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Cranefield, Frederic (ed.) / Wisconsin horticulture
Vol. I (September 1910/August 1911)

Wisconsin horticulture, vol. 1, no. 3: November, 1910,   pp. [1]-16 PDF (7.5 MB)


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November 1910 
WISCONSIN HORTICULTURE 
latter have proven I:est of all here 
and there is very little likelihood of 
any others succeeding them in the 
esteem of growers here. I know noth- 
ing of the Northwest cherry, if there 
is any such a thing." 
  The only mention we can find of 
the Northwest anywhere is a brief 
technical description  in  Budd   & 
Hansen's IHorticultural Manual, giv- 
ing its origin as Illinois. 
  It would take too much space to 
give in detail the old, old, moss- 
grown, fake    arguments   used   by 
agents, such as analysis of soil, op- 
tions on land, establishment of can- 
ning companies, superior qualities of 
the Ostheim   cherry, etc.  We feel 
impelled, however, to print one of the 
contract.s of the Home Nursery Co., 
which has come our way both as a 
curiosity and as an example of the 
worst rot in horticultural lines we 
have seen lately. Here it is: 
                    No.......... 
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P ost  ()ff e . ...................................................... .....
(C unty  of .......................................... State of W isconsin
T his (lay bought of ....................................................
                                                  Representative. 
            TI E II"    M E   N ITRSERY        COMPANY. 
                         13 IL )OMINGTON, 1 LL. 
 The following hill of trees for the urpomse of imijroving ,ny prolwrty:
 ......... Appie Bud ..................... Raspberry ............ 
 .......P        lum  .......................... B lackberry  ..............
 .    100 ...... C herry  ....................... .. Straw berry  ..............
 ...P           efir ............. .................... R ose ... ...........
                           AGREEMENT. 
    We desire to show to our patrons the profits in growing a five acre 
 Cherry orchard; by the latest, and most approved method of Pollenizing.
 In order to grow perfect formation of fruit, we find by experience, the
only 
 safe way is to grow fruit by Pollenizing. Therefore the grower has per-
 feet fruit to place on the market at the highest prices and no trouble is
 found to sell all he can grow. (This method is endorsed by Preserving and
 Canning Companies). 
    The trimming of young trees is a most inmportant element in their care
aind future development, and in order to insure perfect trees to our patrons
at hearing age, are to lie trinumed and cared for by The Home Nursery 
(ompany, at such time and in such nmanner as said Company may deem 
lest; and if said trees are not as represented, and should any of said trees
(lie from any fault of said Company within five years after planting of 
said orchard, said trees will be replaced free of charge by the Home Nursery
Company. 
   At the expiration of said term of years the purchaser will have an orchard
of hearing trees. The purchaser is to set the trees in accordance with the
book of instructions given him for that purpose by our representative. It
is further agreed that The Home Nursery Company is to buy and pick all 
fruit of the varieties mentioned on back of this agreement at market prices.
I. being the purchaser of this commercial orchard agree to haul this fruit
io the Preserving and Canning Company or the nearest railroad station. 
Upon these conditions we guarantee perfect success. The Thome Nursery 
Coompany. 
Terms $ ...55. ... ('ash on delivery and one-half of 1915 crop of cherries.
T rees to be delivered  at ................................................
in the Fall of 1910 for which I promise to pay you or your Order 
................ Fifty-five.............. D ollars  .................. Cents
in cash on day of delivery. No countermanding. Notice to be sent of day 
,f delivery. 
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L o ca tio n . ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... .. ... .. ... .. ...
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   Note.-On the back of the contract 
 appears a list as follows: 50 Ostheim, 
 50 Northwest. 
   Will someone please tell us what 
 is meant by    the "most approved 
 method of pollenizing" and what place 
 it has in a nursery contract? Now we 
 do not propose to characterize this as 
 a swindle, cheat or fraud, we merely 
 give - the facts.  Our readers are 
 capable of forming their own con- 
 clusions. 
   We are not attempting to set the 
 price at which cherry trees shall be 
 sold in this state, nor are we par- 
 ficularly concerned if some one pays 
 two and one-half to five times as 
 much for trees as they are worth, but 
 we are concerned in promoting the 
 fruit growing industry in Wisconsin 
 on a sound and substantial basis and 
 we are well convinced that the plac- 
 ing of contracts, such as these, is a 
 decided detriment and will result in 
 time in a set-back to successful cherry 
 raising. 
   In conclusion, we give herewith a 
 few facts regarding cherry culture in 
 Wisconsin, prices of stock, etc. 
   (1) Sections  adapted  to   cherry 
 culture; 
     (a) The Door County peninsula 
 and Washington Island. 
     (b) The eastern counties border- 
 ing on Lake Michigan. 
     (c) Southerni and southwestern 
Wisconsin, an indefinite designation, 
but meant to include at least the three 
southern tiers of counties. 
     (d) A section indefinite in area 
along the shores of Ashland Bay and 
Lake Superior, including the Wash- 
burn, Bayfield, and Port Wing regions. 
The raising of cherries on a commer- 
cial basis has not been thoroughly 
tested  here, but preliminary   tests 
show much promise. 
  In the remaining parts of the state, 
the north central and northwestern 
parts, cherry raising has not so far 
leen successful and there is not at 
present any good reason for believing 
that cherry orchards will be profitable 
there. Residents of these parts of 
the state should wait until further 
tests are made before planting ex- 
tensively. At the following places 
cherries  have   failed  repeatedly: 
Wausau, Barren, Marshfield. 
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