Marion County, Iowa 4-H History
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 1920 Marion County seemed to do pretty well at the Iowa State Fair, showing the first prize Hampshire purebred gilt. The judging team of 4-H boys also went to the State Fair that year, evidently they were good losers. In 1921 a corn show was held at Pella and members who showed purebred gilts the year before kept their gilts for a sow and litter project.
The poultry club had enlarged to 40 members. The first baby beef that was fed in 4-H club work in the county was in 1921. The beef was a shorthorn fed by Tommy White. When Tommy sold his steer he invested his money in a purebred Hereford heifer. The following year 14 members started in baby beef club work, but only 1 completed. 1923 the baby beef club really had its start in Marion county. Thirteen members fed nineteen calves and all were exhibited at the county fair. The sheep club had its start in 1924.
4-H enrollment in the county took a big jump in 1925 to over 300 members. The county has had quite a record in dairy calf club work. 1925 seems to be the starting year for this. In 1924, Miss Florence Forbes, of the Extension Service, helped organize “seven girls garment clubs.” Then it was reported “The girls’ club work, being in its infancy in Marion County, was carried on under the supervision of Mrs. O.L. Stroud, with whatever help the county agent could give her.” In about 1925 Mrs. O.L. Stroud was chosen County Home Project Chairman. The setup evidently was a county chairman, township leader and school district leaders.
In 1926 each township had a local Achievement Day and the county had its Achievement Day at the County Fair. In the next few years that followed the work had been carried on from about October to March, with an Achievement day ending the year’s work at the end of March or beginning of April. In 1936 the county employed its first county home demonstration agent, Miss Mabel Rockhill, who was succeeded by Miss Johanna Fiene in 1939. In 1926 the first Rally Day was held. Mrs. J.O. Yates was the chairman of the county girls’ club which was evidently organized that year. Some of the girls club’s names in the 1920’s were: KC, Royal Workers, Dutiful Daughters, BeBettes Breadmakers, Golden Rule, & Healthy Dozen. The boys clubs were divided by animal species, i.e.: Angus club, Holstein club, Swine club, Poultry club.
In 1930 there were $675.60 paid in premiums in the baby beef, dairy calf and beef heifer projects. There were 20 boys. For the first time, Marion County calves were exhibited at the district show at Oskaloosa before going to the State Fair. In 1931 the first of the annual girl’s health clinic were he
ld. As years progressed many different projects were added the main projects, such as health, music, conservation, picture study, courtesy and the like. Also in 1931 was the first county-wide Club Banquet with 173 members and parents present. There were 9 girls’ 4-H clubs with 126 members and 3 boys clubs with 39 members. A 4-H kittenball tournament was held in 1933 with 10 teams competing. This was the only year that a kittenball tournament would be held. The rivalry was too intense. Many of the boys and their club leaders visited the Court House to check up on the ages of boys playing on various teams and the charge was frequently made that some of the clubs had supplied their teams with outsiders so as to enable them to present a stronger team.
1934 looked like the first year that the boys clubs were actually given names. There was also a program of work for the boys clubs established for 1935. Total premiums won in 1934 were $1026.00. Girls’ projects premiums were $126.00 of that total. There were 122 members in the 11 boys’ clubs and 129 members in the 9 girls’ clubs. A list of the boys club’s names: L.P.T. Club (Lake Prairie Township), Win or Grin Club (East Knoxville Township), We-X-L Club (Franklin Township), Tri-T 4-H Club (East Knoxville Township), H.A.H. Club (Indiana Township), J.U. 4-H Club (Pleasant Grove Township), The FFC 4-H Club (Washington Township), C.L.C. 4-H Club (Red Rock Township), D.O.D. 4-H Club (Union Township), and Jr. Tri-T 4-H Club (East Knoxville Township). A list of girls club’s names: Merry Mixers (East Knoxville Township), Work & Win (Washington Township), Summit Strivers (Summit Township), Happy Hustlers (Union Township), Merry Maids (Liberty Township), Ever Faithful Club (East Knoxville Township), Liberty Bells (East Knoxville Township), B.B.B.B. (East Knoxville Township), and Thrifty Home Workers (East Knoxville Township).
In 1934-1935 the Extension Department furnished Marion County with an Assistant County Agent and this man was in charge of boys’ 4-H club work in the county. After a meeting with County Club Committee and County Club Officers, the committee felt that a combined organization of boys and girls clubs should be organized. They nominated and voted for a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Historian and Reporter. This committee was to handle and act as leaders in planning boys and girls 4-H club parties and activities.
