Traverse City Record-Eagle


February 25, 2013

News from 100 Years Ago: 02/25/2013

n The Traverse City Fly Casting Club will this week plant the first allotment of 9,000 Brook Trout Fry in Bear Creek in Manistee County. This will be the earliest planting which has been supervised by the Club in some years and they are fortunate in securing a shipment, especially of trout, so early in the season. During the year, trout will be planted in nearly all of the small streams and rivers, including the Boardman and the Platte. Last year the Club planted in the neighborhood of a million fry in the streams and lakes in the vicinity and they expect to duplicate the record this year. While it will be impossible to secure as many trout spawn as is desired, the allotments of bass, pike and other lake fish will be plentiful and as soon as possible the planting of these fish will commence. The fish grow rapidly and the club is doing much toward keeping up the reputation which Traverse City enjoys for its fine bass and trout fishing and which annually draws a number of fisherman from all over the country.

n In some cities in the country, there is being organized a systematic campaign for the planting of shade trees along the streets in sufficient number to warrant the proper amount of shade in future years. This work could be carried out with good effect in Traverse City where there are many streets that are poorly supplied with trees and where the property owners do not seem to be disposed to plant any. There is nothing that adds to the beauty of a city in the summer time as an abundance of shade trees that are well cared for. Too many people set out trees and neglect to give them the proper amount of attention, with the result that they either die or become stunted, much to the detriment of the scenic beauty of the premises and street. A shade tree should be cared for with just as much attention as a fruit tree, for while it does not yield any fruit, it pays even greater dividends by furnishing shade in the long summer days and giving the premises upon which it is grown a cheerful appearance. Traverse City should have more shade trees of suitable kinds and the necessity is all the more apparent on account of the property owners having to cut down the old Carolina Poplars that were planted in the early days when little was known about the merits of shade trees. The chief beauty of the cities in the southern parts of the state are the rows of stately Elms and Maples that line the streets on both sides and because of their age have grown so large as to make a green arch over the streets when they are in full leaf. The same effect can be had in Traverse City in years to come if the trees are planted this spring and given sufficient care to develop them as they should be for future usefulness.

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