Isaac George Hubbard was born in 1835 in Ashtabula, Ohio and was a "Carpetbagger" after the Civil War selling Seth Thomas clocks in the south. He came to Hillsboro by covered wagon in 1872. Later he purchased 80 acres on the southeast corner across the road from Barnstables and establishd a nursery (hedges, evergreens, berries and fruit trees). Source: The Sesquicentennial History of Nokomis, Montgomery County, Illinois 1856-2006"
From the Nokomis Centennial, Montgomery Co:
He was born in Ashtabula, Ohio, November 10, 1835 and came to Hillsboro in a covered wagon in 1872. He bought 80 acres 1-1/2 miles SE of Nokomis and established a nursery. He devoted his time to growing hedge, evergreens, berries and fruit trees. Mr. Hubbard developed the Champion Peach, which took prizes at the World's Fair in Chicago, in 1893. He raised and budded hundreds of trees each year making sure they were true to name.
All the children attended and were graduated from the Nokomis schools. The family were members of the St. Mark's Lutheran church where Mr. Hubbard was a deacon for several years. He passed away in Texas where he, Mrs. Hubbard, Iola and Alice had lived for a time. He is buried in Nokomis Cemetery.
The fruit from the Hubbard Peach Orchard was shipped in baskets, hauled to Nokomis or Oconee by wagon. Mr. Hubbard and Fred Price were the first to spray orchard trees in this locality.
February 27, 1891
The Champion Peach which originated at Nokomis, at the nursery of I.G. Hubbard appears to be getting a world-wide reputation. We observe a number of extracts from leading papers and testimonials with reference to this peach and as they come from high authority, it speaks well for Mr. Hubbard as a pomologist.
Points of superiority claimed for this variety of peach are hardiness and productiveness. It ripens early, is one of the largest and highly flavored early peaches and best shipper of early variety. It is a perfect freestone -- a rare thing among early peaches.
The peaches of New York By U. P. Hedrick, George Henry Howe, Orrin Morehouse Taylor, Charles Burton Tubergen, New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, New York:
Champion is a seedling of Oldmixon Free supposedly fertilized by Early York. The original seed was planted about 1880 by I. G. Hubbard, Nokomis, Illinois, and the variety was introduced by him and by the Dayton Star Nurseries in 1890.
Alice Mowbray Hubbard
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