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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)

Richardson, C. L.
The Stanley district,   pp. 104-106 PDF (651.3 KB)

Page 104

Mr. Melville: Yes, the price of the trees and trouble of ma-
nuring during that time, hauling a lot of manure on, was the
main cost, never cost a great deal in cash paid out.
MIr. Daub: What is your subsoil?
Mr. Melville: Our subsoil is deep clay loam, it does not
change. When we dig a well, we have to dig thirty feet before
you strike water. That land is so solid and hard you would not
have to curb a well, it is as hard as rock.
A portion of the surrounding country that I wish to speak
about this afternoon is to the east of Chippewa Falls and
Eau Claire; it is along the Wisconsin Central Line, 25 to 35
miles to the east.  The country over there is a clay loam,
or a loamy clay, a great deal similar to the country that
has been described by the two gentlemen who have preceded
me. It is not at the present time an orchard country, but in the
vicinity of Stanley there are numerous small orchards ranging
from a few acres to five or six acres, and off to the north there
is a large amount of country that is almost a wilderness, which
is probably not adapted to orchards at the present time, but
which will be as the country becomes cleared up. South of the
tract the country is more cleared up and there is where most of
the orchards are. The section extends from the northeast corner
of Chippewa County over quite aways into Taylor county, and
running south of the tracks, projects for a ways into the north-
west corner of Clark county. They had a little County Fair
at Stanley this year, and 294 plates of apples were shown, all
grown within a radius of eight or ten miles of Stanley, and they
showed that at present at least there do not seem to be the insect
pests and fungous enem:es that are common in other sections. The
fruit that was shown at the Fair was of high quality, large size
and good coloring, and there is a great deal of the land in that
section which I think is adapted to raising apple trees and which
would be good strawberry country.
In regard to the prices of our land, any person who wishes to
go into that country and start an orchard will not have a great

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