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Hoover-Minthorn Pear

Posted on: September 24th, 2011 by Madeline MacGregor in Heritage Tree Details | 4 Comments

Pyrus communis

Called a Winter Nelis, or Winter Pear, this tree was planted in 1879 by Jesse Edwards, the Quaker founder of Newberg. This property was sold in 1884 to Dr. Henry John Minthorn, uncle and foster father of Herbert Hoover.

When the 11 year old Hoover arrived here from Iowa in 1885 to live with his uncle John Minthorn and family, he joined in the task of making pear butter and was told that he could eat as many pears as he liked. His experience with pears is best expressed by his own words, “I liked them, but after two days of almost exclusive pear diet, I did not eat pears again for years.” Herbert Hoover went on to become the 31st President of the United States.

Tree Facts

  • Approx. height: 30′
  • Planted in: 1879
  • Circumference: 4′ 7″
  • Dedicated on: August 10, 2005
  • Crown: 27′ – 28′

Visit this tree

The tree is located on the north side of the Hoover-Minthorn House Museum grounds, at 115 S. River Street in Newberg.



Madeline MacGregor

- Comment left on: April 20th, 2016 at 1:30 pm

Thanks for the heads up Brian! Sounds like a great road trip.

Mark Moffenbier

- Comment left on: August 22nd, 2016 at 9:08 am

I have had the pleasure of doing volunteer work in the gardens of the Zimmerman Family Farm in Gresham, Oregon There is a ” Pound Pear tree” that was planted in or around 1874 when the farm was a working dairy . This historical site is part of the non profit organization ECHO or East County Historical Organization.
Would this particular tree be considered in the “oldest ” of this species category ??

Madeline MacGregor

- Comment left on: August 29th, 2016 at 3:18 pm

Sounds like great work Mark. Did you work harvesting pears?

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