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Wisconsin State Horticultural Society / The Wisconsin horticulturist: issued monthly, under the management of the Wisconsin State Horticultural Society for the purpose of disseminating the horticultural information collected through the agency of the society
Vol. I, No. 5 (July 1896)

Among our neighbors,   pp. 15-22 PDF (1.6 MB)


Page 15


AMONG OUR NEFIGHBORS.
There, ladies and gentlemen, you have heard both sides
of the question, or one side both ways. You have heard an
able paper read by our worthy secretary giving "Waupaca
county as seen from abroad," and you have heard a less able
paper read, giving "Waupaca county as seen at home." Do
vou need further enlightening? If so, please pay us another
visit in the near future, and learn more of us.  Our people
will try to make your visit pleasant.   I am  not afraid to
miake that promise, for I know their proverbial hospitality.
AMONG OUR NEIGHBORS.
The unexpected announcement in the Minnesota Tiorticul-
tuiralist last nionth of the death of their treasurer. F. G.
G^ould, of Excelsior. brings to mind manv pleasant moments
spent in his company. as only last season he visited the writ-
er's orchard, and we visited the Thaver Fruit Farm at Sparta
together. His death occurred Mlav 9th. He was an earnest
'vorker and a life member of their societv. He was a man
of strong chanacter and good lrinciples, and in his death the
state societv loses a valuable member whose works will live
after him. Peace to his ashes. At the annual meeting of
their state society last December one of their lady members
read the following original poem. It was so interesting. so
applicable to the assemblage and so well received that I am
satisfied our readers will enjoy its appearance in these col-
ulmus:
A POEM.
MRS. S. IRWIN, EXCELSIOR.
Read at the annual meeting of the Minnesota State Horticultural Society,
December 5th, 1895.
VINECROFT, May 17, 189a.
It is hard to be a farmer when possessed of bookish taste
And feel that either mind or farm is sure to run to waste:
My soul cries out for knowledge with a greed 1 dare not utter.
Since 'tis the farm and not the books that brings the bread and butter.
I know 'tis oftimes hinted by the folks who do not know,
That fruiters lie in hammocked shade and watch the berries grow,
Then whistle for the hired help to load them in a van,
Drive to the nearest market and sell them - if they can.
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