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Wisconsin State Horticultural Society / The Wisconsin horticulturist
Vol. IV, No. 5 (July 1899)

Stark, Frank
How shall we induce young men to join the state society?,   pp. 24-27 PDF (1.1 MB)

Merrill, S. R.
Paper read at the summer meeting,   pp. 27-30 PDF (1.1 MB)

Page 27

or not. For a novelty I set out a high bush cranberry bush.
It looked last winter as though something had tried to
climb it. It has since died. Couldn't stand the climb it.
I might go on telling my experiences and failures but
they are so far behind that they would be of use to no one.
I know that I have been materially benefitted by belonging
to this organization. My horticultural horizon has been
broadened very visibly.
There is this that can be done to induce young men to
join the State Society. If they are interested in horticul-
ture or beautiful nature, invite them to attend your meet-
ings, give them the glad hand and if they remain awake
during sessions they will certainly come again. Above all
give them the glad hand. This rule does not apply to the
young ladies.
By S. R. Merrill of Appleton, Wis.
A short time since I received a letter from Secretary
Philips asking me to write a paper for this meeting. I
was very much surprised that he should ask such a thing
of me. I tried this one and that one, but all refused, even
to my good wife, who had never failed me before in any
emergency, but she, like the rest, utterly refused to help
me out in this. I remembered reading in the Shiocton
News of Secretary Philips filling the pulpit of the Congre-
gational church very acceptably; from that I took courage.
I have never attended one of your midsummer meetings
and therefore am not posted in your method of procedure.
One year ago when you met at Appleton I was unfortu-
nately away from home, in Kansas. I was deprived of the
pleasure of meeting with you and helping to entertain you
and also of the benefits of the meeting which I have heard
spoken of very highly from everyone who attended. I was

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