Spring is one of my favorite seasons of the year here in Woodburn because it announces itself in bright, brilliant colors. I drive down Garfield Street and marvel at the beautiful blossoms on the flowering trees. All over town I see crocus, daffodils and magnolia in bloom. Al's runs a sale, and I go out to buy something new for my yard so that I have more color right now.
Historically, we have always been crazy about flowers. Settlemier set up his nursery, and he grew fruit trees which bloomed in the spring. He gave trees to many early settlers, and so we have streets that are lined with trees, and not just evergreens, but trees that blossom.
Florists didnt come along until later, as the early people felt they could grow their own, but in the 1940s and 1950s there were florists in town. One, Mr. Timm grew many plants himself, and he had a hobby of orchids. Greenhouses sprang up throughout the area, and new varieties of plants were developed here.
From the museum, I have included a picture of a field of gladioli (see right). It was taken some time in the 50s or 60s I believe. Of course, most of you are familiar with the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm run by the Iversons for the last 60 years (only about 30 years with the tulips), and I have included a picture of it (below right).
When the flowers were starting to be grown by the field full, it became necessary to plow the fields with something a little faster then the horse or mule pulling the plow. Many of the people who moved here to the Valley were fast to pick up on new things, and many of them had good imaginations, so there were many patents issued to people here who developed new things in their shops and barns.
The Sowa Machine Shop and the Remington Machine shop were only two who turned out machinery that aided the crops to get into the ground, and later aided the crops to be harvested. I have included a picture of one of the steam tractors (below left) with a plow that became very popular, and that you can see at Powerland in Brooks.
Following that of course, there was a need for companies to sell the machinery. World War II slowed down the industry, but once it was over, companies like Lennon Implements, Case, John Deere and Smith Implements sold tractors and combines, thrashers and big machinery of all kinds for farm work.
We are so very lucky to live where we can travel short distances and buy tulips, daffodils, hostas, miniature roses, iris, peonies and flowering trees of all kinds. Arent you glad your neighbors buy all those things and make our town so pretty?