Southern Wisconsin Cheesemakers' and Dairymen's Association / Proceedings of the tenth annual meeting of the Southern Wisconsin Cheesemakers' and Dairymen's Association held at Monroe, Wisconsin, Thurs. and Fri., January 27 and 28, 1910
Farrington, E. H.
A visit to the Ruetti-Zollikofen dairy school, pp. 54-62 PDF (1.5 MB)
SO'TIIrHIN WIS. CHRESIMAKERS' & DAIRVYM1iN'S ASS'N . 61 aminiations took place. The boys sat at a long table in the large room of the hotel, and the director of the school vhi') was present, asked me to join the class. I (ladlY accct)te(l, and found that that the young Swiss clieecenla- ker has a good taste for music as well as for wine. Their songKs were musical, and everyone sangi as if he enjoy'ed it. The "vodel" was given with the gentuine Al- pin1e ring, and when one of the boys began to plav a four- foot accordian and the others. started to (lance, I could understand whythe Swiss cheesemaker has stucil foiudness for this particular instrument. He has (levelope(l the mus- cles of his arms by handling the 200-lb. cheese in his factory, and is therefore able to easily work the bellows of at very large accordian. After three hours of social entertainment the boys went home with the director of the school. Two of them, however, who had danced with the bar maid, the only girl present, were unable to find their hats and had to go home bareheaded. The next morning visitors began to arrive on early trains, and at eight o'clock the scholars assembled in the large lecture room and found themselves facing about fifty visitors. The public examination is conducted in about the same way ats a trial in court, with the scholars as prison- ers. Ieach teacher asks questions of the scholars (luring periods of one-half hour each. The subjects covered by various teachers were buttermaking, dairying in general the principles of cattle feeding, building cheese factories, milk testing, agricultural laws, veterinary science and cheese making. These exercises continued from 8 a. m. to 12:30, with a pause at 10 o'clock for refreshments. The banquet, or dinner, began at one p. in. and con tinued until 3:30, with the scholars entertaining the guests by an occasional song. Speeches were made, as is usual at such gatherings, and the final exercise was the presentation of diplomas and money prizes to the scholars.
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