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Apricots and Apples

Apricots and Apples


Tom Marceau: If we were looking at this area
in 1930, we would have seen lots of agriculture. In fact, most of the agriculture on the Hanford
Site took place on what they call the horn of the river, which is the area that the river
bends and makes a large arc where it turns from going east-west to north-south. Most of the agriculture was there. This would be very, very lush and green. Alfalfa, apples, peaches, apricots. Lots and lots of soft fruits and apples being
grown in this area. Narrator: Annette Heriford was a young girl
when her family moved to Hanford during the 1920s. She remembers the orchard her father owned
and the community she loved. Annette Heriford: From the time I can first
remember, I loved the apple orchards. It was predominantly apple orchards, and then
a lot of soft fruit also. I loved it from the time I was a child. I was the kind that loved my school and my
town. I guess maybe I am a rare breed because a
lot of people can just pick up and move and never miss their hometown. But I really loved the valley, and still would
love to go back there and live. We had Jonathans. They were my favorite apples, because they
were juicy. I loved them. Then we had Winesaps. I think this is what Dad pulled out. He kept the ten acres of the Delicious, our
best trees. We had thirty acres there. Part of that was in alfalfa that we kept. The rest was predominantly Delicious and then
Winesap, Yellow Transparent or Winter Bananas, and then the Jonathan. The Jonathan was a good eating apple.

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