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.
The public parks of Philadelphia and art and science in general have lost one of their best friends in the death of Eli K. Price. He was perhaps one of the ablest of the many remarkable men that have been associated with the history of Philadelphia. He was born on a farm in Bradford township, Chester county, Pa., in 1797, and was therefore in his 87th year at the time of his decease, the 15th of November. Always strong and vigorous, up to the very hour of his sudden death his whole life was an effort at usefulness. It was chiefly through his efforts that the cemetery system of burial became so popular, eventually to become an established fact. Through him the numerous little towns and villages which had actually grown into one another, became one grand city of Philadelphia, with now a territory of one hundred and twenty square miles. It was through him in a great measure that the magnificent scheme which resulted in Fairmount Park was * perfected and established, and he was named as one of its first Commissioners; up to almost the hour of his death he took an active part in one of its leading committees, and an intelligent interest in all the departments.
He was one of the leading members of the American Philosophical Society, which had charge of the Michaux bequest for the encouragement of forestry. The interest of this, by a happy thought of Mr. Price's, was divided between precept and example. Part went towards popular lectures by Prof. Rothrock in Fairmount Park, and part went for the purchase of trees that would exemplify the lecturer's teaching. The Pennsylvania University owed much to his labors, and the establishment of the Chair of Botany that obtained for Philadelphia the services of Prof. J. T. Rothrock was mainly through financial aid which he personally accorded.
He leaves one son, J. Sergeant Price, who it is a pleasure to note inherits much of his father's tastes and public spirit. He is one of the leading officers of the American Philosophical Society.