From a speech delivered by T. L. Bewick, agent in charge of boys’ and girls’ club work, University of Wisconsin Extension, circa 1914, entitled “The Wisconsin Farm Orchard — What Shall Be Done With It?”:
I have confidence in the American farmer today that his aim is to act wisely as far as he knows and it is the duty of this society to see that he is enlightened.
I’m glad that I live in this progressive age. I’m proud to be a citizen of this great state. “The Wisconsin Idea” abroad in the land fills me with enthusiasm. The greatest inspiration I have received as a student of the U.W. is a knowledge of the excellent work of the Wisconsin Pure Seed Association, sending its pedigrees throughout the length and breadth of the land with their challenging insignia “Grown in Wisconsin” — but such inspiration and egotism can only be justified in the loyal citizen who stands ready to hold up Wisconsin’s reputation and to fight to raise her standards in every line of occupation.
Talk about an over-the-top profession of progressivism! LaFollette’s ears must have been ringing. (Of course, you gotta love the bit about the seed association. At least, I do, after having reread The Business of Breeding and skimmed through First the Seed today…)
I love the archives.