As has become my custom, I am enlarging upon the bare details of this Postal Card to create a story about its purpose and effect.
Mr. Henry Wicher was a busy man, having just completed his move from Newbury, Vermont to the town of Ryegate, Vermont.
Newbury and Ryegate lie a bit to the east of the state capital, Montpelier, not far from the border of New Hampshire. Although the towns were only 12 miles apart, Henry's new residence lay outside the boundaries of Orange County, where he had lived for some time.
A successful farmer, Mr Wicher was a Director of the Orange County Agricultural Society. The Society organized the Orange County Fair each year.
The Orange County Fair had a long and distinguished history.
In June of 1874, the officers and Directors of the Orange County Agricultural Society were summoned to a meeting for the purpose of renting grounds, appointing judges, and arranging the the premium list.
(The "premium list" was a detailed guide to the rules and standards of the Fair. The book was published, including local advertisements.)
The announcement was forwarded to Mr. Wicher's new home in South Ryegate, which created a dilemma for Henry.
Could he continue to serve as a Director of the Orange County Agricultural Society, even though he had established a farm in Caledonia County?
There will be a meeting of the Officers and Directors of the Orange County Agricultural Society at the Trotter House, Bradford, June 30, '74 at 10 o'clock, A.M., for the purpose of renting grounds, appointing Judges, and arranging premium list.
E.R. Hyde, Secretary.