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Cranefield, Frederic (ed.) / Wisconsin horticulture
Vol. I (September 1910/August 1911)

Wisconsin horticulture, vol. 1, no. 1: September, 1910,   pp. [1]-8 PDF (3.6 MB)

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Vol. 1                                       September, 1910            
                            No. 1 
          DOOR COUNTY 
  The city and town of Sturgeon 
Bay and adjacent village of Sawyer 
is but part of Door county. There 
is really much besides. This state- 
ment may surprise some people, in- 
cluding not a few Sturgeon Bayites. 
  Door county or the Door penin- 
sula  has been   associated in  the 
minds of Wisconsin horticulturists 
planted the first orchard, of any size, 
in Door county    and  induced  his 
neighbors to do likewise, but as the 
details of orchard growth at Stur- 
geon Bay is really no part of this 
story we will not go into it at this 
time. These    men   pursued  their 
business in a quiet, methodical way 
and no land booms wero apparent 
until recently. With the big crop 
thousands of acres of land that from 
a casual examination appears exactly 
us well adapted to fruit growing as 
any near Sturgeon Bay. The native 
growth is similar, the soil is similar 
and who shall say the cliniate is not 
the samc It is true that inagnifi- 
cent "artery of (ommerce," the Ah- 
napee & Western, after wandering 
leisurely from Green Bay to Caseo 
Door County Cherries. Average branch on 8 year old trees orchard of D E.
Bingham, Sturgeon Bay, July 20, 1910 
as a great and promising fruit re- 
gion, as indeed it is, but the casual 
visitor rarely gets beyond Sturgeon 
Bay and is apt to go away with the 
impression that the only available 
fruit land is just outside the city 
limits.  It is true that the only 
cherry orchards of any importance 
are located there but that is easily 
explained; the   business of fruit 
growing on a commercial scale can 
be traced directly and easily back to 
A. L. Hatch. In company with the 
late Prof. E. S. Goff, Mr. Hatch 
of 1909, running as high as $600 
per acre, owners of land adjoining 
these orchards began to get excited 
and to push uip land prices. Prices 
didn't rise, they jumped. 
  This would be all right if the land 
iidlapted to cherry raising and the 
peculiar climiatic conditions so nec- 
essary were absolutely confined to 
the region immediately adjacent to 
Sturgeon Bay, but this is clearly 
not the case. 
  In that part of the county lying 
north of Sturgeon Bay can be found 
and then backing    up to Algoina, 
finally st, ',s, worn out, at Sturgeon 
Bay, and no doubt the fact that the 
road stops lere has led   miany  to 
think that nothing lies Ibyond but 
rocks and forest. 
  While the lack of rail transportb- 
tino is a decided hanadicup to the de- 
vhelouient o f any region, it is not 
really seriits in upper Door county 
on account of the extcllent boat 
sirvice on both shores. 
  A glance at the map show s numier- 
ous excellent 'ltrhors and it is safe 
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