Speach by Clarence Poe (editor, Progressive Farmer)
(recollection of North Carolina agriculture around 1900; given
at the dedication of Kilgore Hall)
The outlook for North Carolina agricutlure was certainly not
good in the first half of 1899 when Dr. Kilgore came back, nor
in the latter half when I became editor of the Progressive Farmer.
North Carolina at that time was still called 'The Rip Van Winkle
State' it had so long been asleep, and some punster has said that
if Resurrection Day had come and North Carolina had heard the
call to 'Come forth,' it would have come fifth. Even a distinguished
and brilliant President of State College, Dr. George T. Winston,
publicly declared in substance that as he could see no real future
for North Carolina as an agricultural state we should concentrate
on its industrial development. Ten times more people farmed by
the moon's phases than farmed by our agricultural colleges.