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Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association / Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers' Association. Thirty-first annual meeting, Grand Rapids, Wisconsin, January 8, 1918. Thirtieth summer meeting, pavilion, Nekoose, Wis., August 14, 1917

Treat, Chelcie
State fair exhibit,   pp. 10-11 PDF (404.9 KB)

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CHELCIE TREAT, Shennington, Wisconsin.
I was much surprised when I received our secretary's letter asking
for a raper on the State Fair Exhibit. I being only a greenhorn ex-
pected to escape unnoticed. But I shall endeavor to give you an idea
of what was accomplished by the exhibit of last fall.
I arrived in Milwaukee Saturday and with Mr. Malde, Mrs. Whittle-
sey and Miss Bamberg set up the exhibit.
The aim in setting such an exhibit was of course to arouse the
thousands at the Fair with the importance of cranberries as a food,
and to stimulate an interest that would lead to a greater consumption
of our product by the public. Hence those who passed us never left
without having a better knowledge of cranberries or the bog on which
they grow. One would be surprised at how few people know anything
about cranberries.
Do they grow on trees; and If so, how do you gather them? asks
one innocent looking man of 45 or so. "Are they the same as the
highbush type, or only relative to them?" Asks another individual
and when told the nature of cranberries those people looked as sur-
prised as the Englishnian who, when he asked whether North Dakota
was in Wisconsin, was told it was not a city but a state.
Mrs. Whittlesey with her ever ready smile, and her eagerness to be
of service to all, which gained for her the title of "Mother" was
veritable mine of information to the busy housewives of Wisconsin.
She showed in a most efficient way how cranberries could be made
into toothsome dainties at as small cost as any other fruit or dessert,
dispelling the old idea that so much of the sugar supply was needed
to make them swkeet enough to eat. To those who have to live up to
Hoover's dictum of sugar these demonstrations must have been re-
ceived with joy by the women present.
Miss Bamberg too was indispensable in our booth, she relieved Mrs.
Whittlesey and kept the interest up all the time. The only deplorable
feature of her week there was a long distance phone call (We wondered
who he was but failed to find out) which prevented her being in the
picture. This work I believe is the basis for a large sale of berries
in the future. People have to be taught the value of things and to
have old notions dispelled before they will try things. The converts
made by the ladies in the booth, point the way to greater success for
the sale of cranberries In the future if this work is followed up as it
should be.
Just what we accomplished cannot be definitely stated at this time,
nor can we place our fingers on any visible results. We were in the
same conditions as the negro who was chased by the ghost one night.
He declared that he was not afraid of ghosts but one night when

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