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A "bumper crop" of apples, Springdale area, about 1909. Aaron and Speece, photographers. Annabel Searcy Collection (S-68-19-1025)

Luke L. Kantz kneeling with his apples, Fayetteville, 1900s. Kantz began growing apples for home use in the 1870s. Later he had a commercial orchard, primarily growing Ben Davis and Mammoth Black Twig. Part of his orchard was used for experimental purposes by Professor John T. Stinson of the University of Arkansas horticulture department. John T. Stinson, photographer. Washington County Historical Society Collection (P-884)

William B. Brogdon home and orchard, northeast of Springdale, 1910s. Brogdon decided to leave his home in Texas and get into fruit growing in Arkansas after buying a wagonload of beautiful apples from Cane Hill. In addition to being a major grower, he started his own fruit-buying and shipping business. Bettylou Boyd Collection (S-81-134-2)

Apple trees in bloom at the Napoleon B. Long orchard southeast of Springdale, 1900s. Bruce Vaughan Collection (S-79-4-59)

Arkansas Black, Ben Davis, and other apple varieties, probably at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, 1900s. Dr. Roy C. Rom Collection (S-82-34-1:9)

Benjamin F. Smith holding loppers in his orchard near the White River east of Springdale, 1910s. Harvey Smith Collection (S-2010-98)

Orchard spraying crew, Northwest Arkansas, 1910s. Protection from the toxic spray was minimal: goggles for the pump operator and canvas for the horses' backs. Joe Robinson Collection (S-81-9-43)

Benjamin F. Johnson (center) in his orchard, south of Fayetteville, 1910s. Johnson traded his general store in Missouri for this orchard in 1908 where he grew apples and pears. Anne Prichard Collection (S-88-58-31)

Barreling apples at the H.S. Webber orchard southeast of Springdale, October 16, 1911. The women on the left funneled apples into the barrel while the woman on the right used a device to put the barrel lid in place. Fresh apples were shipped in barrels as they were sturdy and easy to roll around. Rogers Historical Museum Collection (S-2008-1-1)

Jeff Gover (center) in his orchard north of Springdale, 1920s. By the 1920s many growers had made the switch to crates as they were easier to stack and used space more efficiently. Ray Watson Collection (S-83-250-12)

Wagons filled with apples, possibly on the way to the evaporator plant, Springdale, about 1912. Maryman D. Lichlyter, photographer. Annabel Searcy Collection (S-68-19-123)

Loading apples on the Frisco Railroad's refrigerator cars, Springdale, 1910s. P.J. Smith Jr. Collection (S-87-259-19)

Making cider at the W.E. Roberts home, Baldwin Community, Washington County, September 23, 1965. The cider press had been in the Roberts family for three generations. By the time this photo was taken, eighty-five gallons of cider had been made. John K. Woodruff, photographer. Northwest Arkansas Times Collection (NWAT Box 12 65.8)

Garrett Williams (left) and Robert Wilson at Williams's orchard, Buckeye community (Madison County), 1900s. Williams is said to have been the first nurseryman in the county. Dorothy Wilson Collection (S-82-209-10)

Springdale Vinegar Co., Springdale, 1910s. Frisco Railroad tanker cars were used to haul the vinegar stored in the large vats on the right to market. Gene H. Thompson Collection (S-96-56-20)

Macon and Carson Distillery, Bentonville, 1900s-1910s. Said to have been the largest fruit distillery west of the Mississippi at one time. Later closed because of Prohibition. Washington County Historical Society Collection

Processing apples at the A. Edward Rausher farm, Fairmount community (Benton County), 1910s. The women stand behind apple peelers. On the left is the sulfur bleaching box used to make evaporated apples. On the right the men stand next to a grinder and cider press. The barrels hold evaporated apples or apple waste. Siloam Springs Museum Collection (S-84-164-31)

Frank Ernst's evaporator, Centerton, 1900s. Like many small communities, Centerton had a one-crop industry with numerous orchards, two evaporators, and a vinegar plant. Benton County History Book Collection (S-92-49-45)

Apple Blossom Festival parade float for the Ben Davis apple, First Street, Rogers, 1924. Fadjo Cravens Jr. Collection (S-82-155-20)

William R. Bird at Springdale's first apple fair, 1909. Bird grew fruit and grain. Elaborate displays were a way to bring attention and business to an apple-growing area. (S-78-23-33)


The Heyday of the Apple Industry

The End, and Revival, of the Apple Industry

A Nursery Story: Parker Brothers Nursery Co., and John Parker and Son Nursery Co.


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