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.
It has been but a few years since the people of our State learned that the finer varieties of our cultivated pears could be raised here successfully. Formerly the wild button pear was the only variety of this fruit produced. Now upon the clay soils near our rivers the improved varieties flourish well and seem to resist the attacks of disease as well as apples. They have succeeded so well and the fruit is so abundant in plentiful years, that the best varieties bring but a dollar a bushel, and our orchards are increasing and the young trees are coming into bearing so rapidly that some fear the market will be overstocked in abundant years. The blight of which we hear much in other localities has never troubled the pear orchards of New Hampshire to any extent, and the insect enemies of the pear seem to be fewer than those of the apple. Of the varieties grown, the Bartlett - the standard seventy miles south at Boston - seems rather tender here, the trees look stunted, grow poorly, and seem almost as tender as peaches. As a rule those varieties which are of American origin succeed best, although there are many of foreign origin that do well.
Among these might be mentioned Flemish Beauty (were not affected by cracking) Louise Bonne de Jersey, Beurre d' Anjou (one of the best) Duchesse d' Angouleme and Rostiezer. Those varieties of American origin which have been most widely disseminated and are best known are Sheldon, Seckel, Brandywine, Buffum, Goodale and Merriam. The first three are everywhere noted for their excellence of fruit, while the last three are trees that succeed almost everywhere, and are noted more as productive varieties with handsome hardy trees than for superior qualities of fruit. Yet if the grower is negligent in the care of his trees, as some always will be, these varieties will produce better results than some others.