Saturday, July 13, 2013

June Serviceberry (aka Shad)


  1. Huzzah for Howard!

    I'm unfamiliar with service berries; they look pretty. Are they good to eat?

    Today is expected to be the 17th day over a hundred degrees (our local record is 21 days). But it's just a little over a hundred, and actually a little cool in the mornings.

    Driving to work this morning, I see that the corn (or maybe sorghum?) that was only an inch high and barely noticeable at a very low angle two weeks ago is now about ten inches high. Some of the alfalfa is being cut for the second time this year, and more of the grain that had been cut and drying has been baled--some even stacked. The harvesting of yellow and red onions as well as processor tomatoes has begun, and the cotton is in bloom.


    1. Sarvice berries are edible, and eaten, but very tiny. I always thought that only very hungry people would bother. . . . Sarvice is the local name around here. They're pretty much the first tree in bloom. Named because the ground had thawed enough to bury the winter's dead, and the traveling preachers were back at their rounds for the services. . . .

  2. A friends post on Johnny Dep and his plans to buy Wounded Knee and give it back to the owners, got me searching around the nets. Wounded Knee hit me like a truckload of bricks a few decades ago. Perhaps this has something to do with it. Knowing in the bone, so to speak. . . .

    ***The Yellow Creek Massacre was a brutal killing of several Mingos by Virginia frontiersmen on April 30, 1774 that was one of the main incidents that contributed to Lord Dunmore's War. It was carried out by a group led by Jacob and Daniel Greathouse. The perpetrators of this slaughter were never brought to justice.

    This incident was all the worse because Chief Logan was a good friend of the English-speaking settlers in the region. Chief Logan was away on a hunt but his wife Mellana, his brother Taylaynee (called John Petty by many English speakers), Taylaynee's son Molnah and his Logan's and Taylaynee's sister Koonay were among the slain. Koonay was also the wife of John Gibson a prominent trader between the English and various Native American groups who at the time of the massacre was on a trading expedition to the Shawnee.

    The Greathouse group lured the Mingo group under Taylaynee into their camp with a promise of liquor and sport. Then they sprung an ambush on the Mingos and shot them dead. After the killings many of the bodies were mutilated. In a particular brutal killing Jacob Greathouse ripped open Koonay's abdomen and removed and scalped her unborn son. The only member of the first group who was not killed was Koonay's two-year-old daughter who was eventually returned to the care of her father, John Gibson, after she had for a time been in the care of William Crawford.*** (wiki)

    Koonay was my many greats grandmother, as was the two-year-old, Polly Gibson.

    1. Family only discovered/documented this line last year. I knew about the massacre last year, but this is a lot more graphic.

  3. Hi Ho!

    I somehow never saw this thread today. Silly me (being the one who posted it! LOL!).

    Serviceberry is also known as Shad, here. The berries are larger than large blueberries, smaller than crabapples. They taste a bit tart (unless I never got a properly ripe one), but are edible and the birds here gobble them up faster than our blueberries! They are said to make excellent jam (if you can get to them before the birds do). :-)