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.
I think the position of some of the friends of this pear, on the question of its being blight-proof, is misunderstood. Because it has not blighted on Mr. Kieffer's grounds, certainly is no evidence that it will not blight elsewhere. The assumption that it will prove to be substantially blight-proof has been based on the understanding and belief that it has inherited the characteristics of its parent the old Chinese Sand pear. With the leading pear-growers of this State the Sand pear is the only variety that had escaped the ravages of fire-blight until the advent of Kieffer's Hybrid, and naturally it has come to be regarded as blight-proof. This may be assumption rather than conclusive evidence, but to me has appeared to be worthy of consideration. Other seedlings of the Sand pearon Mr. Kieffer's place have been troubled with leaf-blight, but my understanding is that nothing of the kind has ever been seen on the Hybrid.
It is remarkable for retaining its large beautiful leaves days and weeks after the foliage has dropped from Anjou and Bartlett.
Regarding the quality of the fruit, if it is improperly handled or eaten when overripe it will be as poor as Bartlett or Duchesse under like condition; 1 think no more so.
When properly handled I find it not only a good eating fruit but a most excellent canning variety. While it has not brought the millennium of fruit culture it has come to stay, and in my judgment promises to be the most popular market pear on the list.