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HATCH, ISAAC (1847-1914) MONTEREY (SAN CARLOS CEM) (Santa Cruz Surf Sept. 5, 1885)

 Experimental Cotton Culture “For de yam will grow and de cotton blow And we’ll had de rice and corn.” We were much interested this week in a visit to the experimental garden cultivated by I.C. Hatch and located in the grounds of S.W. Field, on Locust street (bluff). Mr. Hatch, who has formerly resided in the Southern States, was deeply imbued with the belief that cotton and rice could be successfully cultivated in this country. To demonstrate that his faith was well founded he secured a small plat of land on the premises of Mr. Field on the bluff and has devoted leisure hours this season to “cotton growing.” The present appearance of the “crop” certainly justifies the confidence of the grower. He has several hundred thrifty cotton plants which give promise of maturing a good quantity of cotton. o Much of the “field” is now in blossom and the sight is for this section a very novel and interesting one. The cotton plant looks like cotton and nothing else, although in color of stalk and leaf in its earlier stages it bears a slight resemblance to buckwheat. The blossom on opening day is of a creamy white, changing to a pin on the second day, and withers on the third day. Present appearances are that the seed plants will produce from twelve to twenty bolls each, an average which Mr. Hatch estimates would yield a bale to the acre (500 pounds) of cotton. His experiment includes the long staple, the short staple and the sea island cotton. To determine which variety would be best adapted to this section would require further experiment but one thing is certain they will all grow. 

Mr. Hatch is also experiment with several southern trees and plants. He has secured a fine stand of upland rice which grows as if spontaneous from the soil. Although’ deservedly pleased with the success of his garden there is nothing Mr. Hatch takes more delight in exhibiting to visitors than an ordinary box under the shade of a friendly tree which contains half a dozen live coffee plants from seed all the way from Costa Rica. The aroma of these plants is not very perceptible at present and the ragged looking little beans persist in growing wrong end up, just like the original Boston bean, but still the prospect is good that they will justify the care of their foster father and come out all right in the Spring. Further developments of Mr. Hatch’s experiment will be watched with interest.

HATCH, ISAAC (1847-1914) MONTEREY (SAN CARLOS CEM) (Monterey Daily Cypress August 1, 1914) 
Pioneer Resident In Eternal Sleep 

Isaac Hatch Passes Away at His Late Home in Monterey Isaac hatch, a pioneer resident of Monterey, died at his home at 319 Pacific street at 2:30 o’clock yesterday afternoon. Deceased was a native of Wisconsin, had lived in this county for 40 years , and in the city of Monterey for the past eight years. 

He was born January 28, 1847 and was 67 years old. The funeral will be held from the Freeman Undertaking Parlors tomorrow and will be under the auspices of the G.A.R. (Salinas and San Francisco papers please copy)

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Researched and Compiled by : Timothy P. Reese, PCC of Salinas , CA. & Robert L. Nelson ,PCC. of Santa Cruz.CA. Both members of the “Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War”. Department of California & Pacific. Camp Abraham Lincoln # 10. The Reese-Nelson CWV-MC Data Base