W9863l TO MATT BROMAN from his associate, T.B. McQuesten
Jul 21 1942
To: Matt Broman, Niagara Falls, Ontario.
From: T.B. McQuesten
[ONTARIO CREST - shield and animals]
C. Ellison Kaumeyer
NIAGARA PARKS COMMISSION
Toronto, July 21, 1942.
K.M. Broman, Esq.,1,2
Niagara Parks Commission,
Niagara Falls, Ontario.
I am enclosing a letter from the Toronto Globe. The writer is a notorious old liar, but I am quite interested in these trees and he says they will grow.
The Persimmon Tree Will Grow in Canada
To the Editor of the Globe and Mail. Many of us are interested in any new food-plant bred or discovered that will grow here. Two such plants, or rather trees, are the persimmon and the ju-jube. I doubt that there is a tree with such a range as the Jujube (Zizyphus jujube), as I am growing the tender varieties on my Florida fifteen experimental acres as well as here with the hardy variety.
After searching for thirty years I found two specimens of persimmon that are quite hardy here. One I found in Shaw's Aquatic Gardens at Kenilworth, D.C.. The other in the experimental grounds of the late Dr. George A. Zimmerman at Piketown, Pennsylvania. The persimmons I have been growing for four years and the jujubes for three years. I will send a sufficient number of both these trees to Vineland for further experiment.
George Hebden Corsan,
1 Matt Broman worked very closely with Thomas B. McQuesten on many of his projects in Hamilton and in Niagara. There is a plaque commemorating Matt Broman's work at the RBG near the Thomas B. McQuesten High Level Bridge. There is also a small lookout park named after him on the brow overlooking King's Forest Park in Hamilton. The series of letters beginning with "986" are all part of the Broman collection.
For more information on T.B. McQuesten see his biography.
2 This document was originally numbered 986.1.059 but has been renumbered for cataloguing purposes.