Once upon a time

First florist - This photo in Sandy Williams' book, "Images of America - Hinsdale," is of Fred Morris. "Englishman Fred Morris established Morris Florists in 1894. Shown about 1907 in the greenhouse near his home at Hickory and Grant streets, Morris produced shrubs, vegetables and herbs as well as flowers. When the government encouraged victory gardens during the war, Morris volunteered to teach residents proper planting methods."