This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V22", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
The Annual Meeting of this very useful body will be held at Gettysburg, on Wednesday, January 19th, 1881.
The next annual meeting of this Society will be held in Bethlehem, Pa., on Wednesday and Thursday, January 21st and 22d, 1880. Excursion rates will be granted from all points on Philadelphia & Reading Rail Road, also by North Penn. and Bound Brook divisions from Philadelphia and intermediate points to Bethlehem and return. Tickets will be good from Tuesday, Jan. 20th to Monday, Jan. 26th, inclusive. Excursion tickets can be obtained only upon presentation of a printed order furnished by the Companies, which, with other information, can be had by addressing the Secretary, E. B. Engle at Marietta, Pa. The Society has not held a meeting in this section of the State for some years and an interesting: and profitable meeting may be expected.
The annual meeting was held at Bethlehem, Pa., according to announcement, and was a very successful one. A much larger number of members than usual were present. Much of the unusual success was due to Secretary Eugle, who proves to be one of the cases where the right man falls into the right place.
More than usual interest was taken in the peach, by an introductory address by John Rut-ter, Esq., of West Chester, who has been in the past one of the most successful of Pennsylvania peach growers. It was clear from his remarks that cheap land is not always the prime item of success in peach growing. There were discussed all the troubles about marketing, commission men, getting ready before ripe, glutting the markets, railroad transportation, and loads of other troubles, all got rid of by having young peach orchards a little nearer to the large city.
The only disease or trouble of any sort that was of any consequence to the peach was the yellows, but this was really a very small trouble in the districts about Philadelphia.
In regard to the profit of orcharding, the discussions were very earnest, and in most cases the members took what might be regarded as the conservative view. The real difficulties, the dark side, as well as the bright side of the subject, was shown, and that only those who made it a good business study could succeed. One essay showing that fruit growing could never be overdone, had to run the gauntlet of this conservative discussion, to the great profit of those who were anxious to get rich in the fruit growing field.
The other matters were more of a local than general interest, referring chiefly to varieties for local culture, buds, tree peddlers, flower gardening, and adornments of grounds. Judge Stitzel, of Reading, was elected President for the next year and Gettysburg as the place of meeting.