In 1937 it was customary to have a leader and an assistant leader. Also in 1937 - “For the 1st time in Marion County, it was also believed to be the 1st in the state of Iowa was held a “Baby Beef Futurity”. This Futurity replaced the giving of a baby beef calf to the club member showing the champion baby beef. The Breed Association in the county felt that by distributing the premium money into this futurity in the hands of say 12 boys, while heretofore only 3 received the same amount of money, $150. This was good training for club members to teach him to be a better judge of livestock as he has to pick out a calf which he thinks will stand the highest and the County Fair, if he has more than one calf.”
Girls clubs – Sew So (Clay Township), Franklin Friends (Franklin Township), Brownlee Helpers (East Knoxville), Rising Star (East Knoxville Township), U-Need-Us (East Knoxville Township), Lake Prairie Maids (Lake Prairie Township), Summer Strivers (Summit Township), & Happy Helpers (Washington Township) Healthy Hustlers (Indiana & Liberty Townships) and Zestful Zippers (West Knoxville Township).
Boys clubs – County Line Club (Red Rock and Summit Townships), Lake Prairie Township Club (Lake Prairie and Summit Townships), Just Us Club (Pleasant Grove Township), Our Union Club (Union Township), Tri-T Club (East & West Knoxville Townships), Clay County Boosters (Clay Township), We-X-L Club (Franklin Township), Bound-To-Win Club (Dallas Township), Friendly Fellows Club (Washington Township), Hop and Hurry Club (Indiana & Liberty Townships).
Membership in the girls clubs were 97 girls. Boys clubs were at 157 members. One of the suggested activities was an enrollment week and a club basketball tournament.
July of 1940 the 4-H boys held their 1st club camp. This was combined with Mahaska County and held at Oskaloosa. Not only was this a new thing to the Marion County boys, but probably a new thing to the state. Norman Stamp, Mahaska County club agent, suggested to us that we hold a branch club camp of Mahaska and Marion County boys at Lake Keomah at Oskaloosa. The local county club officers jumped at the idea and toured over to Oskaloosa one night to talk it over with their neighboring 4-H members. This group decided to make it an actual affair of Saturday and Sunday in July. Because it was a new feature the boys decided to keep the group relatively small and to allow each club group from each county to elect one representative to send along with the county officers to this camp.
The annual 4-H basketball tournament was held at the Knoxville High School gymnasium the 4th, 11th, and 12th of April. A total of 112 people attended these games. The Just-Us Club won the tournament and the F.F.G. club was the runner-up. (Couldn’t find anywhere in 1940 book of a basketball tournament.) The 1st Marion County 4-H Club Officers’ Training School was held at the Knoxville Christian Church on March 29, 1941. There were 8 girls clubs and 5 boys club represented. The divided into small discussion groups and each group was given instructions pertaining to the different offices. After the study, B.M. Anderson, assistant secretary of the American Hereford Association, spoke on the “The Value of the 4-H’s”.
Girls Clubs: Bownlee Helpers, Franklin Friends, True Blue Boosters, Healthy Hustlers, Summit Strivers, The Friendship, Sew & So, U-Need-Us. Boys Clubs: County Line Club, Lake Prairie Township Club, Just-Us Club, Our Union Club, Polk Club, We-X-L club, Tri-T Club, Friendly Fellows Club, Clay township Roosters, Hop & Hurry Club
The Friendly Fellows 4-H Club was the winners of the Boys 4-H Basketball tournament. A total of $1250.50 was collected by the members in the sale of war bonds and stamps. At the county fair, August 12 -15, 125 baby beeves, 30 head of hogs and 15 fat lambs were shown. All the breeding classes were cut out of the program. (No explanation of why.) Boys Clubs: Our Union Club, We X-L Club, O.K. Club, Lake Prairie Township club, Just Us Club, Clay Township Roosters, Tri-T Club. 9 Girls Clubs: Healthy Hustlers, Triple District Friends (Franklin & Dallas townships), Victory Strivers (Lake Prairie Township), Summit Strivers (Summit Township), True Blue Boosters, U-Need Us Club, Brownlee Helpers, Franklin Friends, Sew and So Club
There were 8 girls clubs active. Due to the pressure of war on the doctors, no health clinic was held this year. However, training schools, Rally Day and club parties were held as planned. Some clubs held local achievement days. All clubs took part in the county exhibit with 4 club entering demonstration teams. There was a 25% increase in membership during the year. Marion County Fair, August 12 to 15, 30 baby beeves, 13 head of hogs, and 10 fat lambs were shown. No breeding classes shown. Boys Clubs: Friendly Fellows Club, Hop & Hurry Club, Our Union Club, We X-L Club, O.K. Club, Lake Prairie Township, Just us Club, Clay Township Roosters Club, County Line Club, Tri-T Club. Girls Clubs: Healthy Hustlers, Happy Helpers Club, Victory Strivers Club, Summit Strivers, Franklin Friends, Sew & So, Brownlee Helpers & The True Blue Boosters.
