HISTORY OF HORTICULTURE IN MICHIGAN BY J. C. HOLIES, OF DETROIT
The association then proceeded to the election of officers for the following year, with the following result: President—A. C. Hubbard, Detroit. Vice President—J. T. Blois, Jonesville. Secretary—W. R, Gibson, Jackson.
The society then adjourned to meet at Jackson, on the 2d of September. On the 2d of September, 1856, the 'association met at Jackson. The president. Mr. Hubbard, being absent the chair was occupied by Mr. J. T. Blois, the vice president. The following gentlemen were elected members:
S. K. Noble, James De Puy, T. E. Gidley, H. T. Buck, P. B. Loomis and . &. Gidley.
A large collection of fruit was exhibited at this meeting The principal questions discussed during the session were the quality and the cultivation of several varieties of apple, pear, peach, strawberry and grape. The discussions were participated in by Messrs. Foote, T. E. Gidley, Willson, Knapp, Bort, Noble, Blois and Steere. Another subject discussed was the frauds that had been practiced upon western nurserymen and amateurs by eastern venders of trees. The society then adjourned, and this was the last meeting it ever held.
The Nurserymen -and Fruit Growers' Association having been winter killed, or from some other cause died out, there was a call from Clinton county, Kalamazoo county and other places for a meeting to be held at Jackson for the purpose of organizing a state horticultural society.
In September, 1857, pursuant to this call, a meeting was held at Jackson to form a state horticultural society. The meeting was called to order by Mr. C. K. Gibson of Jackson. On motion, T. T. Lyons of Plymouth was elected chairman and V. B. Merwin, of Moscow, secretary.
A constitution and by-laws were adopted and the association organized as "The Michigan State Horticultural Society. "
The following officers were elected:
President—Hezekiah G. Wells, of Kalamazoo.
Secretary—R. F. Johnston, of Detroit.
Treasurer—P. B. Loomis of Jackson.
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