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Black Hawk County, Iowa 4-H History

Posted on 03/01/2018 at 3:31 PM
The Extension program started in Black Hawk County in 1912 in a livery stable in Cedar Falls. Mr. A. A. Burger assumed his duties as Black Hawk County’s first county agent that same year. At that time local farmers paid the expenses of the first county agent through an organization...

Adams County, Iowa 4-H History

Posted on 02/06/2018 at 3:45 PM
Adams County is a very rural county in southwest Iowa and is recognized as the smallest population county of the state with less than 4,000 residents in 2015. 4-H remains strong at about 90 club members in 3 traditional Adams County 4-H clubs. The county also has a Clover Kids...

Cedar County, Iowa 4-H History

Posted on 12/22/2017 at 8:55 AM
History of Cedar County 4-H 4-H officially started in Cedar County in the year 1918 with 2 boys and girls clubs organized and 25 youth involved. Of the 25 youth, there were 14 boys interested in the baby beef contest with only four boys completing the year. Part of this project...

Hancock County, Iowa 4-H History

Posted on 12/19/2017 at 11:56 AM
Hancock County Extension – 4-H History Extension work started in Hancock County as a result of the extension program and Farm Bureau being discussed by representatives of Iowa State College at the Farmer’s Institute held at Britt in 1917. During the first few years of extension work in the county the...

Des Moines County, Iowa 4-H History

Posted on 12/18/2017 at 9:23 AM
Story of 4-H and Youth Development in Des Moines County Around the turn of the 20th century, clubs for youth were formed to teach youth life skills. With the passage of the Smith-Lever Act in 1914, county agents in Iowa began to organize local clubs with the help of local...

Iowa County, 4-H History

Posted on 12/18/2017 at 9:18 AM
In the Beginning… Iowa County 4-H 4-H officially started in Iowa County in 1918 when D. H. Zentmire was hired as the County Agent. He started the boy’s commodity club work. The change to community club took place in 1929. Girl’s 4-H has always been on the community basis. In April...

Palo Alto County, Iowa 4-H History

Posted on 04/24/2017 at 3:19 PM
The first Palo Alto County 4-H Club started as a Purebred Gilt Club in July of 1920. Twenty young people signed up and six members actually starting with hogs. Agent France casually reports that five of the six originators completed the project with the sixth member unable to do so...

Mills County, Iowa 4-H History

Posted on 04/24/2017 at 11:59 AM
4-H in Mills County had its beginning following a trip to the Iowa State Fair in 1920 by Mrs. Will Bradley. She returned from the fair enthusiastic about the work of the 4-H clubs she saw there and joined with Ray Hilton and the county agent Fred Farquar in forming...

Grundy County, Iowa 4-H History

Posted on 04/24/2017 at 9:13 AM
4-H has played an important part in the lives of many youth and adults. 4-H had a simple beginning in Grundy County. L.W. Plager formed the first Baby Beef Club in 1916 and in 1917 a Market Pig Club was added. From this simple start, more clubs grew. The Grundy...

Clinton County, Iowa 4-H History

Posted on 04/12/2017 at 8:53 AM
Iowa State College was doing extension work with rural boys and girls before the Extension Service was established in 1906. During the first year of extension in the fall of 1906, corn and livestock judging contests were held in connection with fairs and institutes and with the schools; Clinton County...

Butler County, Iowa 4-H History

Posted on 04/12/2017 at 8:30 AM
20’s The 4-H program in Butler County has been expanding the lives of youth for 90 years. It was first documented in 1925. At that time, the Farm Bureau served as the local governing body for the County Extension Service. They shared facilities and the Farm Bureau supplied 50% of the...

Fayette County, Iowa 4-H History

Posted on 04/12/2017 at 8:13 AM
Fayette County’s first 4-H club was organized late in 1918. During the year 1919, Holstein calf, baby beef, and corn clubs were organized. The 4-H club program continued to grow and local clubs for the above projects were formed in other communities. In 1925 townships had poultry clubs with local leaders....

Louisa County, Iowa 4-H History

Posted on 04/11/2017 at 10:10 PM
With the passage of the Smith-Lever Act by the United States Congress in 1914, the Cooperative Extension Service was established. Its purpose was diffusing useful and practical information on subjects relating to agriculture, home economics, and community affairs among the people of the United States. In Louisa County, Farm Bureau...

Chickasaw County, Iowa 4-H History

Posted on 04/11/2017 at 9:59 PM
The first record of women’s activities in the county was in 1919 and was stated in the negative when the Farm Bureau Board voted not to sponsor home project work because of lack of funds. The year 1923 (April) a county-wide women’s organization meeting was held and the women asked for...

Jefferson County, Iowa 4-H History

Posted on 04/11/2017 at 9:17 PM
Starting back in 1922 -1923, 24 boys and girls clubs, 335 members. It was a clothing year for girls. Some of the club names were Merry Maids, The Lively Nine, and The Little Women. For boys the project clubs were Hereford Calf, Sow & Litter, Jersey Calf and Garment. In 1924-1925,...

