This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V25", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Mr. T. T. Lyon supplies the following piece of history : "A previous Legislature had enacted a 'Yellows Law' applicable only to the counties of Van Buren, Allegan and Ottawa; and difficulty arising from its non-applicability to other adjoining localities, and from the alleged insufficiency of some of its provisions, a movement was in progress to modify this law and make it general throughout the State. The State Pomological Society was appealed to, at the annual meeting in December, 1877, at Paw Paw, to perfect a draft of the proposed law, and to bring it before the Legislature with its endorsement. It was after the discussion of the motion to refer this matter to a special committee, that Hon. N. H. Bitely, of Lawton, read an abstract of the facts elicited during the discussion, in which he stated it to be his conclusion that it seems inevitable nothing but a stringent law for the destruction of the diseased trees, applicable to the whole State, diligently and energetically enforced, will prevent the loss of every peach tree in the State. Without such a law we may bid a long farewell to this most luscious fruit which has so long been both a source of pride and revenue to the State of Michigan. With such a law, so enforced, the future of the peach will be more hopeful.
Mr. Lyon adds that this can only be taken as the conclusion of Mr. Bitely. We are confident, however, that it expressed (perhaps not in a sufficiently guarded manner) the dominant feeling of those in attendance, that the proposed application of the law respecting nuisances to this disease, was legitimate and proper; and that, if we would escape the calamity that had already nearly or quite ruined the peach plantations of an entire county of our 'fruit belt,' prompt and earnest action must be had."