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Parent Issue
Day
3
Month
February
Year
1899
Copyright
Public Domain
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Aun Arbor will miss the greatest opportunity of its history if it neglects to secure a beet sugar factory at once. Realizing to some extent this fact a number of public spirited citizens met at "Wadhams, Ryan & Reule's store l'riday evening to talk over the matter. Mayor Hiscock called the meeting to order and spoke of the importance of the matter. There was no question but that a factory would be of great material advantage to Ann Arbor, and would not only help the farmer, but every line of business in the city. In Bay City real estáte values had been greatly enhanced and all the business men had been greatly beneflted. He had been informed that the country in this vicinity was especially adapted to raising sugar beets. It was a large undertaking. The smallest factory would cost 1300,000 and from that up to $450,000. To secure it will require the united efforts of everyone in the city. He said he would like very much to see such a factory started and called upon Mr. J. D. Ryan. Mr. Ryan spoke of the effect of the beet sugar factory in Bay City as simply wonderful. Two or three years ago business in that city was absolutely lifeless. The vast improvement there is attributable to the beet factory. Farm land has increased in value from $20 to $60 an acre. Farmers told him thi.t they netted from $29 to $65 au acre after figuring out their labor. A factory here would mean $200,000 to $250,000 paid out here. William Ball, of Hamburg, recently attended a farmers' institute at Bay City and siuce he carne home has been trying :o make arrangements whereby he could ship beets from his farm in Hamburg to a Bay City factory. The first factory in Bay City is so successful that stock for the other factories was quickly subscribed. There are no dozen factoires can do as much for a town as a beet sugar factory could do. H W. Douglas said he didn't know anything about sugar until two weeks igo, since which time he had been looking it up. He had been told that a small sized plant was not as profltable as a larger sized one. A 500 ton plant working 100 days would need 50,000 ;ons of beets which at $4 a ton would jring $200,000 to the farmers in one season. If the sugar beets were more ;han 12 per cent sugar the farmers would get more. The people who put n the machinery guarantee to produce sugar for 3 cents a pound. In 100 days such a sized factory would produce 9,000,000 pounds of sugar. S. W. Beakes, when called on, spoke along the line of the articles which ïave already appeared in the Argus. 3e was confident that the factory would be of great and lasting benefit ;o the community. He spoke of the arge sum sent out of the connty each year for sugar. P. G. Suekey was called upon to talk as an expert on the subject. He spoke of his employment in the beet sugar factories of Germany, before coming to this country, and of his work at Bay City, where he was employed n the first factory there. The German statistics showed that land on which beets were raised every fourth year produced from a third to a half more of other crops in other years. He ;hought the soil of this county the est that could be found for sugar beets. He told how successful the Bay 3ity factory had been as a money maker, besides enhancng the value of ;he property thereabouts. There was no difference between beet sugar and cane sugar. They were chemically the same. The American Sugar Trnst imported beet sugar as well as cane, but consumers could not teil the difference !or there was none. The consumption of sugar doubles itself every 15 years. It would take 16 factories to supply his state alone With sugar. He was asked and answered mauy questions ndicating that all present were taking a decided interest in the subject. Senator Ward was called out and said that he had heard nothing in Lansing about the sugar bounty as yet, but expressed himelf as personally opposed to it. J. D. Ryan and Titus F. Hutzel ook issue with him on this point and he explained that he was expressing simply his own opinión and not how ie would act. Titus F. Hutzel favored a factory ind thought some action should be taken to interest capital. County Clerk J. F. Schuh moved he appointment of a committee to arange for a meeting. This committee onsists of Mayor Hiscock, Titus F. Hutzel and H. W. Douglas. They were also instructed to endeavor to get ome of the capitalists to go to Bay City to investígate the factory and conditions there. E. S. Gilmore thought ie might secure permission from his general passenger agent for passes over he Ann Arbor road and a numner sresent offered to contribute to their other expenses. E. H. Scott, Wm. Dansingburg and others asked qnestions or made remarks indicating great interest in the project. The meeting seemed to be a unit in the opinión that Ann Arbor was missing its greatest opportnnity, if it did not at once bnild a beet sugar factory.