The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 45, July 1941 - April, 1942 Page: 44
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
of stimulating new thought, new effort, and better
methods in farm practice."'
The bulletins he published as agricultural commissioner were
made up of chapters by nurserymen from different sections
of Texas. Two of these, "Pecans and Other Nuts in Texas"
and "Corn Culture," are still being reprinted by the Depart-
ment of Agriculture, a high compliment to Colonel Milner's
judgment in his selection of contributors.
Throughout the South during this time there was a vigorous
effort being made to enroll all interested people in the Southern
Cotton Association. The program required the farmers
1. To raise the price of cotton for living prices,
not ever less than eight cents.
2. To reduce cotton acreage in order to prevent
3. To grow larger supplies of food crops and feed-
4. To protect cotton against weather damage and
loss while marketing slowly.
5. To increase American consumption of cotton
twine, bags, and other forms of cotton goods.168
Rusk County was active in the movement, and one of its
leading citizens, Mr. J. C. Hickey, was unanimously elected
at Birmingham, Alabama, in January, 1907, as vice-pres-
ident of the Association. 69 In 1908, Ellison Durant ("Cot-
ton Ed") Smith of South Carolina, who was field agent for the
Association, traveled over the East Texas district in the com-
pany of Colonel Milner, organizing the farmers throughout that
section. Later that same year Colonel Milner was elected
president of the Rusk County division of the Association with
Lon A. Smith as secretary of the unit.
In the spring of 1908, Colonel Milner was tendered the editor-
ship of the Texas Farm and Ranch.'70 This offer he declined,
although it was more remunerative than the office of Com-
missioner of Agriculture.
68s"Why Hold Texas Cotton?" a circular put out by the Southern Cotton
Association found in the R. T. Milner Portfolio in the University Archives.
'69The Henderson Times-Rusk County News, January 30, 1907, p. 2.
17'E. W. Winkler, Diary, p. 24.
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