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I do not know if it is generally known, but according to the old timers, the channel of the Willamette river used to be along the east side of Rose Island in the early days. The sea-going vessels used to come into harbor loaded down with rock ballast, and Couch, of the Couch Donation land Claim at Portland, as it was said, would pay the captains and crew so much to dump their ballast between the island and the east shore of the river.
To get back to the Lewellings and their nursery, that the Bing cherry was named in honor of a Chinese workman, is fairly well known, but not much has been told about the Chinese himself. He was a northern Chinese, of the Manchou race, the men and women of which are large, and very unlike the usual Cantonese Chinese with which we are familiar. Bing was close to six feet tall, if not more, He was foreman of the gang of thirty or more Chinese usually working in the orchards, and he worked here on contract for some thirty years. But he had a family back in China, or at least he had a wife there, to whom he sent money regularly, and this wife had adopted six or seven boys, so that Bing was sure to have sons to provide for the traditional ancestor worship. Bing was always talking about his family, he wanted to go back and see his wife and sons. Finally in '89 or '90 he went, and while he was in China the Oriental exclusion law was passed, and Bing was never able to return
About this Item
- [Early Horticultural History and Lore]
- Contributor Names
- Wrenn, Sara B. (Interviewer)
- Ledding, Mrs. Herman (Interviewee)
- Created / Published
- Subject Headings
- - Local History
- - Horticulture
- - Narratives
- - United States -- Oregon -- Milwaukie
- Call Number/Physical Location
- series: Folklore Project, Life Histories, 1936-39
- MSS55715: BOX A729
- Source Collection
- U.S. Work Projects Administration, Federal Writers' Project
- Manuscript Division
- Online Format
- online text
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The introduction was written by Ann Banks © 1980 and produced by Joanne B. Freeman. The sound recordings were produced by Joan Murphy Stack and engineered by Rob Attinello. The actors who read the manuscripts were Clement Cottingham, Billie Durand, George A. Jackson, Jr., Margaret Root, Edward S. Stout, and Edna Jeweline White.
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Wrenn, Sara B, and Mrs. Herman Ledding. Early Horticultural History and Lore. Oregon, 1939. Manuscript/Mixed Material. https://www.loc.gov/item/wpalh001981/.
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Wrenn, Sara B, and Mrs. Herman Ledding. Early Horticultural History and Lore. Oregon, 1939. Manuscript/Mixed Material. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/wpalh001981/>.