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Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association / 1893 sixth annual meeting of the Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers' Association, held at the City Council Chamber, at Grand Rapids, January 10th and 11th
(1893)

President's address,   pp. [1]-7 PDF (1.2 MB)


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kidneys, then God help the patient; lie would better 1,,;,i
his will and set his house in order, for if the disease (1d,
not kill him the treatmeiit will.
What then wits the catise of the failure of our crop.
year ago it was drouth and frost which reduced the N iei
to about one-fourth of the average. This year it does l1e
require an expert or a council of phiysicianis to decide ti
question. The patient himself is amply able to do it, ;,
he is very einpihatic in saying that it is due to the s.ii
causes which wrought disaster in 1891. The droutit of i;,
season really extended over into this. Like the darkey'
fish trap it worked both ways and caught us "a gwine ;iii
a comlimi. " Nearly all our miarshes went into winter qia;,
ters dry. Very few acres were flooded sufficiently to pro
tect the vines; some had water in the ditches; but in iilllmi
instances there wvas no water at all, and the bottomis of till
ditches were seamied and cracked front the drouthi. Tile
snow fall during the winter was 1oo light to be of aly beii
efit and the shrivelled buds and dead, lifeless vines con
vinced the experienced grower even before sprinig c;mia
that the crop would he siiiull. I noticed on the Granid M;riil
and other bogs in that Vicinity Mnitiy fields which for yvil.
have depended upon the sSnow for protection with the viied
so badly winter-killed that they did not yield a berry. 'lfii
then was the cause, now what is the remedy? Of cim-re
the only and oft repeated answer is water. But it is e;,ier
to cry water than it is to fill our reservoirs. WVe are ifot
cloud compellors, and the success of Uncle Jerry's experi-i
inents has not been so mnarked as to encourage us to inxi' t
ill dynamite and other high explosives with which to lhiii-
bard the clouds. To get water we shall have to follow the
good old plan of digging for it. To be sure a serious alt-
teiipt will be made this winiter to obtain the right to iile
the water of some of our rivers for irrigation, and if lue-
cessful as we all hope it may be, it will solve the prohileii
for a large section of territory. But for those of us %ll,
will not come under the care of Dr. Treat and call derive
no benefit from his treatment, there is still a little iolai
left in Gilead. If we cannot irrigate with the turbid wvat-
ters of the Yellow, we can ditch and dam on ourown preill-
ises; we can do something to enlarge the capacity of our
reservoirs, and we can practice still greater economy iII tle
use of our water supply.
It is a frequent remark among the old settlers here that
the country is drying up, and it is trte though not quiti til


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