This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V26", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
In October number of Gardeners' Monthly you ask if any have experimented with grafting apples or pears on Crab-apple or Hawthorn. I would say that about twenty or twenty-five years ago I transplanted some White Thorn from a pasture into my garden and grafted them. One of them I grafted with Bartlett pear. It bore regularly for several years, but never bore a pear that was fit to eat. Of course I dug it up and destroyed it. Others were grafted with very choice varieties, but with the same result. The stock seemed to spoil the quality of the fruit. On Standard or Quince stock I was then in the habit of getting larger and better pears than I ever found in New York or Boston market. I was much disappointed in my experiment with the Thorn stock. Moline, Ills.