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Wisconsin Dairymen's Association / Thirty-first annual report of the Wisconsin Dairymen's Association : held at Fond du Lac, Wis., February 11, 12 and 13, 1903. Report of the proceedings, annual address of the president, and interesting essays and discussions relating to the dairy interests

Cobb, Euclid N.
Address,   pp. 139-145 PDF (1.7 MB)

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froni that time I have always felt really that I wu a Wisconsin 
manL and I often have a sort of a hovmesick feeing. To iflu& 
trate this I will just tell you a little circumstane  I went West 
and lost several years of my best manhood out there having run 
against grasshoppers and droughts and all te thinp they have 
out there. While we were out there, we used to be reduced to 
about the last thing in the house, and wife and I would sit by 
the fire and wonder what they were doing in the.east. And a 
Jump would come up in my throat and we would resolve to come 
back, and after one winter we did come bac. We had a cow 
and she was a good one, at least mnx wife said her milk was rich, - 
and I don't doubt but what it was. We had no Babcock test 
at that time to go by, but it came to the time when I said to my 
wife, "We have got to sell the cow, we have nothing to feed 
her." That cow had a habit of sucking herself and we had her 
harnessed, so when I said that to mv wife, she said, "Go out and 
take the harness off the cow and let her suck hesf."  But 
finally I had to sell her to pay my taxes. 
I have been doing a good deal of work down in Moniouth for 
the last few years, and I have learned a few things and I am 
going to talk along the lines of education on the farnm We have 
had education for boys and girls at the University, but perhaps 
a great many of them are in the position that I was in, their- 
parents not able to send their boys to the Agricultural 
I have here a picture of my first wife and myself and the 
children and this picture explains something of our sstem of 
education on the farm. 
When I found that I was going to follow the occupation that 
my father had followed before mie I also found that I wanted 
to know something about mv business. In my bin we bad no 
agricultural college reallv. I was brought up on a farm and 
when I lived on a farm down here in Wauka county my 
greatest ambition was not to work on a farm, but to be a aection 
band on a railroad. In those days we worked fron early to 
late; recreation was something we had very little of. 
Now, while I tell you about our operatione and my methods- 
I might as well say "rnr" methods, beuase withot the aid of 
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