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Wisconsin Dairymen's Association / Thirty-second annual report of the Wisconsin Dairymen's Association : held at Platteville, Wis., February 10, 11 and 12, 1904. Report of the proceedings, annual address of the president, and interesting essays and discussions relating to the dairy interests
(1904)

Baer, U. S.
Needs of the southwestern Wisconsin cheese industry,   pp. 83-89 PDF (1.5 MB)


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Wicwzin. Dairyvmtes Association. 
NEEDS OF THE SOUTHWESTERN WISCONSIN 
CHEIE SE INDUSTRY. 
IT. S. Baer, Madison. 
Mr. President, Ladies and Gentlemen of the Convention- 
This is not a job of my seeking. I have seen too much of this 
world to go looking for trouble. Long ago I quit putting chips 
on my shoulders as bluff games. But as a member of this great 
Association, I dare not refuse to try to perform any duty which 
your respected and honored Secretary places upon me--that is 
why I appear before you. 
Less than a generation ago the southern and soutihwestern 
portion of this state was given over to an industry, which in, its 
glittering prospects of wealth, lured the venturesome spirit 
from all portions of the globe, and the click of the drill, the 
boom of the blast, and the hustling activity of a mining town 
all told of the feverish industry that permeated the time. For- 
tunes were made and unmade in an incredibly short length of 
time, by a lucky or unlucky strike, as the case might be. But 
* the years have slipped by and the ever-changing hand of der- 
tiny has transformed the scene. Instead of the jigs, smelters 
and refineries, we have the factories and farms, the cheese vats 
and the churns, which are producing the revenues of this coun- 
try, and the Babcock test, instead of the assay, determines the 
wealtdr of the productL. 
Yet a little whil* with the same devastation of the magnifi- 
cent forests of Wisconsin, and our lumber kiDgsi will be no 
more, and left behind all through the northern and central por- 
tion of Wisconsin will be a pathway strewn with a range of 
stumps, left bleaching in the summer sun; to be transformed 
into meadow and pasture lands teeming with flocks and herds. 
A landscape to be dotted-with creameries and cheese factories 
and from abandoned lumber camps and former tiniber districts 
are to abound prosperous farms and homes, with the advantages 
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