December 05, 2016
December 5, 1854. "Through Wells, Fargo & Co's Express," the Sacramento Union recorded, "we were favored recipients of a bowl filled to the rim with the handsomest and largest strawberries we have ever seen in these state." Wells Fargo banker Reuben W. Washburn produced these choice delicacies at his Shell Mound Nursery in Alameda. "A single strawberry picked from the generous pile before us measures 3.75 inches in circumference." Proclaiming California superiority to Easterners stuck in the midst of icy winter, the journalist added, "They were all plucked on the 3rd of December, which fact will probably somewhat astound our Baltimore and Cincinnati readers, who are in the same latitude with Alameda."