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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)

Richardson, C. L.
The Stanley district,   pp. 104-106 PDF (651.3 KB)


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deal of difficulty in getting land at what would seem to be a very
reasonable price as compared with what is to be found in many
sections. The cultivated lands there run in price all the way
from $40 to $75 per acre, and the wild lands are perhaps as low
as $10 or $12, and up to $20 per acre, so that it would not entail
great expense upon any one who wished to go into the country
and go into the raising of fruit.  A great deal of this wild
country of which I speak has been logged over, but there is a
great deal of small timber left on it, so that many of the people
who have gone in there have found that the amount of material
that they are getting off the land is aiding them very materially
in their efforts to pay for the land. The section north of the
tract has good railroad facilities. There is the Wisconsin Cen-
tral running east and west along the southern border of this
section of which I have spoken. It is cut diagonally from north-
west to southwest, by the new extension of the Soo Line to the
head of the Lakes, and a local logging road starts about forty
miles up in the country, cutting it from southwest to northeast,
so that any one wishing to go in there would find that while it
is virgin country, that they would still be in close touch with
civilization.
One last fact I might perhaps present, and that is that some
of us got together this year and decided that we would put up
a county exhibit at the State Fair, and among other things wte
had a fruit exhibit, and our fruit exhibit took second place in
the rating at the Milwaukee State Fair and every bit of that
fruit was grown in Chippewa County and perhaps one-half or
more of it was grown in the eastern half of Chippewa County,
omitting from this the apples that came from the Melville sec-
tion and from the northern part of the county. From that it
would seem that while only in a small way, yet that section is
actually producing fruit of superior quality.
Mr. G. J. Kellogg: How much of that country that you de-
scribe is similar in soil to Mr. Melville's ground?
Mr. Richardson: While none is exactly similar, there is a
considerable area of good apple land between Stanley and
Hannibal. Much of the land for 6 or 7 miles north of Stanley
and Boyd is adapted to orchard purposes, and also an area from
Stanley to Thorp and 7 or 8 miles south of Thorp-making 8 or
10 townships in all.
A Member: What varieties are you raising?
Mr. Richardson. At the Fair, this year we had Wealthy
Duchess, Northwestern Greening, the finest Patten's Greening
that I ever saw in mv life: we had MeMhasnn'g Wbita thhv xwrwAv
WINTER MEETING.
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