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Wisconsin State Horticultural Society / Annual report of the Wisconsin State Horticultural Society for the year ending July 1, 1921
Vol. LI (1921)

Constitution and by-laws of the Wisconsin State Horticultural Society: as amended January 13, 1921. With brief historical outline,   pp. 19-24 PDF (1.6 MB)

Page 19

(As amended January 13, 1921.)
With Brief Historical Outline
In November, 1853, a small group of Wisconsin fruit growers met
in Whitewater and organized the Wisconsin Fruit Growers' Associa-
tion. According to the scant records available this association flour-
ished until the beginning of the Civil war.
September 29, 1865, a similar group which had been in attendance
at the state fair held in Janesville met and organized the Wisconsin
State Horticultural Society. The first officers were: President, B. F.
Hopkins; vice presidents, one in each county named; secretary, J. C.
Plumb; treasurer, F. C. Curtis; executive committee, Geo. J. Kellogg
and L. P. Chandler.
For several years annual meetings were held at the same time and
place as the meetings of the Agricultural Society and the proceedings
printed in one volume.
In 1871 the society was granted a charter by the legislature and pro-
vision made for the publication of the reports of the society in a sep-
arate volume. From that time to the present the society has been a
ward of the state, receiving state aid in return for which it has ren-
dered a distinct service through the collection and dissemination of in-
formation on fruits, flowers and vegetables.
The society during Its early years confined its efforts largely to the
testing and selection of varieties suitable to our climate, an extremely
important and valuable work.
The activities of the society have broadened from decade to decade
through its more than half century of existence until it is now recog-
nized as an important factor in the state's progress and as one of the
most progressive and active organizations of its kind in the United
In 1904 the society departed from the plan followed by practically all
horticultural societies of paying the secretary merely a nominal salary
for nominal services and provided funds for a full time secretary and
a central, permanent office. Probably no other step has exerted greater
Influence on the society than this.
From 1896 to 1901 the society published a monthly journal, The Wis-
consin Horticulturist. The records fail to show why it was discon-
From 1906 to 1910 Bulletins were published at irregular intervals,
nineteen in all, of quarto size ranging from 8 to 32 pages.
September, 1910, marked the birth of Wisconsin Horticulture, a
16-page monthly journal sent to members and exchanges only. The
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