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Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association / Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers' Association. Thirty-first annual meeting, Grand Rapids, Wisconsin, January 8, 1918. Thirtieth summer meeting, pavilion, Nekoose, Wis., August 14, 1917

Babcock, Guy O.
Cooperation between the grower and banker,   pp. 13-17 PDF (1.0 MB)

Page 13

GUY 0. BABCOCK, Wood Co. National Bank
About two weeks ago I was asked by your secretary, _Mrs. Whit-
tlesey to permit my name to be placed on your program for this
meeting, and a notice of that length of time ought to have been suf-
ficient to enable me to present a very lengthy and interesting paper.
I have not done my duty however, and can only plead as an excuse
that I have been exceptionally busy, also your meeting happens to
come on the same date as our bank's annual meeting and besides it
is a very busy time of the year with us all.
I am very glad however to be with you and certainly appreciate
the fact that I was asked to appear~on your program.
The subject assigned to me by Mrs. Whittlesey "Cooperation be-
tween the Grower and Banker" permits me to start my paper in
practically the same language which I used in a paper recently given
at a Bankers Meeting where the subject assigned to me was "The
Banker's Viewpoint of the question, Is closer cooperation between
industry and the banker desirable."
The two subjects are closely related and were it not for the fact
that cranberry growing seems to be so entirely different from most
other industries and is almost in a class by itself the same paper
might be used almost entirely for both subjects.
A discussion of the subject "Cooperation between the Grower and
Banker" would probably not provoke much argument as we are no
doubt all in one accord as to the advisability and mutual benefit to
be derived from such cooperation. Nevertheless. it is a question
well worthy of consideration and discussion, even though we do not
argue it.
In the first place, I regret exceedingly that my knowledge of the
art or rather the science of cranberry growing, is very limited in-
deed and until I came to Grand Rapids from Colorado about eleven
years ago, I must admit that I was not just positive whether the
beautiful red berry which we liked so well, grew on small trees or
were dug out of the ground like potatoes. But I have since at least
learned how they grow, and from the many questions I continually
ask my good friends in the cranberry industry, I presume they think
I ought to know it by this time. But I dont.
I have often wished that my early boyhood could have been spent
in this locality because at the harvest season of the year I could at
least have got into the business up to my knees, while I crawled
with the line plucking the fruit at 50 cents per.
I must say however that some of the growers have tried their best
to Improve my knowledge in the industry as they walked me for
miles over their bogs and jumped me across their many ditches,

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