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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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                           Offieial Organ of the Wisconsin State Horticultural
Vol. 1                                           October, 1910          
                               No. 2 
   Bayfiehl is surely coming. The peo- 
 ple up there will not admit this as 
 true, they claim to have already ar- 
 rived and while some of us may yet 
 entertain some lingering doubts or 
 wait to be convinced, Mr. W. Knight 
 is not in either the doubting or the 
 waiting class 
   Mr. Knight began planting frui( 
 trees at Bayfield in 1906 and has 
 been  right on the job ever sinc(, 
 planting trees at a rate to make th] 
 fellows in the waiting   rowv dizzy. 
 Some of our doubting (lass have( a 
 suspicion that he is a little demented 
 but not the Bayficid people,-they 
 know him   too well and know     if 
 Knight plants trees it is not an idle 
 fancy but a good business venture 
 founded on something substantial. 
   If you call get the confidence of t(- 
 Bayfield people they will tell you a 
 story about Knight and the apple 
 trees. Several years since it seems 
 he determined to retire from busi- 
 ness, lumbering, but as usual in suc.] 
 eases "went to pieces" physically. 
 After consulting many doctors onel 
 came who was brave enough to tell 
 him  the plain truth,--that ihe ens 
 already in fact a dead man, not moore 
 than six months, unless. --h 
 should "get busy" at once. get into 
 some line of active work. What let- 
 ter than fruit growing? Where let- 
 ter than the high bluffs along the 
 Bayfield shore? So if teii years hmi(eo 
 Bayfieid shore is known as one(, of 'the 
 big fruit producing sections of the 
 northwest, if big boats leave tIme 
 docks there loaded with apples as 
 they now do with ore and grain, to 
 Mr. Knight will belong much of the 
 credit as the "man who dared," the 
 man of faith. We asked of him to 
 tell us about his orchard planting 
 and we have the following reply un- 
 der date of July 20: 
 "I received your letter wanting to 
 know how my orchard interests are 
getting along this year. You know 
it was the spring of 1906 that I first 
started to plant a commercial orchard, 
I have planted trees every year since 
a(s follows: 1906, planted 2000 apple 
trees; 1907, planted 500 apple trees; 
1908, planted 1200 apple trees, and 
600 cherries; 1909, planted 500 cher- 
rie(s, 50 standard pears, 2000 cur- 
rants, 5 acres strawberries and ome 
acre blackberries; 1910, 1200 apules., 
1500 cherries, 30 pears and 2500 cur- 
rant bushcs. My strawberries escaped 
till frost without injury and I never 
saw more fruit on the vines, but the 
long drought ruined the crop. The 
early frosts in April caught my cher- 
ries and currants, and I had only 
(il teitlt o f a  crop, excep)t the 
Eminglish Morrells, these have a full 
  "The varieties I anm planting eomn- 
onreially are the following: 
  "Apples-Yellow Transparent, Dud- 
Icy, Du)chiess, Wealthy, Patten Green- 
ingg. N. W. Greening, Eastman, Trai- 
'Wdm(lent Crab and llyslop (Crab. 
  "Cherrics-Early Rieihmond, Moint 
mnorelncy and English Morrells. 
  "Pears--Staiiard,   Bartlett  Mid 
  "Pears-Dwarf, ' Du)hmess      an(d 
Louise Bonne. 
  "I have forty acres now ready for 
planting to trees next spring, and I 
Win. Knight of Baypield - the Man who Dared 

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