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Wisconsin State Horticultural Society / Transactions of the Wisconsin State Horticultural Society. Proceedings, essays and reports at the annual winter meetings, held at Madison, Feb. 1, 2 and 3, 1870 and Feb. 7, 8 and 9, 1871
(1871 [covers 1870/1871])

Hobbins, President
Annual address,   pp. 10-15 PDF (1.4 MB)


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TRANSACTIONS FOR 1870.
people in horticulture, and in order to do so, you must begin at the beginning,
and
not at the end. Give them fruit, and they will soon want good fruit"
One word
more in relation to what I have just said. In expressing my opinion about
the
influence of outside horticultural papers and journals in this state, I would
not have
it understood that the slightest disrespect is intended, or that my design
was to pre-
vent their circulating among our people. I am simply contending that their
horti
cultural directions are not applicable to this state, and that our best horticultural
teachers are to be found among the most experienced fruit-growers of our
own
northwest.
The suggestion I have just made may be viewed differently by different mem-
bers of this society, but the suggestion I have now to make will, I know,
meet with
your general approbation. We have long felt the need of a state entomologist.
As
horticulturists, we see and feel the importance and absolute need of such
an officer-
more so than does any other part of the community. Some of the older states,
and
indeed some of the younger states, have made such appointments; and I trust
the
time will soon come when our own state will follow their wise example. We
are
an agricultural people, and as such are afflicted with almost every plant-destroying
insect on this side of the continent; and while other countries and states
are seek-
ing, with success, for means to diminish or avert the ravages of such plagues,
we
should not be folding our hands, awaiting for something to turn up, but be
follow-
ing the examples of our more intelligent neighbors. Therefore, I suggest
that before
you separate you elect, as entomologist to the State Horticultural Society,
Professor
Daniells, of the Wisconsin State University. I venture to make this recommenda-
tion simply because the proflissor is the best man I know of for the place,
and
because I know that he will spare no pains to serve the society and the people.
I
believe, also, that it will be greatly conducive to the interests of the
horticultural
and the agricultural societies of this state were you to appoint a standing
committee
on meteorology.
One more suggestion and I have done. We all know of our failure, as a society,
to procure an appropriation last winter from our legislature for the purpose
of carry-
ing on our experimental gardens, and for the advancement of the science of
horti-
culture in this state. We were kindly recommended to the legislature in the
gover-
nor's message; we had been earnestly recommended to the favorable consideration
of the legislature by President Chadbourne, of the State University; we had
the
assurance of the leading members, both of the Senate and Assembly, of their
sup-
port, and the recommendation of the committee on agriculture, who reported
our
bill, and yet we failed. I could tell you the secret of our failure. It was
caused
by a little accident common enough in all our houses. The Assembly was a
little
out of temper on the day our bill was introduced, and therefore did just
as we all
do in the like state of things-what it ought not to have done. The speaker,
whilst
expressing his regret to me that the bill had not passed, assured me that
had it been
brought up a day sooner or later it would have carried. Now, so far as I
can judge,
there is nothing very discouraging in all this. We must repeat the attempt,
and
renew it again and again, if necessary, until we are successful, as successful
we
certainly shall be if Wisconsin remains an agricultural state. The horticultural
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