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Northern Wisconsin Agricultural and Mechanical Association / Transactions of the Northern Wisconsin Agricultural and Mechanical Association, including a full report of the industrial convention held at Neenah, Wisconsin, February, 1886. Together with proceedings of the Association for 1884, to January 1, '86
Vol. XI (1886)

Brainerd, James [Brainard]
Grapes, their culture, and how to bring them to early maturity,   pp. 222-233 PDF (2.4 MB)

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do not grow so fast (some grew about six feet with me last
summer), our leaves are healthier; only our cocoons seem
to be fastened with more glutin and, consequently, the
thread is loosened with more difficulty, but I rather have
this a little imperfect, which can be remedied by steam
reels, as to have sickness among worms, which is con-
tagious, and thus to be in fear to lose the whole crop.
Nature has done all she can for us, sound policy effect the
rest. The revival of interest in silk production has stimu-
lated inventions and serious attempts have been made in
the past and present year. Let us do our share in the same
Mr. Roe - In that grand exhibit in the government build-
ing that covered twelve acres, there was not a single state
represented, but had its silk exhibit. That of California was
magnificent. It was labeled the work of California girls.
I think at our Northern Fair you will see a magnificent ex-
hibition and it will belabeled thework of Badgergirls. We
have heard a good deal spoken, sneeringly of the negro in
the south; of his incapacity; of his general laziness and
worthlessness. The finest exhibit of silk culture, was made
by an ex-slave, and the largest enterprise now in the state
of Alabama is run by that same colored man. He is teach-
ing his people and devoloping that industry among the peo-
ple and the ex-slaves of his state.
A paper was then read by Mr. Brainard, of Oshkosh, en-
Hundreds of times during our fairs, I have been asked:
"How did you get your grapes so ripe? " Once a person re-
marked to her companion, "I bet they are the same ones he
had here last year." Well, there isn't any secret about it,
although it caused me years of labor and waiting.
First I noticed that vines set out as I set fruit trees, uni-
formly ripened their fruit earlier than those set where special

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