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September 10, 2003 THE FIRST APPLE DAY AND OTHER REMINISCENCES FROM EARLY JULIAN "THE HIDDEN JEWEL IN GOD&apos;S POCKET" Editor's Note: This account, including headline, was taken from the Julian Chamber of Commerce's 1955 Apple Day Booklet. The first Julian Apple Day was held about 90 years ago, on October 9, 1909. For about 20 years during the century's mid-part, the Chamber conducted an event known as Apple Days over a two-day period. It published booklets filled with history and lore about the town. During the past quarter century the Julian Apple Harvest has generally been informally celebrated during the entire month of October, and part of November. People come to town to buy apples at fruit stands and stores, and pies at shops and restaurants. NONPROMOTIONAL Not long ater the turn of the century a group of leading citizens, in solenm conclave assembled, decided to interest outsiders in Julian's future, blow a resounding toot on the local horn of plenty, and spread good will m general. A party seemed in order, a harvest home, a tall testival--- and they called it Apple Day. Some years bet0re, at the height of tile gold-digging epoch. Jas. Madison and Thos. Brady located homestead . claims, and ill the evenings, while resting fiom their labor in tile mines, gave consideration to climatic conditions, the soil and the altitude, and resolved that Julian was the ideal place to grow deciduous fiuit. HELEN MEYER RAY MEYER Lots of Peaches Apples Pears Cider Wholesale Retail Open Every Day flours: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (760) 765-0233 3962 Highway 78 Santa Ysabel, CA 92070 i "We're atier gold, and you can't pick gold off trees!" scoffed their mining friends. The two settlers were not daunted, being of hish extraction, and set out to materialize their plans well aware of the difficulties. Nursery stock was hard to find, scarce and expensive. They started north by four-horse wagon power and alter a three-week journey to the central part of the state, returned with a load of trees. These and others were planted to such good purpose that in 1907 five boxes of Juhan apples won etght gold medals at tilt Jamestown Exposition, and at tile International Pomolical Apple Show at Norfolk they won the Wilson medal, the highest award given for apples, in colnpetition with fruit fiom all over tile United States and Canada. St) there was considerable justification for blowing tile horn about Julian's apples 46 years ago (froln 1909 to 1955). Preparations were extensive fi)r the great event. C.W. Potter, an Apple Day committeeman, climbed onto an old apple box and remarked: "Folks. it looks like everybody in San Diego County is coming to our blow-out. There's likely to be five or six hundred come day after tomorrow. I want you folks to tie your horses double tight and well off Main Street, for they'll be a rarin', cause there's likely to be three or tour of them there automobiles present." There was a big dance before Apple Day; the orchestra was composed of violin, piano and bones, and it played waltzes, polkas, two-steps, and the girls danced m high button shoes to the schottische and varsuviana. October 9, 1909, was the great day. The sun dawned in the East as usual, but with it, also from the East, rose tile wind. By nine in the morning, it was howling, at noon, all 'the girls and women preparing food in the old town hall rushed downstairs to help hold onto the big white tent; men and boys and dogs were doing all they could to tie it down. but the wind bellowed and billowed and tore the canvass to ribbons. The tent had been erected too serve dinner, and many people had to finish their meal in the Julian hotel. Everything was free, and the menu ran something like this: fi'ied chicken and roast chicken and roast turkey and fiesta beans and potato salad and hot buns with homemade butter and apple jelly and quince jelly and blackberry jam and pear preserves and gooseberry pm and apple pie and pumpkin pm and cheese and three kinds of pickles and tea and coffee and milk and apple cider and homemade loganberry ice cream and vanilla ice cream and all kinds of apples and pears and a few late plums. Not a person complained, even though you could feel the windborne grit sometimes when you chewed your chicken. The first gasoline buggy too arrive on the scene was a long, gray Columbia belonging to Rex B. Clark, late of Detroit, but at that time a local rancher. Then up chuffed a big, flashy Packard 30 (30 horsepower, that is) beloqging to James E. Wadham of San Diego. This car was completely decked out with a lolding top, windshield lamps, and a bulb honk horn. The driver was fashionably garbed in a leather cap, large goggles, linen duster, and black lather gauntlet gloves. Then two more cars appeared, to the huzzahs of the populace. Theodore Barnes drove up in his Apperson. and John Day came in his Buick White Streak, which he claimed could go 50 iniles an hour. He offered to prove it, but the demoqstration had to be called off because the wind was blowing 60 miles an hour. The program in the afternoon was refer,hal. There were some speeches. and a baseball game with Ramona. There was foot racing, rooster-pulling on horseback, and fancy riding tricks by iqdividual horsemen. The wind died suddenly at about tour in the afternoon, but by then everybody was fagged out. All the visitors went home lull of hospitality and apple pies and happiness, singing the praises of Julian and the warm (if windy) reception given them on our first Apple Day. 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