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Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association / Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers' Association. Forty-seventh annual meeting, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, December 14, 1933. Forty-seventh summer convention, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, August 8, 1933

Chaney, A. U.
1933 crop estimate,   pp. 4-6 PDF (844.9 KB)

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HERMAN GEBHuuVr, President
I am glad to see so many growers and members of their families
here this afternoon. Your being here tells far more clearly than I
can express to you in words the fact that you are interested in your
vocation, for the interest one manifests in his occupation determines
to a great degree the success or failure that follows.
We have every reason to be proud of our vocation, for we produce
a worthwhile commodity-a fruit that is said to rank high in health-
giving qualities. Our work is in the great out-of-doors; we endeavor
to work with Nature; we live more nearly as the Creator intended
man to live-quite different from the life of the city cliff dweller.
We take a comparatively worthless piece of land and, applying labor
and capital thereto, bring it to a high state of cultivation, adding that
much more beauty to this planet and placing the land high on the
assessment roll. Nevertheless, I sometimes feel that we have a duty,
a responsibility, for the people of these United States look to us, the
growers of the three producing states, Massachusetts, New Jersey
and Wisconsin, to bring forth the little, red, tart berry so much de-
sired on the festive occasions. And for this expenditure of labor,
capital, and time, we have every right to expect a fair reasonable re-
turn for such expenditure. Personally, I view with regret that the
economic condition of this young nation is such that the purchasing
power of the masses is extremely low. I sometimes illustrate with
five apples representing the wealth, and 100 people representing the
population of the nation. The division as it is today, is that four
very wealthy people have one apple each, while 96 of you must get as
get can from the remaining apple.
This Association is not a new organization; it has stood the test of
many years, and I have the greatest respect and regard for those
early pioneers who blazed the trail which we now tread with com-
parative ease. They gathered in the manner in which we meet here
today to discuss their problems, having in mind the production of a
better berry and a better pack. Pioneering in any line is not easy.
It is within my recollection their trudging through the early morn-
ing dew over trails and corduroy roads that they might assemble at
Barrs station, the Brooks marsh, the Mills marsh, or other suitable
place-and got there on time.
To those of you who are guests or visitors, we want you to foel nt
home; we want you to fe-l that the time )ere spent has been -rnlt-
able to you, and on behalf of the Association I extend you a hearty
I didn't know I was on the program. I want to first speak for
Dean Christensen. He telephoned me about noon time, because he
didn't know who else to get in touch with, to express his regrets that
he could not be here today. Some delegation of cheese people or some-
thing similar delayed him, and he thought up until ten o'clock that he
would be able to get here. He said he simply couldn't make it, and
a!-ked me to express his apology and his appreciation of the invita-

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