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Wisconsin Fruit Growers' Association / Transactions of the Wisconsin Fruit Growers' Association for the year 1855; including the award of premiums at the annual exhibition, held at Milwaukee, on the 18th, 19th and 20th days of Sept., and the report of the convention, held at Whitewater on the 12th and 13th days of September, etc., etc.

Brayton, J. C.; Gifford, Charles; Hanford, A. G.
Report of the executive committee,   pp. [5]-6 PDF (355.0 KB)

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        deport of the     ,ieutive 6[ ommittee.
  The success which attended the operations of the Association,
during the first year of its existence, induced you1 committee to
accept with confidence the duties imposed upo, them. As a
means of attracting the attention of the public to the objects
which led to the formation of the Association, and to demonstrate 1
the perfection to which fruits of the finest quality could be grown
in this State, we were of opinion that an annual exhibition should,
at the present stage of our affairs, have a prominent place in our
arrangements. It was with pleasure, therefore, that we accepted
the invitation of the Milwaukee Horticultural Society, to hold
the exhibition of the present year in connection with their own.
Notwithstanding the violent storm of wind and rain, which preceded
and attended the days of exhibition, and which prevented the atten-
dance of many who designed to be present, the collection of fruits
was quite as extensive, and in some respects superior to that of the
previous year. The interest manifested in our success by the
members of the Horticultural Society, and their hearty co-oper-
ation in promoting it, is worthy of especial notice. The arrange-
ments for holding a convention for discussions, etc., during the:
progress of the exhibition, were made as carefully as possible; it
was found, however, thatto time could be spared for that purpose,
and it was necessarily postponed.
  The experience of the past two years, has led us to the opinion
that the offering of premiums for fine frits-though perfectly
proper in itself considered-interferes injuriously with objects of
more importance. The primary object of the Association was, by
annual or more frequent exhibitions, to collect fruits from all
parts of the State, so that by actual inspection and comparison,
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