He was an outstanding gardener who crossbred asparagus, domesticating it and improving its quality. He studied the nature of the plant, determining its food and soil needs, and its diseases. At one time Streator was the only place you could obtain edible asparagus. At a time when the great asparagus plague moved across the country, he managed to immunize his own beds by inoculating them with seeds of plants already infected. This saved his plants, while other perished. He also developed "bib lettuce" and invented the portable greenhouse. His fields were where Engle Lane Theatre now stands.
-Riverview Cemetery: A self guided tour, 2nd ed. p 15.
Constance Kline Engle (1900 - 1986)*
Plot: Block 33 Row 12
GPS (lat/lon): 41.12372, -88.852
Created by: Timothy M. Coplin
Record added: Nov 25, 2008
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