42nd Annual Meeting Of The Michigan State Horticultural Society
( Originally Published Early 1900's )
HELD AT GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN, NOVEMBER 12, 13, 14, 1912.
The meeting was promptly called to order by President T. A. Far-rand.
INVOCATION BY MR. EDWARD HUTCHINS.
"Our Father who art in Heaven we raise our hearts, as we are at this moment our voices, to Thee in gratitude. Thou who inhabitest Eternity, Thou who are the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the great first-cause of all things, we adore Thy name because of Thy wonderful majesty and of thy wonderful mercy. We would thank Thee for Thy preserving care which has been over us during the year that is past and gone. We would thank Thee for the wonderful prosperity with which our fields have been blessed; we thank Thee for the blessings and privileges that have been ours to enjoy. And now while we are together here for a short time to deliberate upon the best means for carrying forward the work Thou hast committed to us, we would implore Thy divine blessing. Give us a keen perception of right and wrong; help us to have high standards in all our work and carry it forward with an eye single to Thy glory. And while we are here let brotherly good feeling go from one to another, and may we feel at the close of this session that it has been one of the best that we have had, and may we return to our homes with a full determination to improve upon the lessons of the past and make our work more worthy of the high calling to which Thou hast called us; and while Thou dost minister to our bodily needs. we pray that Thou wilt also minister to our spiritual needs. Lead and guide us in paths of righteousness and at last receive us to Thyself above. We ask it all in Thy name. Amen."
THE PRESIDENT'S ADDRESS.
According to the program, the President's Annual Address is next in order. Judging the future by the past I think the members of this society know what they may expect in the President's Annual Address. I might deliver a long speech discussing the different phases of our work but what would be the benefit of this? I wish to take up just as little time in this direction as possible, for we are here for business. I may say, however, that if there ever was a time when we needed to be alert, when we as fruit-growers should get right down to business, it is now; for with the problems that have confronted us during the past seasons, we need to seriously, soberly and earnestly consider them and seek to avoid mistakes that many of us have made in the past year. The year that has gone by has been one where many of us have met our "Waterloo" and I feel sometimes as though in many respects we have been a failure in another way. Personally I feel that way, and especially as by my advice a good many in years past have been induced to go into the apple business and today they are plying me with questions and advice as to how they can get out of the orchard business what they were to believe was in it but which they have been unable to secure. This past year they have raised their apples; they have got fruit but there are no buyers in the field, and they do not know what to do with their products.
This is not the condition that is peculiar to our own state alone, it is general. Orchardists of other states have met with the same difficulty.
I cannot believe that the comparatively few hundreds of people who have been induced to go into this business have been able to raise so much fruit that there is such an enormous over-production as to cause the present low price. Especially do I think so when there are right here in our own country ninety-five million of people to eat it for nine months of the year. The whole trouble I believe is that there is some-thing wrong in the marketing. If we can do anything to help that end of the problem it is the thing we must do. We must try to get at the bottom of this matter and inaugurate some plans or methods by which our fruits can be marketed and we receive something like a price, commensurate with the costs of production.
This will probably all come out later in the discussion and now with-out any further words go on and take up the first thing on the program.
Before we take up the regular program, the first topic for consideration is: "How Best to Feed the Apple Orchard," by Mr. Luther E. Hall, of Ionia, who will address you.