Prune picker

This is the blog site of an old man. As a native Californian I call myself a prune picker. I live in a fifth wheel trailer. My front door is 25 steps from my daughter’s front door in the Piney Woods of North Louisiana. My blogs are often silly and or trivial, and some times educational and serious. I hope that some are interesting. None are long.

Preparing these blogs seems to fill a need in my life. I am compelled to do it. It helps fill the time until I die. It gives me something to do everyday.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Thomas Volney Munson

Thomas Volney Munson, or TV to his friends is a distant cousin of mine who is famous in the history of Texas grape husbandry. He was born at Astoria, Illinois in 1843. He earned BS and a MS degrees in Natural Science from the University of Kentucky. He taught at the University for one year. Then poor health caused him to go into the nursery business. He moved his business to Denison, Texas. He devoted the rest of his life to grape research. In 1883 France awarded him the Legion of Honor for saving the French grape industry. He found a treatment for a root problem. So there is a touch of Munson in every bottle of French wine!

In 1988 the T.V. Munson Memorial Vineyard and Vitaculture-Ecology Center was dedicated at the Grayson County College in Denison, Texas.

He was a freethinker and wrote his own eulogy that was read at his funeral in 1913.

He is worth a google.

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