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February 15

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GOOD JOB Industry people Wrong arrival date in the news. I For the full stories, Molesworth is named king B ryce Molesworth, a Bryce Molesworth Mosier, Oregon, cherry grower, was crowned the Cherry Institute���s 69th Cherry King in recognition of his dedication to the Northwest cherry industry. Presenting the award, Tim Smith, the retiring Cherry King, said Molesworth has a passion for the cherry industry and a long history of industry service. Molesworth has served on the Oregon Sweet Cherry Commission for 14 years and chaired it for almost 10 years and has served as chair of the National Cherry Growers and Industries Foundation. He is on the research committee of the Columbia Gorge Fruit Growers and has been a vocal supporter of the concept that the cherry-producing states in the Northwest remain open to working together on research, technology, and market development. Molesworth grew up in The Dalles, Oregon, where he worked in his father���s cherry orchard at Mosier during 6 FEBRUARY 15, 2013 GOOD FRUIT GROWER photo by geraldine warner go to www.good n the article ���Paternity test implicates Napoleon��� in the January 1 issue of Good Fruit Grower, the date that nursery pioneer Henderson Luelling arrived in Oregon was incorrect. Luelling migrated from Iowa to Oregon���s Willamette Valley in 1847, a century earlier than stated. Good Fruit Grower regrets the error. from rolling barrels to running the night crew and working as a field horticulturist in La Grande during harvest. He also Last year���s Cherry King, WSU Extension educator Tim Smith, learned about the art of brining cherries. center, crowns the new king, Bryce Molesworth, left. B.J. In 1983, Molesworth partnered with Thurlby, right, president of Northwest Cherry Growers, Arin Williams to found the brining busiassists. ness Columbia Cherry Company. He also is a partner with his son Darin in Brass school vacations. Not intending to be a farmer, he attended Ring Orchards LLC, where they grow 14 different varieties Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon, then transferred of cherries on about 200 acres. to the University of Oregon to study architecture. It was Molesworth serves on the Wasco County Soil and there that he met his wife, Allene. Water Conservation District and has served on the Wasco In 1963, he decided to return to Mosier to help his County Weed Board. father manage their cherry orchard, where he enjoyed the In 2006, he posed, wearing nothing but his shoes, for a thrill, uncertainty, and uniqueness of each season. calendar featuring 12 local cherry growers working nude, Smith said Molesworth was known to say, ���This is a which was a fundraiser for the Mosier Community crazy business���. Growing cherries is like playing stud School. Molesworth said at the time that though driving poker, but you can���t fold.��� his tractor with no clothes on was fun, it was ���probably Several years later, at the age of 28, he bought his first not going to be an everyday occurrence.��� cherry orchard and supplemented his income by working The selection of the Cherry King is done through a for Stadelman Fruit Company in The Dalles. He moved secret nomination process by previous cherry royalty.

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