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The early days of commercial cranberry growing in Wisconsin.

Cranberries. A Description of Great Marshes.


One of Wisconsin's most important crops is cranberries, an agricultural commodity whose cultivation began in the mid-19th century. This 1875 article describes the origins of commercial cranberry harvesting in central Wisconsin, during the period when wheat was becoming unprofitable and dairy had not yet reached its pre-eminence. It describes the largest and most successful bogs, methods of harvesting, wages of workers (many of whom were Ho-Chunk Indians), and market value of the harvest.

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Related Topics: Mining, Logging, and Agriculture
Farming and Rural Life
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Pub Data: Commercial Times (Milwaukee, Wis.), April 12, 1875
Citation: "Cranberries. A Description of Great Marshes." Commercial Times (Milwaukee, Wis.), April 12, 1875. Online facsimile at:  http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints/search.asp?id=938; Visited on: 4/17/2014
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