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Cranefield, Frederic (ed.) / Wisconsin horticulture
Vol. I (September 1910/August 1911)

Wisconsin horticulture, vol. 1, no. 2: October, 1910,   pp. [1]-16 PDF (7.6 MB)


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October 1910 
WISCONSIN  HORTICULTURE 
   THE OCONOMOWOC MEETING 
   It really began last January when 
Member of the Executive Commit- 
tee from the Fifth District, H. C. 
Melcher arose in committee meeting 
and set forth the claims and the ad- 
vantages of Oconomowoc as a fit 
place for our Summer Meeting. 
  We were given assurance of a cor- 
dial welcome by Oconomowoc people 
and every last soul and sinner in the 
town and surrounding country turned 
out to help make good Melcher's 
promise. 
  Real downright horticultural eii- 
thusiasm   is not so thick around 
Oconomowoc but that it can be 
easily  penetrated, in  fact it was 
quite likely that many of the people 
who exerted themselves to make us 
at home really wondered all the time 
we were there what it was all about 
but they didn't allow it to interfere 
with their hospitality. 
  It was the "glad hand" from be- 
ginning to end and so sincere that 
we all went away with the determin- 
ation to come again some time on 
our own account. 
  Mayor Edgertoni was glad to see 
us,-he said so, and so were all tile 
other  officials not  excepting  the 
Chief of Police, tall hut not talka- 
tive, who met us at the train and 
was there again to see that we got 
out of town-safely. It is said that 
he spoke but once during the two 
days and that was when looking over 
the huge pile of choice   vegetables 
presented to him   by exhibitors le 
was   heard to say,-"Come again, 
next week." 
  We feel very kindly toward Ocon- 
omnowoc and all its good people and 
we only regretted that a few     La 
Crosse people were not there to learn 
a lesson in hospitality. 
  The program was carried out ex- 
actly as printed and without a skip 
or break. Mr. C. B. Whitnall of Mil- 
waukee, one-time gardener and flor- 
ist, now city treasurer, spoke of the 
city dweller and the city garden. If 
the Milwaukee Socialists are all like 
Mr..Whitnall we want to know more 
of them. Here are just a few of the 
thoughts: 
  "Our Indian didn't have a Horti- 
cultural Society. He didn't need one. 
He obeyed the dictates of nature, 
and nature makes horticulture a bus- 
iness. The so-called progress of civ- 
ilization appears to have been actu- 
ated by the desire to get something 
for nothing. This has forced a di- 
vision of labor with its consequent 
development-an occasional sacrifice 
of first one attribute to our well be- 
ing, then another, until now we have 
one-third of our population crowded 
into large cities, where deterioration 
is universal, where the third genera- 
tion of city born are more or less de- 
generate, where the race would be- 
come extinct were it not for new 
blood injected from fruit laden and 
floral decorated  environment. * * * 
The fundamental basis for a higher 
and better living, therefore, is the 
individual garden experience. It is 
really  astonishing  what   influence 
over a whole family can be acquired 
by getting the children interested in 
gardening a piece of ground twenty- 
five feet square. There is the eco- 
nomic value of such a garden-it is 
very attractive to housekeepers. Then 
the pleasurable exercise of all the 
faculties-there is no occupation that 
utilizes all your knowledge, be it 
much or little, like garden work. It 
is nature's laboratory that is sure to 
exercise your intelligence. The suc- 
cess of the garden necessitates the 
combined physical and mental exer- 
eise  under atmospheric   conditions 
that  builds  healthy   bodies. The 
school garden is by far more impor- 
tant than commercial trickery. Chil- 
dren take to it as natural as a duck 
to water. To punish a Iruant is like 
poisoning tn invalid. Gardening is 
the never-failing cure for truancy, 
because it fills a gap in our city life 
for which every soul yearns.    The 
garden is the only leverage that can 
lift the eitY dweller into normal ac- 
tivity." 
  G. W. Reigle.-Reigle of Madison 
read a 15 minute paper on "A City 
Man on a Small Fruit Farm" and 
for exactly 15 minutes held the at- 
tention of every one present. It was 
concise, pointed and sound. We ex- 
pect to give it entire in. an early is- 
sue. The situation was summarized 
in the following Reigleisms: 
  1. "In middle life, without capi- 
tal, do not leave a good city business 
for an uncertainty on any farm." 
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  2. "If you feel you are lacking in 
initiative do not leave a salaried po- 
sition for the farm. Initiative means 
the ability to do the right thing at 
the right time without being told." 
  Cor. 1. a. Let the sissy sizzle in 
silence in the sickly city. 
  3. "My city neighbor, if you have 
t)rains, the fruit farm offers you the 
grandest opportunity of your life 
to exercise them, bringing to you 
commensurate returns." 
  4. "There is easy   money raising 
fruit, affording a delightful occupa- 
tion, a table with most wholesome 
food and brings you in personal con- 
tact with the best families." 
  5. "Many a laborer inl factories, 
stores and mills has prolonged his life 
ten to fifteen years by moving onto 
the land where the virtues of out-door 
exercise have wrought their miracles 
of healing." 
  (3. "We need more horticulturists in 
the field and fewer make-believe hor- 
ticulturists in real-estate offices." 
1 7. "Horticulture is the most health- 
ful, the most useful, and the most 
nohle employment of man." 
  Every one wiis pleased to meet Mr. 
A. L. Hatch, in fact of late years 
few of us have had the privilege. His 
talk on the opportunities for city- 
bred people in Door Co., left no doubt 
in the minds of his hearers that the 
right kind of man should be able to 
"make good" at Sturgeon     Bay re- 
gardless of race, color or previous 
conditions of servitude.  We quote 
only his closing words: 
  "Among those now engaged in ac- 
tual or prospective fruit culture at 
Sturgeon Bay we have sailors, doc- 
tors, Irinters, clerks, tailors, univer- 
sity students and graduates, farm- 
ers, teamsters, engineers, barbers and 
carpenters, as well us fishermen and 
farmers. With such a wide repre- 
sentation among the various trades 
and professions the city man should 
find encouragement to believe that 
he too might join the ranks of the 
prosperous, under   conditions  that 
make life well worth living." 
  Ward B. Davis of Oshkosh was not 
at all certain that any and every 
city man could make a success of 
market gardening. His idea of the 
proper combination was a strong, en- 
ergetic man that has saved about 


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