Wisconsin Dairymen's Association / Thirty-second annual report of the Wisconsin Dairymen's Association : held at Platteville, Wis., February 10, 11 and 12, 1904. Report of the proceedings, annual address of the president, and interesting essays and discussions relating to the dairy interests
Baer, U. S.
Needs of the southwestern Wisconsin cheese industry, pp. 83-89 PDF (1.5 MB)
Wicwzin. Dairyvmtes Association. NEEDS OF THE SOUTHWESTERN WISCONSIN CHEIE SE INDUSTRY. IT. S. Baer, Madison. Mr. President, Ladies and Gentlemen of the Convention- This is not a job of my seeking. I have seen too much of this world to go looking for trouble. Long ago I quit putting chips on my shoulders as bluff games. But as a member of this great Association, I dare not refuse to try to perform any duty which your respected and honored Secretary places upon me--that is why I appear before you. Less than a generation ago the southern and soutihwestern portion of this state was given over to an industry, which in, its glittering prospects of wealth, lured the venturesome spirit from all portions of the globe, and the click of the drill, the boom of the blast, and the hustling activity of a mining town all told of the feverish industry that permeated the time. For- tunes were made and unmade in an incredibly short length of time, by a lucky or unlucky strike, as the case might be. But * the years have slipped by and the ever-changing hand of der- tiny has transformed the scene. Instead of the jigs, smelters and refineries, we have the factories and farms, the cheese vats and the churns, which are producing the revenues of this coun- try, and the Babcock test, instead of the assay, determines the wealtdr of the productL. Yet a little whil* with the same devastation of the magnifi- cent forests of Wisconsin, and our lumber kiDgsi will be no more, and left behind all through the northern and central por- tion of Wisconsin will be a pathway strewn with a range of stumps, left bleaching in the summer sun; to be transformed into meadow and pasture lands teeming with flocks and herds. A landscape to be dotted-with creameries and cheese factories and from abandoned lumber camps and former tiniber districts are to abound prosperous farms and homes, with the advantages U I -_. - 83
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