History of INGA written in 1963


The Northern Nut Growers Association is an organization of people who are interested in nut trees and their propagation. In 1952, Indiana had 59 members who belonged to the NNGA. At that time there was considerable interest in the propagation of nut trees, in the Grant County, Indiana area and it was decided to hold a local meeting.


The first such meeting was held on Monday, August 11, 1952, at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Andrew, Matter Park Road, Marion, Indiana. Notices were sent out to the 59 members of the NNGA in Indiana and to others who were interested in nut tree propagating. Prof J. C. McDaniel    Extension Horticulturist, of the University of Illinois, Urbana, who was at the time the secretary of the NNGA gave a grafting and budding demonstration of methods used in propagating nut trees.

This was followed by a field trip to the various nut tree plantings in this area.


 Due to the success of this meeting it was decided to hold another meeting. This meeting was held in the Recreation Room of the Indiana and Michigan Electric Company.  This was well attended meeting and the program consisted of an address by Mr. W. B. Ward, Extension Horti­culturist, Purdue University on "Nut Tree Propagation." This was fol­lowed by a panel discussion on "Nut Trees for the Home" and an illustrated talk on "Nut Tree Varieties" by Mr. Ford Wallick and Mr. Ray Kaufman.


Due to the success of the two meetings and the interest created, many letters were received by Mr. E. W. Pape, who was at that time one of the vice-presidents of the NNGA, urging that an Indiana Nut Growers Association be formed. Mr. John Talbott of Linton, Indiana offered to set up a meeting place for this purpose. Mr. Pape, taking advantage of this offer, sent out notices to all Indiana members of the NNGA and to others interested.


This meeting was held August 23, 1953, at Humpherys Park, Linton, Indiana. Mr. Pape acting as chairman, called the meeting to order and after some discussion it was voted to organize the Indiana Nut Growers Association. The election of officers followed, with the following;

Mr. John Talbott, president; Mr. Howard Woodward, vice-president; Mrs. Franklin M. Harrell, secretary-treasurer; directors: Mr. Dwight Flanigan, Mr. Edward W. Pape, Mr. J. Ford Wilkinson. Mr. Woodward offered to edit and publish the first news letter of the INGA. President Talbott appointed Mr. Pape to draw up a constitution and by-laws for the INGA. The business meeting was followed by a field trip to the nut tree and fruit orchard of Ferd Bolten.


The membership of the INGA increased by leaps and bounds due to the efforts of the members and the articles in the Indianapolis newspapers by Mr. Tubby Toms and Mrs. Margaret Smith. Mr. W. B. Ward creat­ed much interest and enrolled many new members by means of the talks that he gave to many Garden Clubs and other organizations.


The Display of nuts set up by Mr. Ward, in conjunction with the Ind­iana Horticulture Society and the Purdue Horticulture Show created much interest and many new members. At the end of October 1960 the INGA had over 500 members.


In order to create more interest in nut trees and nut tree propaga­tion and increase the membership of the INGA, this committee has drawn up the accompanying questionnaire, which is to be sent to all present mem­bers and to those who for some reason or another have dropped out and others who might be interested. We hope that the answers and suggestions that we will receive will give us some basis on which to create interest in nut trees and their propagation and more members for the Indiana Nut Growers Association who would be able to help out in this program.       


One of the more important aims of the INGA is to give more people a better understanding of nut trees that grow well and bear nuts in Indiana. Most of you know that the following species and varieties will grow and produce nuts in Indiana: named varieties of black walnut, selected varieties of pecan, hickory nuts, chestnuts, chinquapins, filberts and hazel nuts, Japanese walnuts, English (Persian) walnuts and various hybrids such as the Hican and Buart.


In addition to the nuts that these trees produce they are useful for timber and are being used more and more as ornamentals for shade and beauty.

Publicity Committee, Edward Pape, Chairman