1868 - Concerning a monster vine which is growing near Santa Barbara, on the southern coast of California, the story is substantially as follows:
A Spanish girl, having ridden her mule a day's journey with a grape cane for a switch, took a fancy on her arrival home to stick it into the ground to see if it would grow. It did grow, and was allowed to extend itself without pruning. A few years ago, when she had attained a green old age, and the vine covered an acre of ground, a petition in her behalf was presented to Congress, and securing the passage of an act confirming to her the title to a qurter-section of [sic] of public land on which it stood. The annual yield was then put at eight thousand pounds; and according to a recent visitor the crop now upon it is estimated at ten thousand pounds.
St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
October 17, 1868