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Wisconsin State Horticultural Society / The Wisconsin horticulturist
Vol. VII, No. 6 (August 1902)

Menn, J. J.
Success or failures of commercial orcharding in western and northern Wisconsin,   pp. [1]-7 PDF (1.8 MB)

Hager, W. S.
Success and failures of amateurs in orcharding,   pp. 7-8 PDF (515.8 KB)

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fallen like a proverbial stick of the exhausted rocket. Work-just 
good, plain, old fashioned, honest, persistent, intelligent work-wins 
its welcome way. Time tests all things, it tests success, separates 
and winnows out the sturdy wheat from the useless flying chaff. 
Genuine success, honestly earned by the step route, is a legitimate 
source of pride. 
W. S. HBousG, West De Pere, Wis. 
Success and failure are relative terms. Perhaps my own ex- 
periences would be as useful for a fruitful example as any. What 
one person might regard as success, another, with higher ideals 
would consider failure. When this subject was suggested to me the 
thought came that peshaps a few pages gleaned here and there from 
personal experience would be appropriate. For, though I have had 
flattering successes. there have also been bitter disappointments. 
We will begin with page one: 
When a boy of five or six years, my only knowledge of apples 
being some seedlings grown by my grandfather, I hopefully started 
an orchard, by planting in nice nursery rows, all the apple seeds 
that I could come at, many of which were crab seeds. Being tended 
with care and hopeful patience, many of them came in time, to bear- 
ing. Those of you who have any similar experience will know at 
once whether it was success or failure. Some of those crab seedlings 
were just simply awful, they haunt me yet. 
Next comes an experience with trees grown in the eastern states, 
of varieties not adapted to Wisconsin, some of which lived to bear 
a few apples, and all of which gradually faded out. Then removing 
to the northern part of Shawano county, and still hopeful, I invested 
with the first agent who came along, paid 75 cents a piece for varie- 
ties adapted to the locality, when coming into bearing all were Whit- 
neys, and while being very nice, and what everyone should have a 
few of, is rather near like a failure for a whole orchard. 
Nothing daunted, I then purchased two hundred trees from a re- 
liable Wisconsin nursery, which, owing to press of other work, were 
planted late in Mayj a dry spring, followed by an extremely dry 

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