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Wisconsin State Horticultural Society / Annual report of the Wisconsin State Horticultural Society for the year 1910
Volume XL, Part II (1910)

Knight, Wm.
Report from Bayfield ,   pp. 226-[228] PDF (421.1 KB)

Page 226

BAYFIELD, WIS., Jan. 15, 1910.
To the Wisconsin State Horticultural Society:
Madison, Wisconsin.
In the last four years the Bayfield Peninsula has made won-
derful progress in the fruit industry. Prior to that time there
were no commercial orchards or commercial advancement in the
small fruit line. Our citizens had made no effort in that direc-
tion and had given it no thought, and most of them thought
that fruit as a commercial enterprise for this section would be
a failure. They were governed too much by the opinion of our
neighbors south of us; "too far North" was the cry. Notwith-
standing, they themselves had been growing all varities of small
fruit for home use, and some varities of apples and cherries
for thirty years, and their success in this small way never
prompted them to try it commercially. A few citizens finally
did wake up to this suggestive object lesson and began to set
out trees and small fruit and to talk fruit to their fellow citi-
zens. Of course some laughed in your face, some pitied you
for the money you were squandering, and some listened to you
and talked it over with you inquiringly, and then went home
a.nd talked over the truths you had brought to their notice,
and finally began to set out trees and small fruit, and were
successful in their efforts. This success of some made the others
take notice and brought them to realize what had been done,
and they began to absorb the fruit venture and began the work
of fruit growing themselves, and to-day you can scarcely find a
knocker in our district. They have all been taught to believe in
the future of this district as a fruit country commercially.
We have organized a Horticultural Society of about one hun-
dred members, and through the society, much educational work
has been done, and many beginners are on the road to growing
fruit for the market. In the last three years our district has
put out about twenty-five thousand apple trees, and twenty
thowusand cherry trees. There were two cars of cherry trees
blrought to Bayfield this fall, containing 17,000 trees. There
were also several thousand apple trees brought in for planting
next spring. Mlen are coming in with the expectation of grow-
ing fruit, and are clearing up land for that purpose. We
would move forward faster were it not for the fact that our land

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