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Guide to the El Cajon Horticultural Society Records MS 254
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El Cajon Horticultural Society Records (ledger), 1889 July 10-1909 November 13

Entries of interest:

July 10, 1889: First meeting of the Society, includes constitution, bylaws, election of officers, and "List of Members."
November 23, 1889: Negotiates with the San Diego Flume Company about the construction of artesian wells and water rates.
January 2, 1897: Meeting discussion includes methods for deterring squirrels and rabbits from gardens.
February 2, 1898: Meeting discussion regarding dairy farming methods.
April 16, 1898: Meeting devoted to discussion of fertilizer.
May 12, 1900: Meeting discussion discusses the gardening method of budding and grafting. Members also discuss the need to diminish the number of drinking and gambling establishments in El Cajon.
June 9, 1900: Discussion on budding and grafting continues. Members also discuss citrus gardening methods.
April 14, 1909: In depth discussion of water development and forest preservation.
August 14, 1909: The Society renames itself the "El Cajon Valley Improvement Association." A typewritten copy of the newly adopted by-laws and constitution is attached to pages 96-98. Society indicates their new goal is "the improvement of horticulture and agriculture, the highways, home adornment and the mutual interested of its members." In article 7, section 2 of the new constitution (page 97), the members indicate their desire to establish an agricultural library.
November 13, 1909: Last recorded meeting. The Society discusses the possibility of increasing trade with other California cities, such as San Francisco. It is agreed by the society members that cooperating with other buyers from throughout the state will help improve local market conditions.