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Watts, May Theilgaard

Arboretum Landscape Teaching Aid Series: Early Settlers Brought Roses

black marker, black ink, watercolor on illustration board
Digitization Status
34.8 cm W x 55.9 cm H (Item)
1 sheet
Date created
mid 20th century
Primarily textual teaching aid depicting Arboretum landscape. This material describes locations of sites where roses were obtained for the Old-Fashioned Rose Garden.

Header [framed by illustrations of rose bushes, one red and one pink]: Early Settlers Brought ROSES from the East often in covered wagons

Text and illustrations from top to bottom:
  • [Depicted in stylized scroll] The Record is in our Old-Fashioned Rose Garden / When this garden was started plants were obtained from old settlers near the Arboretum.
  • THREE OLD-TIMERS: [Illustration of three types of roses, from left to right]
    • Harrison's Yellow
    • moss rose
    • Cabbage rose
  • These three and other old-time roses were obtained from:
    • 1. The Jones Homestead in Warrenville, to which the Jones family came from New York State in 1845 in a covered wagon.
    • 2. The old Peaslee home in Naperville, to which the Peaslee family came, from West Virginia, 60 years ago.
    • 3. The Blanchard home in Wheaton. The roses were moved from Cincinnati, Ohio, to Galseburg, Illinois; then from Galesburg to Wheaton.
    • 4. The property given by President Jonathan Blanchard, first president of Wheaton College, in 1890, to his daughter.
    • 5. The oldest house in Wheaton, (corner of Naperville Rd. and Roosevelt) built by Warren Wheaton, who came from Connecticut in 1837, and built the house in 1847.
    • and others