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Wisconsin State Horticultural Society / Annual report of the Wisconsin State Horticultural Society for the year 1910
Volume XL, Part II (1910)

Reigle, G. W.
Garden of Eden,   pp. 96-99 PDF (1.2 MB)


Page 97


WINTER MEETING.
than $1.00 per bushel nor more than $1.15 per bushel. I learned
that choice Duchess had not been sold for less than 75c per
bushel, Eau Claire market, that the common run of Duchess had
sold as low as 65c per bushel.
Looking northwest from Eau Claire across the flood plains of
the river a distance of three or four miles one may plainly see
the Eau Claire Asylum, about one mile nearer the city lies the
farm of Mr. Andrew Moholt who has ten acres of bearing orchard
and twenty-five acres of recent planting. The location is on the
first terrace above the river valley in what I would call an ex:-
posed position on ridges whose slopes face the east and north.
The chief varieties grown in this orchard are the N. W. Green-
ing, Patten, Yellow Transparent, Duchess, Tetofski, Whitney
No. 20, Wealthy and Wolf River. Up to this time, Mr. Moholt
needs but little advice from anybody on the subject of how to
grow apples profitably in Wisconsin. Mr. H. A. Donaldson has
a small but very promising orchard of sixty trees bearing fruit
high in color, above normal in size and free from scab and
worms. Mr. T. S. Lee's two acre orchard is perhaps, all features
considered, the most profitable small orchrad visited in Eau
Claire county. Here I found N. W. Greening, Fameuse, Scott's
Winter, Wealthy and Wolf River. To my mind the points of
superiority were, uniformity in size, their wonderful coloring,
and their unusual size and an added charm I cannot describe.
Mr. Lee told me that the profits of this small orchard paid all
the current yearly expenses for operating his farm. Mr. Lee's
methods of picking and marketing his apples for local trade can
hardly be improved. He gathers his apples in baskets or in
bushel crates where they remain until they are sold to the con-
sumer, empty packages being exchanged for those filled with
fruit after the usual fashion with strawberries.
This method, you see, obviates repeated handling and the con-
sequent bruising of the fruit.
The orchard of Hans Johnson is located on the north slope of
a very steep hillside being sadly neglected of late years. Through
the center of this orchard are two long rows of bearing but
nearly worthless seedlings, sold to Mr. Johnson for Wealthy
and Duchess. The Hyslop crab growing on this hillside were
nearly as large as the normal Whitney No. 20, not a worm, no
curculio.
7-H. S.
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