There were 7 girls’ 4-H clubs in 1943. Girls Clubs: Healthy Hustlers, Happy Helpers, Victory Strivers, Victory Boosters, Franklin Friends. Boys Clubs: O.K. Club, County Line Club, We X-L Club, Friendly Fellows, Lake Prairie Township Club, Summit Strivers Club. There was a low during the year in members in boys clubs. Membership dropped from 74 in 1943 to 43 in 1944. It was reported by the County Extension Director that the two principal reasons for the drop in membership are insufficient local leadership and a mistaken idea of the real objective of 4-H club work.
Marion County’s Boys 4-H clubs begin to come back. Three clubs were reorganized during the year to make a total of 8 with 112 members. Girls Clubs: Seven clubs were active throughout the year. Two of these clubs were new and were especially enthusiastic. All seven of the clubs took part in Rally Day and the County Achievement Show, with 5 demonstration teams taking part. Healthy Hustlers, Happy Helpers, Victory Strivers, Summit Strivers, Victory Boosters, Zestful zippers, Merry Maids. Boys Clubs: We X-L, County Line, Lake Prairie Township, Hop & Hurry, Our Union, Just Us, Friendly Fellows, OK Club, Glen Long, school superintendent at Attica, assisted with 4-H club work during the summer months.
One of the girls clubs, Victory Boosters, operated a food concession at the National Plowing Contest. Girls Clubs: Healthy
Hustlers, Merry Maids, Victory Strivers, Victory Boosters, Happy Helpers, Zestful Zippers, Polk Peppy Pals, Summit Strivers, Ever Faithful. Boy’s Clubs: Hop & Hurry, We X-L, Just Us, O.K. Club, Friendly Fellows, Lake Prairie Township, County Line Club, and White Breast Winners. There were eight boys’ clubs during the year that held regular meetings. One new club in Red Rock Township was organized in July. 54 baby beeves, 27 purebred beef heifers, 26 dairy calves, eleven purebred litters, three market litters, 48 lambs and 5 colts were owned by the club members. 2 boys clubs operated food stands at the National Plowing Contest.
The number of boys’ 4-H clubs increased from 8 in1946 to 13 in 1947. A total of 211 4-H members were enrolled in various farm projects. 46 of those enrolled were girls. There were 85 boys and 30 girls enrolled in boys clubs work 1947 for their 1st year of 4-H activities. Boys Clubs: Friendly Fellows, Dallas Dandy, Hop & Hurry, Lake Prairie Township Club, Clay Township Boosters, Red Rock Progressors, County Line Club, O.K. Club, Just Us Club, We X-L Club, White Breast Winners, 4-L (Liberty Leading Livestock Lads). 4 new clubs were organized at the beginning of the year making a total of 12 active clubs in the county carrying out of the second year of Home Furnishings. 8 girls and 1 leader attended State Convention in Ames and each club had an achievement show before fair time. In the girls 4-H division there were 162 members enrolled, with a total number of 131 completing the year’s activities. 67 of these were enrolled for their 1st year in 4-H work. Girls Clubs: Bauer Busy Bees, Dallas Dolls, Ever Faithful, Healthy Hustlers, Merry Maids, Polk Peppy Pals, Summit Strivers, Victory Boosters, Victory Strivers, Zestful Zippers, Lucky Lassies, Teenage Toilers. Worth Stevenson, a local former 4-H club boy, was hired to assist with 4-H work during the winter months.
The boys’ county 4-H basketball tournament was played in the Knoxville High School gym. The F.F.C. (Friendly Fellows Club) defeated the L.L. &L. (Lucky Lads & Lassies) club in the finals. Seven clubs participated. The County Club Boy’s Committee met and hired Wayne Shivers as temporary Youth Assistant. Girls Clubs: Bauer Busy Bees, Clay’s Cheeri Chix, Dallas Go-Getters, Lucky 13, Zestful Zippers, Tracy Eager Beavers, Healthy Hustlers, Lucky Lassies, Merry Maids, Victory Boosters, Victory Strivers, Tee-Nage-Toilers, Summit Strivers, Happy Helpers, Polk Peppy Pals, Franklin Friends, Merry Blue Bells. Boys Clubs: Friendly Fellows, Just Us, St. Joseph, 4-L’s, Hex-A-Poppin’, Red Rock Progressors, Lake Prairie Township Club, Dallas Dandy’s, White Breast Winners, O.K. Club, Hop & Hurry, County Line Club, We X-L.