Wapello County, Iowa 4-H History

Posted on 04/11/2017 at 8:03 AM
In July, 1946, Ruth Streicher of Wapello County was elected state president of the Iowa Girls 4-H club at the convention in Ames. Ruth is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Streicher of Cass Township who operate a 560 acre farm along the Des Moines River near Chillicothe. In...

Monona County, Iowa 4-H History

Posted on 04/10/2017 at 4:44 PM
Monona County’s first 4-H Club started in 1923 called the Jordan Sunshine 4-H Club with Mrs. Joe Bellis as leader. In 11925, Agnes Larsen and Alice Norby, members of the Jordan Sunshine Club, went to the state fair with a clothing demonstration and won 4th place. In 1932, the Spring Valley...

Winnebago County, Iowa 4-H History

Posted on 04/08/2017 at 6:57 AM
Boys’ 4-H club work first began in 1919, but was then dropped for several years and then started again. Girls’ 4-H club work began in 1925 with the organization of 11 local clubs that were primarily clothing clubs. The purpose of the club was to develop 4-square girls; this means...

Benton County, Iowa 4-H History

Posted on 04/08/2017 at 6:25 AM
In April 1921 4-H was organized in Benton County through the efforts of the Home Demonstration Agent, Cecile Manikowski. · Actually it started in 1920 when Mrs. Maud Inman of Eden Township organized a Girls club called the Sewing Circle. Miss Grace Sparks, Home Demonstration Agent at the time was interested...

Humbolt County, Iowa 4-H History

Posted on 04/08/2017 at 6:02 AM
Change is constant, and being flexible, the 4-H program in Humboldt County has continued to have an important role in the community. These changes, as well through the years, involve organization, projects, emphasis, leadership, age, and even uniforms. The Cooperative Farm Bureau and Iowa State Extension Program was organized in September,...

Ida County, Iowa 4-H History

Posted on 11/06/2014 at 2:25 PM
The first 4-H club in Ida County was established in 1919, with the county agent, M.L. Henderson, acting as 4-H leader. In 1920, the first 4-H fair was held. The first fair lasted three days, and it was considered a great success. A purebred sow and litter club and was active...

Jackson County, Iowa 4-H History

Posted on 11/04/2014 at 4:49 PM
The 4-H Program in Jackson County is very large and well known in our community. The 4-H involvement in Jackson County started in 1921 with the club Miles Baby Beef, an all boys club. By 1928, three girls clubs had formed the XL Club, Hawkeye Hustlers, and Wide Awake Club....

Humboldt County, Iowa 4-H History

Posted on 11/04/2014 at 4:36 PM
As our world evolves, so does the 4-H program in Humboldt County. The Cooperative Farm Bureau and Iowa State University Extension Program was organized in September 1916. Club work for boys and girls did not become a major program in Humboldt County until 1926. However, some townships developed clubs as...

Washington County, Iowa 4-H History

Posted on 10/07/2014 at 4:22 PM
Who were the pioneer people whose impact made a difference in your county as well as beyond? Mrs. Clyde (Achsah) Maxwell was one of those responsible for beginning 4-H clubs in Washington County. She had read accounts of the new and almost unknown idea of teaching and of bringing college work...

Union County, Iowa 4-H History

Posted on 10/07/2014 at 4:20 PM
Throughout the last 80 years, 4-H in Union County has provided healthy activities for young people and has created positive youth development programs in our communities. The projects and methods of 4-H clubs and members have evolved during that time, but the goals and values have been maintained. In the fall...

Crawford County, Iowa 4-H History

Posted on 09/12/2014 at 3:55 PM
Crawford County 4-H is rich in its heritage. Many things have changed in 4-H over the years, but many have stayed the same. Early history of Crawford County’s 4-H club members and their work seems to have been lost in the files in the Farm Bureau office, although scattered records...

Wayne County, Iowa 4-H History

Posted on 09/12/2014 at 3:49 PM
The Farm Bureau and Extension Service were organized in 1918, but 4-H Clubs did not organize until 1925. Eight townships were organized, but there were only seven clubs, as two townships were organized together. There were seven Home Economics leaders. At that time the projects were 1st and 2nd year Clothing, 1st and...

Shelby County, Iowa 4-H History

Posted on 10/07/2013 at 2:37 PM
The 4-H Club program in Shelby County evolved from very small beginnings. Early records indicate that there were six members enrolled in “pig club” work in 1919. The Farm Bureau Board appointed a club committee in 1920 to help organize clubs and develop the 4-H program. Women were added to...

Linn County, Iowa 4-H History

Posted on 10/07/2013 at 2:10 PM
4-H began in Linn County in 1924 when the Farm Bureau sponsored the organization of two dairy calf clubs: a Guernsey Calf club and a Purebred Holstein Heifer Calf club. These clubs were open to any boy or girl who had a Holstein or Guernsey calf born that year. The...
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