Trees, Fruits and Flowers
EMBRACING THE TRANSACTIONS OF THE
MINNESOTA STATE HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY
EDITED BY THE SECRETARY,
A. W. LATHAM,
Office and Library, 207 Kasota Block,
the forty-ninth annual meeting of the Minnesota State
Horticultural Society. Nearly half a century has elapsed
since that little band of pioneers met in Rochester and
organized that they might work out a problem that had
proven too difficult for any of them to handle single
handed and alone. Those men were all anxious to raise at
least sufficient fruit for themselves and families. They
had tried and failed. They were not willing to give up.
They knew they could accomplish more by interchanging
ideas, and, furthermore, if they were able to learn
anything by experience they wanted to pass it on to
built better than they knew. The foundation was properly
laid, and the structure, while not finished, is an
imposing one. A great many people believe that this
structure has been completed, that we have reached our
possibilities in fruit raising. This is only half true.
We are still building on this splendid foundation
erected by those few enthusiasts.
those men are left to enjoy the benefits of their labor.
The present generation and the generations to come are
and will be the beneficiaries, and I believe as a
tribute to their memory and the good that they have done
that we should fittingly celebrate our fiftieth
anniversary. At this time I can not suggest how this
should be done; I simply make this suggestion in hopes
that it may be worked out..........................