A little while ago we found this little pamphlet in the Library of Congress. We showed you just the cover and the first couple of pages in our last post, “Facts About Fresno County“.
Let’s look at Page 4
Page 4 starts with what they’ve titled “The Health Standard“.
They say, “The Health Standard of Fresno County is high, the dry climate and peculiar conditions being conducive to a high health standard, and singularly enough, the hottest month of July is always the healthiest.”
We’re not sure what that means. July might very well being our hottest month but it’s also the healthiest? Remember this was from near the turn of the century (1900) and we can’t imagine all these hard working farmers in the hot July sun and no A/C – being healthier than other months? Can any of our readers in the medical field add any comments about that?
Good soil, good sun, good water. We’ve always had great growing conditions here.
“Indian Corn, Egyptian Corn, Broom Corn…” and then the, “Irish Potatoes“.
We like to get feedback from anyone who knows more about these varietals. Do we still produce these?
What about, “The number of deciduous trees is nearly 94,000“. Do we have a count of those trees today?
In the middle of the page is a picture captioned as a “Fresno Irrigation Canal“. It’s a large canal with what looks like a bridge in the background. Wouldn’t it be great if we could identify where that is today?
We have questions:
- What do they mean by July being the Healthiest?
- What is Egyptian Corn and do we still grow it?
- How many Deciduous Trees do we have in the county today?
- Where is that Irrigation Canal?
Help us out if you can and we’ll get you some sweet swag!