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Northern Wisconsin Agricultural and Mechanical Association / Transactions of the Northern Wisconsin Agricultural and Mechanical Association, including a full report of the industrial convention held at Neenah, Wisconsin, February, 1886. Together with proceedings of the Association for 1884, to January 1, '86
Vol. XI (1886)

Huxley, H. E.
Organization for farmers a necessity,   pp. 173-185 PDF (2.8 MB)

Page 173

Mr. Huxley read a paper entitled: Organization for
Farmers a Necessity.
The world's history at the present time presents a vast
combination of interests invested with the power and pur-
pose of self-protection - each seeking the advantage of as-
sociated effort and the most thorough methods are devised
to secure their greatest welfare. The most powerful influ-
ence in a state or nation is the degree of education to which
its people have attained.
While the great interests of agriculture should be fore-
most among the industrial interests of the country, they
are and ever have been far behind; although every industry
is practically dependent upon the tiller of the soil.
We live in a day and age of progress. Education is the
key to success, it is the only sure foundation for national
greatness; the very essence of a free government for a free
people. To educate and elevate should be the crowning
glory of every good citizen. The laws and institutions un-
der which we live have a right to ask and expect our active
efforts for the general gooI of the community in which we
As individuals singly and alone, we can accomplish but
very little. Thus the history of the world has proved the
necessity of organization. It has ever been the foundation
of all progress. Very little has ever been accomplished since
the world began without some form of organization. It is
contrary to the very nature of things for a single individual
in any capacity or vocation to even live without to a greater
or less extent uniting his efforts with others. The great
Master of the universe never designated nor intended that
any mortal should live for himself alone. Our domestic,
social, moral, intellectual and all our relations depend upon
co-operation. All branches of business are based upon and
sustained by this great system of co-operative effort.
The farmer, the manufacturer, the miner, the mechanic,
the laborer, all, are dependent upon the other, and must co-

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