110 Years Ago
Each year this column spends at least one week reminding readers of our agricultural roots, always with the observation that while today we are a school with a farm program, we started out as a farm with a school program.
from The Hermonite, vol. XX, no. 2; p. 23 (October 13, 1906).
At the recent fairs held at Greenfield and Brattleboro, the number of prizes taken by Mount Hermon products demonstrated the value of scientific methods as applied to agriculture.
At Greenfield there was scarcely any competition except in vegetables and Holstein cattle. Mount Hermon out of a possible fifteen first prizes won twelve. At Brattleboro, on the other hand, competition was exceedingly keen. Honors were not numerous, and consequently a blue ribbon possessed the greater value. Both of Mount Hermon’s herds, Ayrshires and Holsteins, won prizes. But the most notable prize at Brattleboro, concerning which competition was keenest, was a $50 silver cup offered by the secretary of the National Ayrshire Breeder’s Association for the cow making the most milk and butter in twenty-four hours. This cup, awarded to Mount Hermon on the Ayrshire, Rose Franklin, will be placed in the Library.
Mr. Mallette, the gardener, was unusually successful with the fruit and vegetables of his exhibit, receiving a large number of first and a few special prizes.
Over two hundred fifty tons of hay, probably the largest crop in the history of the farm, has been gathered and there is still more to be cut.
The Secretary’s Cup still shines in Schauffler Library. – ed.