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Peter M. Gideon and the Wealthy Apple

 
 
Peter M. Gideon and the Wealthy Apple Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, September 1, 2012
1. Peter M. Gideon and the Wealthy Apple Marker
Inscription. In 1853, Peter Miller Gideon and his wife, Wealthy, arrived in Minnesota from Ohio and settled on the shores of Lake Minnetonka. Long interested in fruitgrowing, Peter Gideon determined to satisfy the craving of pioneer families for apples and other fruits although all previous efforts to grow them had failed.

In 1854, he recorded that he planted one bushel of apple seed and a peck of peach seed. For fourteen years he planted, seeded, and grafted more than 10,000 apple, cherry, peach, pear, plum, and quince trees; but hard winters, blight, grasshopper plagues, and other reverses prevailed. Each year he had to start anew.

From one seed he obtained from Maine, a seedling grew that withstood the hard Minnesota winters and produced in 1868 the celebrated Wealthy apple, which was named for his wife and hailed as the "best apple produced since Adam and Eve left the Garden of Eden." From this flourished the Northwest's fruitgrowing industries.

His steadfastness and perseverance applied also to his outspoken, often inflexible, views on social issues. He condemned slavery and abuse of Indians, supported women's rights, and fought for the "advancement of moral refinement."

Within view of this monument, which is on the southeast corner of the original homestead, is the Gideon home, now more than 100 years
Peter M. Gideon and the Wealthy Apple Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, September 1, 2012
2. Peter M. Gideon and the Wealthy Apple Marker
old, and the site of the original orchards.

[Seal of the Natural Resources Fund]
[Seal of The Minnesota Historical Society]


Erected by the Minnesota Historical Society
1965

 
Erected 1965 by Minnesota Historical Society.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Minnesota Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 44° 54.223′ N, 93° 35.51′ W. Marker is in Excelsior, Minnesota, in Hennepin County. Marker is at the intersection of Gideons Lane and Glen Road on Gideons Lane. Click for map. Marker can be reached from Glen Road, west of County Road 19 / Manitou Road. Marker is in this post office area: Excelsior MN 55331, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Peter M. Gideon (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Geology of Lake Minnetonka (approx. 1.3 miles away); In Honor of All Who Served and Those Who Died (approx. 1.4 miles away); Soldiers Memorial (approx. 1.8 miles away); Christmas Lake (approx. 2.7 miles away); SurfSide Park (approx.
Peter M. Gideon and the Wealthy Apple Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, September 1, 2012
3. Peter M. Gideon and the Wealthy Apple Marker
4.2 miles away); Minnetonka -- Queen of the Inland Lakes (approx. 4.2 miles away); Veterans Monument (approx. 4.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Excelsior.
 
Also see . . .
1. Minesota History Magazine. Minnesota Historical Society; Peter M. Gideon, Pioneer Horticulturist. pdf (Submitted on September 6, 2012.) 

2. Peter M. Gideon, Pioneer Horticulturist. (Submitted on September 6, 2012.)
 
Categories. Horticulture & Forestry
 
Peter M. Gideon and the Wealthy Apple Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, September 1, 2012
4. Peter M. Gideon and the Wealthy Apple Marker
Gideons Lane
Peter M. Gideon Home image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, September 1, 2012
5. Peter M. Gideon Home
[immediately beyond the marker]
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 496 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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