The land is owned by my wife’s Grandma (who is 82), in a small town called Custer, MI. It is 121 acres, used to be about twice that. I’ve put some work out there the last couple years. Along the way I discovered some things.
First this is the land deed signed by President Chester A Aurthur between 1881-1885.
This is a picture of my wifes 2x Great Grampa James in the 1900s.
This is his orchard on this land planted in the 1890s however this picture is taking in the 1920s.
There are 3 sole survivors of this orchard which stand adjacent to the original homestead.
First here is the homestead which still stands proud today.
Here is the first tree, this one is in the worst shape but still stands and produces fruit, some sort of russet?
Then there is this red blushed/striped variety. This one from looks will live the longest as the trunk isn’t decaying as of yet.
Last but not least the green apple.
All of these have been grafted on to new stock and are currently growing in my home nursery to be transplanted there at a later date. Amazing.