This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V24", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
" B." Independence, Miss., writes : " I send you by mail a specimen of the Eureka Peach, which originated near this place, and came into bearing in 1878, and is said to have ripened on more than one occasion by the 15th of May. The first fruit ripened this season on the 20th, but was doubtless retarded by the unusually cool weather we have had for the last fifteen days. Amsden, Alexander; Briggs' May and Waterloo are just beginning to color, and I think will not be ripe before the 30th of the month, although they have two degrees advantage in situation as to temperature, as they are in the valley and the Eureka on a high elevation and much exposed to the cold winds. Would be pleased to have you, if you deem it worthy, give the Eureka a notice in the Gardener's Monthly".
[This Peach, like most of these very early ones, is a cling-stone, not quite as small as some of the very early ones, oval and pointed, and of a pretty bright red on the sunny side. It reached Germantown on the 22nd of May. It was not sweet, though the abundance of juice was very pleasant. The lack of sweetness we attribute to its being gathered before being quite ripe in order that it might carry well. On the whole it may be regarded as a promising variety. Five days after this was written, two more came, with the suggestion from the sender that the others were not ripe. But the ripe ones came rotten. - Ed. G. M].