|Coming out of the Bois d'arc thicket in Red River County.|
My husband and I were coming back from a wonderful book event at Her Majesty's English Tea Room in Dunlap, Illinois when he exclaimed, "Look! There's a hedgerow!"
Like sentries lined up to protect their borders, the survivors of original bois d'arc hedge planted in the early part of the eighteen hundreds testified that Herny Buckmeyer's seeds had accomplished their purpose!
On the other hand, if one planted bois d'arc seed, in the second year, he'd have an almost impenetrable barrier. By year three, steady topping off his trees, an impassable hedge rewarded his efforts. That's what made Henry's trade so profitable! Pioneers came by the droves to the plains of Missouri, Nebraska, and Kansas. Wood became such a premium! There were houses and barns to build! Bois d'arc hedges saved the day, serving as fencing!
Barbed wire resembled new growth bois d'arc, and actually killed the horse apple trade--or hedge apple, depending on which state you're from. By then though, my hero had seen the handwriting on the wall and moved into more lucrative endeavors such as transportation, stagecoaches then trains.
Still, coming through Missouri on our recent trip proved fun, seeing the real live evidence of Henry's entrepreneurship! See? Those old biddy town gossips did not know what they were talking about at all when they dissed poor Henry. A good man, he proved himself strong and intelligent--honest almost to a fault as his heroine Susannah Baylor soon discovered upon hiring him.
SO, I want to GIVE a gift on my celebration day :) I'll send a print copy of VOW UNBROKEN--the first book of the Texas Romance family saga series set in Red River County in 1832--to one of the commenters here on this Sweet Americana Sweethearts' blog post!
Y'all be blessed
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