|Montana advertised its apples and orchard produce extensively. These early 1900s labels were reproduced in |
Good Fruit Grower magazine, April 2010.
Two trees at St. Mary’s Mission in Stevensville are believed to be the valley’s oldest surviving apple trees. Both are listed on the National Register of Historic Places as part of St. Mary’s Mission Historic District. Father Ravalli’s surviving crab apple tree dates to 1869 and serves as a reminder of the agricultural skills the Jesuits brought to the valley. Its aged trunk still puts forth shoots, and its buds, grafted onto rootstock, have produced numerous offspring. The other, a Wolf River apple tree, dates to circa 1870.
|Father Ravalli's crab apple tree, planted in 1869 at St. Mary's Mission, still puts out shoots. Ellen Baumler photo.|