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Wisconsin Thematic Panel 498-506

Wisconsin Thematic Panel 498-506 | Historical Object | Wisconsin Historical Society
Cranberry growing has been and is one of the most profitable and picturesque branches of agriculture in Wisconsin. In the 1860's and 1870's, land previously thought worthless was found to yield crops of berries, even from wild vines, which sold readily in Chicago. Though restricted to certain areas in the center of the state, gradual technical improvements, importation of cultured vines, land, preparation, water control, pest control and mechanization of harvesting and packaging have resulted in a large modern industry. <br><br>Asa Curtis Bennett, pioneer cranberry grower in Wood County<br><br>Dusting a cranberry marsh with insecticide<br><br>Reservoir to hold the large quantities of water needed to flood cranberry marshes for harvesting and for protection against frost<br><br>Until recently, large numbers of workers were temporarily employed in early fall to harvest the cranberry crop by hand, using specially designed scoop "rakes". The champion in a 1937 competition, a Winnebago Indian, raked 400 quarts (12 1/2 bushels) in 20 minutes. This work is now mechanized on all large marshes.<br><br>Mural painting in the Post Office at Berlin, Wis.<br><br>Cranberry cleaning apparatus, 1934. Later this operation was automated.
DESCRIPTION
Cranberry growing has been and is one of the most profitable and picturesque branches of agriculture in Wisconsin. In the 1860's and 1870's, land previously thought worthless was found to yield crops of berries, even from wild vines, which sold readily in Chicago. Though restricted to certain areas in the center of the state, gradual technical improvements, importation of cultured vines, land, preparation, water control, pest control and mechanization of harvesting and packaging have resulted in a large modern industry.

Asa Curtis Bennett, pioneer cranberry grower in Wood County

Dusting a cranberry marsh with insecticide

Reservoir to hold the large quantities of water needed to flood cranberry marshes for harvesting and for protection against frost

Until recently, large numbers of workers were temporarily employed in early fall to harvest the cranberry crop by hand, using specially designed scoop "rakes". The champion in a 1937 competition, a Winnebago Indian, raked 400 quarts (12 1/2 bushels) in 20 minutes. This work is now mechanized on all large marshes.

Mural painting in the Post Office at Berlin, Wis.

Cranberry cleaning apparatus, 1934. Later this operation was automated.
RECORD DETAILS
Image ID:102571
Creation Date:
Creator Name:Vanderbilt, Paul
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Collection Name:Vanderbilt, Paul : Wisconsin Thematic Panels Project, 1965-1967 and 1982-1984
Genre:Historical Object
Original Format Type:photographic print, b&w
Original Format Number:PH 5000.498-506
Original Dimensions:60 x 18 inches
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Panel consists of:

Image ID: 105710 PH 5000.498-506.0498 Image ID: 105711 PH 5000.498-506.0499 Image ID: 105713 PH 5000.498-506.0500 Image ID: 105714 PH 5000.498-506.0501 Image ID: 84826 PH 5000.498-506.0502 Image ID: 105715 PH 5000.498-506.0503 Image ID: 105718 PH 5000.498-506.0504 Image ID: 105719 PH 5000.498-506.0505 Image ID: 105719 PH 5000.498-506.0506

SUBJECTS
Agricultural implements
Cranberries
Fields (Agriculture)
Harvesting
Hats
Suits (Clothing)
Work clothes
Indoor photography
Men
Outdoor photography
Water
Farmers

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