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Jepson Field Book volume 66 page 80 | University and Jepson Herbaria Archives, University of California, Berkeley

Jepson Field Book volume 66 page 80
The Small Animals -cf. The Berkeley Hills (notebook) p. 37. Cf. p. 15 ante.  Illustrations: All features of the old life at Little Oak. The various orchard trees in bloom, etc. The wheat; see cover of Farmer_s Bulletin No. 1902 (Varieties of Spring Wheat for the North Central States)  In the earliest days that I remember the Justice of the Peace of the township of Vacaville was always called _Squire,_ after the ancient English custom. I remember Squire Gray, an ancient worthy. After him was Squire Ward ? who held court in his homes repair shop set well back of village street on the north side. Ammons [?], I think Henry, may have been a squire also. He was a notary.  Mortgages Sixty years mortgage on the Faree place. Tommy Faree a hard worker. He walks to the village of an evening to Odd Fellow meeting to save his horses.    ::::::::: The Small Plants In the spring-time the grass grew rankly in the yards about the houses. Soon it was cut down and when the dry summer came its place was taken by Doar Grass, which wasn_t a grass at all but a lowly plant that spread a carpet of pale green over all the yard. We allowed it to grow; it was cool to the eye and in our dry land where water was so scarce it relieved the straw-white of tan-color of the fields and hills. -everywhere the landscape was dazzling under the white-hot sun. We called this lowly plant by the name Yard Grass. Associating always with man about his dwellings it went under a variety of names, such as Doar Grass, Beggar Weed, Armstrong, Wire Grass and Iron Grass. It is Polygonum aviculare as named by the great Linnaeus.
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