The Grand Rapids Daily Democrat says that seventeen years ago was organized the Michigan State Horticultural Society, an association which has grown to be one of the most vigorous and useful of all the societies of the State devoted to advancement of special interests. It has come to be one of the most important of its kind in the country, and its annual volumes are recognized as pomological authority everywhere, and the good it has done in promoting fruit growing in Michigan is incalculable.

The early years of the society were days of small things. It kept the character of a local society for some time, but when T. T. Lyon, of South Haven, became president, in 1875, and was joined by C. W. Garfield, of Grand Rapids, as secretary, the following year, the society took on new energy and a new character. To Mr. Lyon the welfare of the society has been a first love, and he has given it a vast amount of unselfish and unrequited labor. He has been intelligently and industriously aided by Mr. Garfield, whose enthusiasm and genius in hard work have been most fortunately combined with the efforts of the venerable president. These two have been re chosen year by year, and doubtless will be as long as they are willing to accept a modicum of honor with an excess of responsibility and labor.