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Wisconsin Dairymen's Association / Tenth annual report of the Wisconsin Dairymen's Association : held at Sheboygan, Wis., January 11-13, 1882. Report of the proceedings, annual address of the president, and interesting essays relating to the dairy interests

Hazen, Chester
My mistakes as a dairyman,   pp. 94-97 PDF (842.6 KB)

Page 94

WisOoNIN DA=Xxxm's ASocITox. 
By CnrSsxm HUzZu, Bruadon, Wisconsin. 
Xr. Praiden, Ladie, and Gentlemen:-.- This topic laid down 
in the programme for me was one selected by our friend, Mr. Cur- 
tis. I don't know whether he thought I was going to get up here 
and expose all my mistakes as a dairyman or not, and if that was 
the idea, it is quite a hard task. Our time has been so very pleas- 
antly occupied and filled that I shall be making the greatest mis- 
take by attempting to say anything on this occasion. It is, I think, 
generally conceded, it is at least by me, that others see our mis- 
takes more readily than we do ourselves. I have had mistakes 
pointed out by others, friends of the convention and others, that I 
could hardly see as mistakes myself. I embarked in the dairy busi- 
ness at an early day in Wisconsin, and had considerable to contend 
with too. We worked hard to elevate the standard of Wisconsin 
goods in the market, and one of our efforts was in organizing this 
association, and that, I feel sure, has not been one of the mistakes. 
The greatest mistake the cheese maker has made has been in try- 
ing to work off the scalawag cheese along with the better cheese. 
It is a mistake of the Wisconsin dairyman not to keep up the repu- 
tation of our dairy product. One of the principal objects of the 
organization of this society was to secure a demand, a reputation 
for Wisconsin dairy goods. Many of you who are here to-day that 
were not present at that time, were not running factories, are not 
aware of the difficulties we had to labor under. At that time it was 
thought advisable to make the best goods we could, all cream 
cheese, and we did so. I will speak of a little circumstance in re- 
gard to this matter. An instance of what pioneer factorymen here 
had to contend against: We sold our cheese in Wisconsin and in 
the western states. New York manufacturers came in and we had 
to have an outlet for our goods and we shipped our cheese to New 
York, without any. marks or brands on the cheese whatever, to dis- 
tinguish what state they came from, in order that they might be 
sold on their own merits. About that time, when in Milwaukee, I 
called into a cheese house and discovered the proprietor sorting out 
a pile of cheese. He had turned them out and had a pretty good 

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