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)
96 WISCONSIN STATE HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY. GARDEN OF EDEN. G. W. REIGLE, Madison. I must confess that I never approached any report with more anticipated pleasure than I have in the preparation of this re- port, the facts for which were obtained during my journey to Eau Claire and Chippewa Counties in the early days of October last. Old-fashioned honesty constrains me to acknowledge the courtesy and the interest manifested by the little Dutch Giant of the Chippewa, the Hon. C. H. Daub of the 2nd Eau Claire Assembly district. He it was who urged upon your representa- tive the hospitality of a well-appointed and cultured home where every known food grown in the torrid and temperate zones graced and burdened the banquet board, where for the time being his amiable wife and family became as it were a body- guard for my safety and comfort. He it was who made it possible for me to visit about twenty farms with orchards in the short space of two days. You should also know why this trip was undertaken so you may judge whether our investigation was a legitimate expendi- ture of public money. At six o'clock P. M. Sept. 29th, Secretary Cranefield tele- phoned me to meet him at the North-Western Ry. station, say- ing he had an important message for me. The message was that he had received discouraging reports announcing the ruin- ous prices at which choice Duchess and Wealthy apples were selling at in the cities of Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls. He said that he considered it his duty and the express busi- ness of this society to investigate the report and if found to be true, to inaugurate measures which should result in furnishing to the growers a remunerative market elsewhere and informed me that I must go for he could not. Accordingly at six o'clock the next morning I was well started on my way toward an un- discovered garden of Eden. On investigation I found that from Sept. 30th to Oct. 3rd, inclusive, good apples in the city of Eau Claire were retailing from the stores at from 30 cents per peck to 45 cents per peck. The price to the growers for the same apples was not less
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