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Herman Jaeger - Neosho, MO
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.
N 36° 52.217 W 094° 22.330
15S E 377699 N 4081361
Quick Description: This pathway honors some of Neosho's outstanding citizens
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 3/26/2014 9:51:38 AM
Waymark Code: WMKDK0
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member NCDaywalker
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Long Description:

County of marker: Newton County
Location of marker: W. Spring St., Pathway-To-Outstanding-Citizens, Big Spring Park, Neosho
Died: May 1895
Buried: Unknown
Note written to his wife: "When you read these lines, I will be alive no more" and making it clear his body would never be found. He signed the letter 'your unlucky Hermann'".

Marker Text:
Herman Jaeger, a Swiss immigrant, settled in Neosho in 1865 and started a vineyard. He located superior wild grapes in the area. Some of these local disease resistant varieties he sent to France in the 1870's. They were used to replenish the French vineyards which had been infected by a grape louse. In 1889, he was awarded the French Legion of Honor.

"Hermann Jaeger (born March 23, 1844), a native of Switzerland, was a celebrated enologist, honored as a Chevalier of the Ordre National du Mérite Agricole for his part in saving the French wine industry from the phylloxera root louse pest.

"Intelligent and proficient in several languages, Hermann Jaeger worked to breed over 100 new varieties of grapes, many of which came from wild Ozarks grapes - grapes commonly called "possum grapes". He also became the first grower in the Western world to spray vines to control fungal disease. He readily communicated with other grape experts around the world, sharing information about his work and learning from the works of others. He also wrote articles for scientific and grape journals, explaining the mysteries of grapes and his work on his farm.

"After the spectacular success of Missouri wines at the Vienna World Fair of 1851, taking 8 of the 12 medals on offer, the French responded by importing Norton / Cynthiana rootstocks from the USA, and unwittingly introducing phylloxera, which then ravaged the vineyards of France, Spain, and Portugal during the 1870s. Jaeger, working with the Missouri state entomologist George Hussman, had already raised vines with resistance to the pest; he exported 17 boxcars of the resistant rootstock to France, which was to prove the salvation of the European wine industry. In 1893, for his contribution to the grape and wine industries of France, Jaeger was made Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur. Jaeger also made a lasting contribution to viticulture through his selection Jaeger 70, which is an ancestor of many of today's hybrid grapes.

"On 16 May 1895, Hermann Jaeger bade farewell to his wife and children, telling them he was returning to Neosho to address legal matters. He was never seen by his family again. Several days later, his wife received a letter from him postmarked Kansas City, 157 miles away. Written in German, the letter read 'When you read these lines, I will be alive no more' and making it clear his body would never be found. He signed the letter 'your unlucky Hermann'. ~ Wikipedia

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