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To His Excellency, LON V. STEPHENS, Governor :

This report of our Society work, of the meetings held, of the Omaha Exhibit, of the moneys expended and of the local societies and counties reporting for the year 1897 is respectfully submitted.

L. A GOODMAN, Secretary,

Westport, Mo.

City of Jefferson, December 22, 1898. To the Commissioners of Public Printing:

I require for the use of my office Four Thousand copies of Missouri State Horticultural Society Report for 1898-Two Thousand to be bound in cloth and Two Thousand to be bound in paper-which I desire as per accompanying sample.

L. A. GOODMAN, Secretary,

Westpor:, Mo. Approved :

A. A, LESUEUR, Secretary of State.
J. M. SEIBERT, State Auditor.
F. L. PITTS, State Treasurer.

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O. WIDMAN, Old Orchard. C. W. MURTFELDT, Kirkwood. C. HOWARD, Willow Springs.

Injurious Fungi.
PROF. J. C. WHITTEN, Columbia.


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Horticultural Education. Chairman, G. B. LAMM, Sedalia. L, A. GOODMAN, Westport. PROF. J. C. WHITTEN, Columbia. MRS. G. E. DUGAN, Sedalia.


PROF. J. R. KIRK, Jefferson City.


Organized January 5, 1859, at Jefferson City.



The following law was passed by the last Legislature incorporating the State Horticultural Society. The Executive Committee met soon after the passage of this act and accepted its provisions, and at the semi-annual meeting of the Society at Columbia, June 6, 7, 8, 1893, the act was adopted as part of the constitution of the Society.

MEMBERSHIP. Under the new constitution the law requires the payment of $i per year for membership fee. Life membership, $10.

L. A. GOODMAN, Secretary.


The Missouri Horticultural Society is hereby instituted and created a body corporate, to be named and styled as above, and shall have perpetual succession, power to sue and be sued, complain and defend in all courts, and to make and use a common seal and alter the same at pleasure.

The Missouri State Horticultural Society shall be composed of such persons as take an interest in the advancement of Horticulture in this State, who shall apply for membership and pay into the Society treasury the sum of one dollar per year, or ten dollars for a life membership, the basis for organization to be the Missouri State Horticultural Society, as now known and existing, and whose expenses have been borne and annual reports paid for by appropriations from the State treasury. The business of the Society, so far as it relates to transactions with the State, shall be conducted by an Executive Board, to be composed of the President, VicePresident, Second Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer, who shall be elected by ballot at an annual meeting of the Society. The Governor of the State shall be ex-officio a member of the Board-all other business of the Society to be conducted as its by-laws may direct. All appropriations made by the State for the aid of the Society shall be expended by means of requisitions to be made by order of the Board on the State Auditor, signed by the President and Secretary and attested with the seal; and the Treasurer shall annually publish a detailed statement of the expenditures of the Board, covering all moneys received by it. The Public Printer shall annually, under the direction of the Board, print such number of the reports of the proceedings of the Board, Society and auxiliary sccieties as may, in the judgment of the State Printing Commission, be justified by the appropriation made for that purpose by the General Assembly, such annual report not to contain more than 400 pages. The Secretary of the Society shall receive a salary of eight hundred dollars per annum as full compensation for his services; all other officers shall serve without compensation, except that they may receive their actual expenses in attending meetings of the Board.


Article I. This association shall be known as the Missouri State Horticultural Society. Its object shall be the promotion of horticulture in all its branches.

ART. II. Any person may become a member of this Society upon the payment of one dollar and membership shall continue upon the payment of one dollar annually. Provided, however, that no member shall be allowed to vote on a question of a change of the constitution or the election of officers of this Society until after they have been a member for a period of one year preceding the time of election, except in case of a life member.

The payment of ten dollars at any one time shall constitute a person a life member and honorary members may be elected at any regular meeting of the Society; and any lady may become a member by giving her name to the Secretary.

ART. III. The officers of this Sóciety shall consist of a President, Vice-President, Second Vice-President, a Secretary and a Treasurer, who shall be elected by ballot at each regular annual meeting, and whose term of office shall begin on the first day of June following their election.

T. IV. The elective officers of this Society shall constitute an Executive Committee, at any meeting of which a majority of the members shall have power to transact business. The other duties of the officers shall be such as usually pertain to the same officers in similar organizations.

Art. V. The regular meetings of this Society shall he held annually on the first Tuesdays in December and June, except when otherwise ordered by the Executive Committee. Special meetings of the Society may be called by the Executive Committee, and meetings of the committee by the President and Secretary.

Art. VI. As soon after each regular annual meeting as possible, the President shall appoint the following standing committees, and they shall be required to give a report, in writing, under their respective heads, at the annual and semi-annual meetings of the Society, of what transpires during the year of interest to the society: Orchards, Vineyards, Stone Fruits, Small Fruits, Vegetables, Flowers, Ornamentals, Entomology, Ornithology, Botany, Nomenclature, New Fruits, Injurious Fungi, Packing and Marketing Fruit and Transportation.

ART. VII. The Treasurer shall give a bond in twice the sum he is expected to handle, executed in trust to the President of this Society (forfeiture to be made to the Society), with two or more sureties, qualifying before a notary public, of their qualifications as bondsmen, as is provided by the statute concerning securities.

Art, VIII. This constitution may be amended by a two thirds vote of the members present at any regular meeting.

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