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2022 Union County Danny & Cheryl Purdum

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 12:25 PM
For more years than anyone can count, Danny and Cheryl Purdum of rural Kent have contributed significantly to Union County 4-H and Clover Kids. These programs would not be where they are today without the Purdums’ efforts. Danny’s involvement began as a 10-year member of Union County 4-H, showing beef cattle...

2021 Union County Oliver R. and Dorothy E. Eyberg

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 5:06 PM
Oliver R. and Dorothy E. Eyberg of Arispe, Iowa, certainly exemplify the 4-H Pledge, especially for their service to Union County 4-H in leadership and professional roles. Oliver was born March 14, 1920 and died Mary 23, 2007, a life-long resident of the Arispe area. Her served his country during...

2020 Union County: Walt Glynn

Posted on 08/23/2020 at 12:00 PM
In 1963, as the feed salesman for the newly founded Creston Feed & Grain, Walt Glynn put his experience showing and raising cattle to work in Union County. During one of his sales calls, he came across a young 4-Her fighting to break a tough steer for the county fair....
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2019 Union County: Wayne and Joan Hartsook

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 2:22 PM
Wayne and Joan Hartsook began their 4-H journey as a couple in 1960 when the first of their children joined 4-H, and they kept busy with many aspects of the program until their last daughter completed 4-H in 1985. In addition to encouraging many 4-H youth throughout Union County and the...
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2018 Union County: Bob and Joyce Cooper

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 2:57 PM
Bob and Joyce Cooper of Creston in Union County have a long history with 4-H, having both been members as youth. Coopers were leaders in the days of boys’ and girls’ clubs. Bob was a co-leader for the Grant Toppers for nearly a dozen years, and Joyce was a co-leader...
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2017 Union County: Jack and Mona Quee

Posted on 08/28/2017 at 9:35 AM
The 2017 Union County inductees to the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame are Jack and Mona Quee of Afton. Jack and Mona shared their passion for horses with three generations of 4-H youth in Union County and throughout Iowa. During the past 50 years Jack and Mona have become well known...

2016 Union County Robert Crittenden

Posted on 08/26/2016 at 9:48 AM
Bob is a life-long resident of Union County, a cattleman, a farmer, an award-winning auctioneer, real estate broker, a friend and mentor to many. Bob joined the Union Royal Rustlers in 1949 and became an adult 4-H volunteer in 1976 as a member of the Union County 4-H Beef Committee. Showing...

2015 Union County- Mary O'Riley

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 4:09 PM
Mary O’Riley is a teacher at heart. The opportunity to be a positive influence in the lives of young people and help them develop their potential to be the best they can be attracted Mary to 4-H as a young mother. She has been a devoted 4-H volunteer in Union...
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2014 Union County - Verna Bailey

Posted on 08/18/2014 at 10:31 AM
Union County Friends of 4-H has proudly selected Verna Bailey and the late Paul Bailey as 2014 inductees into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame. Verna and Paul, of Creston, became involved in Union County 4-H in the 1970’s, first as parents and then as leaders of the Douglas Boosters,...
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2013 Union County - Dennis and Pauline Sweet

Posted on 08/09/2013 at 8:43 AM
It is in a quiet and unassuming way that Dennis and Pauline Sweet of Arispe, Iowa, have supported 4-H through the years. Dennis, who inherited his father’s love for children and working with youth, began as a 4-H member in Ringgold County, then switched to Union County 4-H when his...
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2012 Union County- Darwin West

Posted on 07/19/2012 at 9:11 AM
Darwin started 4-H as a member in Montgomery County where he showed cattle. Then he moved to Union County and later married his wife June. Darwin has been involved in 4-H for many years and in many ways. He was a leader of Platte Producers when his son, Rod, was...
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2011 Union County- Carol Glynn

Posted on 08/19/2011 at 12:02 PM
Whether Carol Glynn was searching for treasures at a garage sale or junk shop or teaching a shy, awkward young 4-Her self-confidence and other life-skills, she was the epitome of “to make the best better.” With staunch determination, no amount of external tarnish or internal doubt ever deterred Carol from...
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2010 Union County - Dr. Alvin and Patricia Pokorny

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 11:33 AM
Dr. Al and Pat Pokorny are very humbled and honored to represent the many people of Union County who keep the 4-H program strong. Their greatest joy in serving 4-H has been to watch a young, shy 4-Her blossom into a mature, confident adult ready to be an asset to...
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2009 Union County - Ruby M. Stephens

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 12:15 PM
Ruby Stephens started her career with 4-H in Pleasant Township in Union County in the mid 1940’s. She and husband John started the first 4-H horse club in Iowa in 1964. They have six children all of whom were in 4-H and two have served as 4-H leaders with the...
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2008 Union County - Sharon Bennett

Posted on 04/15/2011 at 11:23 AM
“From the time my mother told me to help my little sister, 7 years younger, with 4-H energy it has been my pleasure to assist other 4-Hers,” recalls Sharon Bennett, Union County’s 4-H Hall of Fame nominee. She has served 4-H in many ways. In 1951 she joined girls 4-H,...
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2007 Union County - Charles Ehm

Posted on 04/07/2011 at 11:19 AM
As Extension Director in Union County from 1962-1965. Charles (Chuck) Ehm was involved in every aspect of the 4-H program, from member to leader to county director and community stakeholder. He developed a strong 4-H leader’s training program providing a strong foundation of skill development for leaders. Chuck organized the...
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2006 Union County - Sandra Cheers

Posted on 04/05/2011 at 12:24 PM
Sandra’s 4-H involvement began in her youth as she received state recognition in home economics project work and as a member of the Illinois State 4-H council. She was champion of “making the best better” as she pulled the best from Union County youth through her years of club leadership...
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2005 Union County - Mary Clayton

Posted on 03/31/2011 at 1:35 PM
Mary Clayton was a long term 4-H volunteer in Union County and for the Iowa State 4-H program. She initiated the Union County Unicorns 4-H club in the late 70’s and it continues today. Due to her legacy the club continues to thrive with a strong community service component. Mary...

2004 Union County - Carl Eklund

Posted on 03/31/2011 at 10:45 AM
Carl Eklund supported the ideals of 4-H youth development for over nineteen years in Union County. While he was not in 4-H himself he supported the program as his five grandchildren developed and applied the life skills learned through 4-H in the ‘50’s and ‘60’s. As member and president of...
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2002 Union County - Judge Maxwell

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 3:05 PM
Judge Maxwell is credited with being one of the initial organizers of club work in Union County. In 1922 he was responsible for providing purebred gilts to boys enrolled in the Maxwell Pig Club. Nineteen boys entered the club and finished the work. One litter from this club won over...
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