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July 18, 2006 > Fremont Eagle Scouts Live Up To Their Motto

Fremont Eagle Scouts Live Up To Their Motto

by Arnie Becker

The Eagle Scouts of Fremont, Troop 143, have come to the aid of the City of Fremont by completing two projects that will help keep Fremont beautiful and accessible to its citizens in spite of a shortfall in the City's finances during the past tough economic times. The first project, a total inventory of the California Nursery Historic Park was supported by Park Superintendent Kyle Kramer. The Scouts, under the guidance of Andrew Parker, a senior at Kennedy High School, finished the inventory of all of the trees in the Nursery in 100 hours of hard work. The last inventory was taken in the early 1970's by Professor Lesser of U.C. Davis.

Parker's crew of nine scouts has mapped out all of the existing trees on blue prints and placed ID tags on many of these trees for the enjoyment of current and future generations. The City will use the blueprints to map out a park that visitors can use to study and enjoy the educational resource soon to be available to the general public. Each of the scouts that helped Parker's crew received their Forestry Merit Badge for their efforts and Parker fulfilled the requirements for his service project as an Eagle Scout.

Parker said that "he likes trees and working with nature but is not sure that this is the direction that he will take in college".

The California Nursery Company was started in San Jose in 1865 by Johann Feis who was born at Lauterbach, Oberhessen, Germany August 19, 1836. He changed his name to John Rock once he came to New York at the age of 16. At the close of the Civil War John Rock arrived in California and worked for James Lick in Santa Clara as a gardener.

John Rock's nursery in Santa Clara was growing and in 1884 the nursery was moved to its present location in Fremont, consisting of approximately 750 acres, just north of the community of Niles. In 1917 George C. Roeding, Sr., purchased the California Nursery Company and he was instrumental in supporting the beginnings of the fig, olive and raisin industries in California. The Roedings operated the California Nursery Company until its demise in the early 1970's. The once square mile nursery is now only 20 acres, owned by the City of Fremont.

The second project undertaken by the Eagle Scouts was to plant various palm trees and a prized South American flowering silk floss tree at the intersection of Blacow and Royal Palm in Fremont. The purpose of this project was to turn a well worn traffic island into a tropical paradise for all citizens to enjoy.

This project was supported by Park Supervisor Gloria Reta; Medians and Right of Way Park Field Supervisor John Hal and Tony Conner.

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