H. P. Gould Document
This document deals with a trip that H. P. Gould, along with a Mr. Fletcher and a Mr. Darrow, took to Tennessee, Kentucky, and West Virginia between August 4 and 14, 1912. They made the trip in order to study how various fruits adapted to different environments. The three men traveled to the Tennessee Experiment Station in Knoxville to talk to Professor Keffer (then the station's chief horticulturalist) and then split up, with Fletcher moving south and Darrow and Gould moving west toward Harriman, Sunbright, and Deer Lodge. Darrow and Gould determined that conditions in the Sunbright-Deer Lodge area were not generally conducive to growing fruit, although excellent apples could be produced with a combination of hard work and good luck.
Darrow and Gould then moved farther west. Their next stop was in Crossville, Tennessee, where they determined that, as in the Sunbright-Deer Lodge area, conditions were not ideal for growing fruit. The men considered both of these areas to be typical of the Cumberland plateau. Their next stop was Baxter, Tennessee, which is west of the Cumberland Plateau region. Although this region was potentially extremely productive, frosts in the spring and warm spells in the winter frequently destroyed the crop. Darrow and Gould also visited Lebanon and Greenwood, both of which are located in the central basin of Tennessee. This area was particularly productive, as it possessed good soil and was generally spared spring frosts.
Darrow and Gould separated in Belleview, Tennessee, with Darrow continuing work in Tennessee and Gould proceeding to Lexington, Kentucky to meet with Professor Mathews of the Kentucky State University. He then proceeded to West Virginia to meet with Professor Alderman at the West Virginia Station, and finally returned to Washington, D.C., on August 14, 1912.
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This document deals with a trip that H. P. Gould, along with a Mr. Fletcher and a Mr. Darrow, took to Tennessee, Kentucky, and West Virginia between August 4 and 14, 1912 in order to study how various fruits adapted to different environments.
Very little biographical information is available regarding H. P. Gould. After finishing his education, he went to work for the United States Department of Agriculture, where he was apparently a man of some note. He also published a large number of books and articles regarding orchards and growing fruit. He may have been related to the Gould family of New York, which was heavily involved in the timber industry during the early 20th century.
No information on Mssrs. Fletcher and Darrow is available beyond what is present in this collection.
Collection consists of a single folder.
This document was purchased in December of 2004.