is my idea of what a perfect gentleman should be.
Of course one of my first visits was to the Parsons' concerns, and among the first met Mr. Trumpey. What a. whole souled man he is. It was a great pleasure to me even to watch his enthusiasm over a new plant. I have rarely enjoyed a half day more than in looking over with him the hardy azaleas and rare trees and shrubs which abound here." Finding his health continue to fail he was gradually working his way homeward, aed reached Council Bluffs, opposite Omaha, on the Missouri, where he died about a month after the above letter was written.
Mr. Fox will long be pleasantly remembered by his already famous seedling pears. The B. S. Fox we noted last winter for its superior excellence in every way. It is one of those kinds which will grow in popularity as the years roll away.
Mr. Fox was never married. His nephew, Richard Fox, has for some years been actively engaged in business with him, and no doubt the work so well begun by Mr. Fox will be continued in full credit to his memory.