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Harrison County, Iowa 4-H History

Posted on 03/19/2012 at 9:57 AM
In September 2012, Extension in Harrison County will be 100 years old! 4-H helped to spread new ideas by first exposing new methods to the more receptive youth through their 4-H projects. As a result, the parents would often watch their children experiment with new methods and eventually adapt these...

Dubuque County, Iowa 4-H History

Posted on 03/13/2012 at 8:36 AM
1925 Five original township clothing clubs were: Concord, Table Mound, Vernon, Washington and Prairie Creek. The first team to go to State Fair was Bertha Fitzpatrick and Thelma Quade from the Table Mound Township with their leader Mr. Glen Christman. The first presentation was called “Approved Underwear.” 1926 Every Club...

Boone County, Iowa 4-H History

Posted on 03/12/2012 at 4:30 PM
The earliest records available at the Boone County Extension Office are from 1925. Photographic history shows that one of the first clubs in Boone County was formed in 1922, the HHHH club. Extension records show youth clubs organized in eight townships to learn about baby beef, dairy heifers, sow and...

Iowa State University President Beardshear, Iowa 4-H History

Posted on 03/08/2012 at 5:00 PM
ISU President William Beardshear’s Place in 4-H’s Past photos courtesy of Iowa State University Special Collections When teachers began organizing meetings, contests and clubs for Iowa youth to learn practical skills such as baking and corn growing, they did not call these activities “4-H.” Years passed before people commonly used the...

Woodbury County, Iowa 4-H History

Posted on 03/08/2012 at 4:53 PM
By Nancy Burright – Former Woodbury County 4-H member and currently a 4-H Volunteer 4-H in Woodbury County, as in all of Iowa, has from the beginning been concerned with teaching youth skills that make everyday life better while developing responsible, productive citizens. Early records show livestock 4-H clubs organized...

Polk County, Iowa 4-H History

Posted on 03/08/2012 at 4:45 PM
Throughout the year 1919 the ground work for 4-H Clubs in Polk County was laid. In 1920 the organization was official when Don Merrill, the County Extension Agent, began the all important work of forming clubs. Polk County Extension had already expressed an interest by sponsoring many project areas such...

Scott County, Iowa 4-H History

Posted on 03/08/2012 at 12:26 PM
Scott County 4-H History By Becky Bray, County Extension Education Director (Editor’s note: 4-H started in Scott County between 1910 and 1920; county records for 4-H start in 1921. Those records and memories were used for additional articles that follow.) 4-H Programs Present and Past Scott County 4-H held a Farm Youth...

Davis County, Iowa 4-H History

Posted on 03/08/2012 at 12:08 PM
As I research the history of 4-H in Davis County, I am again reminded of the importance of record keeping. Records of project work are important as a learning tool to teach youth a life skill. Records of events surrounding the 4-H clubs in our county are an important tool...

Marion County, Iowa 4-H History

Posted on 03/08/2012 at 11:01 AM
THE 1920’S 1920 seems to be the year when boy’s club work started in the county. At that time there was a purebred guilt club and a poultry club. Twenty-six members fed purebred Hampshire and purebred Poland China gilts. Twenty-five of these were exhibited at the County Fair. Even in...

Audubon County, Iowa 4-H History

Posted on 03/08/2012 at 10:46 AM
As early as 1918 we find evidence of activity with youth in corn, beef, and pig project work. Most of the club work prior to 1924 was carried out on an individual basis rather than through organized 4-H clubs. In 1924, a baby beef club was organized through the efforts...

Kossuth County, Iowa 4-H History

Posted on 03/06/2012 at 4:13 PM
The Early Years “The work of the Kossuth County Farm Bureau did not begin until April 1, 1917, which was approximately the date of the declaration of war.” So begins the Narrative Report of the early work that would be the beginning of the 4-H program in Kossuth County, Iowa....

Taylor County, Iowa 4-H History

Posted on 12/15/2011 at 1:21 PM
One of the first actions taken by the Taylor County Farm Bureau board was to select a 4-H boys’ club committee. The Taylor County Farm Bureau was the only organization that actively sponsored and developed an extension program in the county during this time. Club Organization 4-H clubs were not...

Decatur County, Iowa 4-H History

Posted on 12/15/2011 at 12:18 PM
A History of 4-H in Decatur County Compiled by Jack Van Laar County Extension Education Director January, 2009 Click here for the full version of the Decatur County 4-H History. Foreword Although I was never a 4-H member, I am a native and life-long resident of Decatur County, having grown up on a farm in the...
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