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The Story of the Delicious Apple

by Mrs. O.D. Silverthorne

Delicious Hawkeye AppleJesse Hiatt bought 320 acres of prairie land, raised wheat, corn, hogs and cattle. Money was easily made. He built a large barn — had money for a house — but there was no flour mill nearer than 60 miles. Friends induced him to first, build a flour mill. Joshua Burson — brother-in-law — agreed to help — he, Burson had been a miller in Indiana. The mill cost $12,500.

Father had to borrow money at 10 percent. Two years later, the chinch bugs and drought made a crop failure. Taxes raised — so did interest — to 20 percent. During the many years of hardships following the building of the mill, together with crop failures, Jesse had become very discouraged. To rest from physical labors, Jesse went to his six-acre orchard where he communed with the Almighty who makes his fruits and new grafts grow. This was most restful to his weary nerves.Jesse & Rebecca Hiatt

In 1870-71-72, the sprout which developed into the well known and worldwide known Delicious apple appeared in his orchard. It was very thrifty, Father had enough seedling — it being outside the row, he cut it down. He did it the second time. But it insisted [on growing]. The third time he said, "If you must grow, you may." Its first apple — so different, so beautiful and fragrant when he tasted it — his first wore were., "It is the best apple in the whole world." Jesse never changed his mind; for 12 years, he tried to fine someone who would propagate them that the world might benefit by them. At last, as whole world knows, he found the right party. And with Higher help, he paid off all his indebtedness. Two years before his death in 1898, he built the new house he intended building 20 years before.

Charles E. Rush wrote that Jesse Hiatt moved to Iowa in the mid-1800s, settling in Madison County. In 1872, he propagated a new apple, which he called "The Hawkeye." In 1894, he sold propagation rights to C.M. Stark, who changed the name to "The Delicious,' the parent of the famous strain of Stark Delicious Apple.

Why is this article posted on FoodUtah.com? The descendants of Jesse Hiatt moved and lived in Payson and Salem in the state of Utah.

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