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Michigan's Apple King

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The Chicago Herald bas the following complimeatary notico of one of Ann Arbor's oíd residents and a man well known in this city: "David Heuning, "the Michigan Apple King" has a face as fine as a woman's althongh a man who began as a journeymau cooper. He keeps moving so constantly between bere and Ann Arbor, Mich., tbat it is hard now to tell which is bis borne, but he got bis eobriquet in tlie university town. In figure he is very like the late Vice-president Hendricks, and be has the same sort of clean-cut, classic features that the dead Indianian bad. The "Michigan Apple King" is the most distiuguished man in bis line m the world, fully as pre-eminent as tliose otber kings in tbeir domains - Pbil Armour in pork, or old man Arnold in coffoe, or old man Spreckles in sugar. Nobody but David Henning ever handled in a single year 100,000 barrels of apples. He bas bought and distributed is high as 125,000 barrels. It is all done too, wilhin the three fall months. In the winter he is down bere selling the barrels he makes at bis big Michigan oooperage faetones. In the fall he Bcatters his trained buyers all over Michigan and down through New York state as far east as the fruit grows in good supply. Just as soon as 150 barrels are gotten together at a station tbey are shipped to Chicago, the whole business being done on a carefully devised system. Agenta are given printed slips of instruction governing buying, sorting, s hipping, drawing for funds. Just as soon as the appes are received at Chicago they are sold. The "Apple King" does not attempt to "job" out the fruit. He simply strips the orchards of the great apple states and ships to Chicago. The old time "apple kings" went broke tryiug to handle the fruit all the way from the orohards to the consumer. Henning took warning. He has not a care on bis shouldera in these winter months. The hundred thousand barrels of apples he gathers are being carried now by a score or more of the big jobbers, some of whom have 5,000 and even 10,000 barrels in tkeir warehouses. Up to ten years ago New York and Boston were the big apple markets. Now neither of them approach any where near Chicago, while Brown, the big buyer of Boston and Kimball, the big margin New York, who used to struggle for the supremaoy are neither of them to be compared in rank with David Henning. The old gentleman talks learnedly and interestingly of his business. He tells how he learnec the tastes of the whole continent in the matter of apples, even discovering tha the negroep of the south were intensely fond of the Pennuck, great bigshowy ap pies, that until his discovery nobody liae been able to give away. The opinión o this autbority, who has bought and sok more apples than anybody else alive, ii that tbe New York greening, for an al around apple, beats anything that grows on a tree."


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Ann Arbor Democrat