Planting Out Cherry Trees

January is the time for planting bare root fruit trees, whether you are planting now or in the 19th century. Here are two entries from John Bidwell’s 1871 diary:

Fri. January 6.
Setting out cherry trees – Ramage & choir met here to have a last sing – Present Judge Hallets, Harry Hallet – Warren – Farrell, Mrs. Clark & Misses Wilson & Allen. Weather beautiful – Mr. Cochran fell on his horse & was hurt –
Sat. January 7.
Day fine – Set out cherry trees – Cleared off garden on S. side of creek – Recd. money on Church note – and paid off debts – H.C. Bidwell arrd. from mts –

cherryHe planted the cherry orchard behind the Mansion. It later became the site of Chico Normal School. H. C. Bidwell was his half-nephew Henry C. Bidwell, son of his half-brother Daniel Bidwell. Henry became superintendent of the Plumas County Mining Company.

About nancyleek

Nancy is a retired librarian who lives in Chico, California. She is the author of John Bidwell: The Adventurous Life of a California Pioneer.
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