I was following threads on persimmons. We have a small Orchard, so I am constantly doing more research. We also have some very large Chest nut trees that were spared from the blight. They are located in 2 neighboring counties.
I found Dr Smiths obit. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=120299573
. Quite interesting.
I wish I COULD VISIT WHATEVER IS LEFT of his gardens/Orchards. Man ahead of his time.