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Working conditions in the cherry industry, 1950

The Cherry Industry in Door County


In the late 1940s, the number of migrant workers used to pick and process cherries in Door County and Kewaunee County continued to increase. Approximately 10,000 workers were employed during the 1948-1949 season. Ranging in age from 8 to 60, workers were paid on a per pail basis and lived in basic camp buildings provided by growers. This brochure from the Wisconsin Cherry Commission describes the recruitment of laborers and the conditions of work in the cherry industry from the perspective of the industry.

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Related Topics: Wisconsin's Response to 20th-century change
20th-Century Immigration
Creator: Wisconsin Cherry Commission
Pub Data: [Madison, Wis.?] : Wisconsin Cherry Commission : Wisconsin State Employment Service, [1950]. (EMP 2.6/2:C 35)
Citation: "The Cherry Industry in Door County." ([Madison, Wis.?] : Wisconsin Cherry Commission : Wisconsin State Employment Service, [1950]); online facsimile at http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints/search.asp?id=1341 Online facsimile at:  http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints/search.asp?id=1341; Visited on: 4/19/2014
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