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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

Searls, President
Address by President Searls,   p. 24 PDF (208.0 KB)

Page 24

Since our iast meeting this association has sustained a great loss
in the death of our secretary Mr. J. W. Fitch together with the pass-
ing of his father Mr. W. H. Fitch who served this association so
faithfully and so ably some years ago. Proper resolutions will be in
order at the proper time that the association may pay their respects
to the memory of these men who will be missed so grievously.
After consulting with several members of the association, I have
appointed Mrs. S. N. Whittlesey to act as our secretary until the
Annual Meeting next January. I considered Mrs. Whittlesey one of
the most capable and being the best situated to pick up the threads
of Mr. Fitch's work. This work has been most difficult, many of the
records having been burned when Mr. Pitch's home was consumed.
For the benefit of anyone who may not be familiar with the facts, the
death of Mr. Fitch was caused from the effects of inhaling smoke and
gasses while engaged in trying to save his home and household effects
from the flames. The appointment of Mrs. Whittlesey I trust will
meet with your approval.
From all the information I can get the present crop prospects are in
a very uncertain condition. The berries in this state at least are
very late and many growers are likely to be compelled to commence
picking before the berries are fully grown, this of itself is likely to
reduce the yield materially. The bloom has been most bountiful, and
had the season been normal we should have been blessed with one of
the finest crops of berries every grown in our state. I do not wish to
be understood as admitting we are not going to harvest a bumper
crop. I only wish to be understood as saying the conditions at this
time are against, rather than in favor of a large yield of berries in
this state.
There is imminent danger of serious trouble next season from the
black head fird worms which have shown up in many places. It would
be well for all growers to look well to his dikes and be prepared to
combat this pest. Flooding in May or early June if thorough, and
for at least sixty hours, will rid a bog of this fellow. I had supposed
thirty-six hours to be sufficient submersion. but neighbor Bennett tells
me he tested the staying qualities of one of these black head fire
worms and found forty-eight hours was not quite enough to complete
the job. I was a little surprised at this statement but I presume the
temperature of the water at the time of flooding the bog would account
for the difference in our conclusions, as I had found thirty-six hours
sufficient to drown this worm.

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