The county Basketball Tournament was held in Pleasantville. Friendly Fellows club won the tournament with the Just Us club coming in second. 227 members were enrolled in 14 farm project clubs. Of this number, 175 had projects. 125 members successfully completed their projects, having a total of 987 animals. Boys Clubs: There were 260 enrolled members with 175 completing the year’s clothing project. There were 109 girls enrolled for the first time in 4-H girls’ work. Girls Clubs: Merry Blue Belles, Merry Maids Jr., Merry Maids Sr., Lucky Lassies, Tee Nage Toilers, Victory Boosters, Victory Strivers, Summit Strivers, Cheeri Chix, Zestful Zippers, Dallas Go-Getters, Lucky Thirteen Club, Happy Helpers, Healthy Hustlers, Tracy Eager Beaver, Polk Peppy Pals, & Franklin Friends.
Basketball tournament was held at Pleasantville. Just Us won the tournament, with We X-L taking second. During the year, 2 new 4-H clubs were organized, one consisting of members from Union & Polk townships with Ralph Dyer as leader. The other club was in Clay township with Herbert Beaver as leaders. The Union – Polk club had 10 members and the Clay club 11 members. There were 52 baby beeves sold and received an average price of $31.65 cwt.
Girls clubs: Cheeri Chix, Dallas Go-Getters, Franklin Friends, Eager Beavers, Healthy Hustlers, Lincoln Larks, Merry Maids Jr., Merry Maids Sr., Polk Peppy Pals, Tee ‘Nage Toilers, Summit Strivers, Victory Strivers, Victory Boosters, Washington Wonder Girls, Snappy 49er’s
Boys clubs: County Line Club, Dallas Dandies, Friendly Fellows, Hex-A-Poppin’, Hop & Hurry, Just Us, 3 L’s, 4 L’s, Lake Prairie Township Club, Melcher Mi-T’s, Red Rock Progressors, River Ramblers, Union-Polk Leaders, We X-L, White Breast Winners.
Three new girls’ clubs were organized in Marion County. The Valley Boosters – southeast of Knoxville in the Valley community. Swan Strivers, there were 12 girls completing this year. Harvey Hotshots – There has been no other club near Harvey for these girls for several years, there were 18 girls signed up and 18 completed the year. Other clubs were: Cheeri Chix, Dallas Go Getters, Franklin Friends, Healthy Hustlers, Merry Maids Jr., Merry Maids Sr., Polk Peppy Pals, Snappy 49’ers, Summit Strivers, Tee Nage Toilers, Victory Boosters, Victory Strivers & Washington Wonders.
Marion County was especially proud to claim the new 1951 state vice president as their own. She is Jobyna Rankin, 17, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lester Rankin of Tracy and a member of the Cheeri Chix club. Marion County had 225 4-H members in 13 clubs in 1951 with 205 completing their projects. 1950 had 216 members enrolled. The clubs were: County Line, Dallas Dandies, Friendly Fellows, Hex-A-Poppin’, Hop and Hurry, Just us, Lucky Lads & Lassies, Lake Prairie Club, 4 L’s, Melcher Mi-T’s, River Rambler, Polk Union Leaders, & We-X-L. The 4-H basketball tournament was held at Pleasantville on April 9 and 10 with Just Us beating Lake Prairie in an overtime game which ended 24 to 20.
Project numbers for 1951 are as follows: Baby beeves, 126; Dairy Heifers, 103; Beef heifers, 62; Purebred litter, 129; Market litter, 100; Market pig, 40; Market flock, 84; Purebred flock, 62; Chickens, 2; Rabbit, 10; Horses, 6; Cow and calf, 4.
4-H night at the county fair – The program committee for the 4-H Night was very active in providing an evening of free entertainment for the public. Approximately three thousand people attended to see the livestock parade, style review and demonstration girls, local talent and calf scramble.
Girls Clubs: Chat Chatters, Cherri Chix, Dallas Go-Getters, Franklin Friends, Harvey Hotshots, Healthy Hustlers, Lincoln Larks, Merry Maids, Pleasant Grove S.O.S., Polk Peppy Pals, Snappy 49’ers, Summit Strivers, Swan Strivers, Tee-Nage Toilers, Valley Boosters, Victory Boosters, Victory Strivers, Washington Wonders. 70% of the Marion County 4-H Girls exhibited at the County Fair. There were six senior demonstration teams and three junior demonstration teams. Jean Robuck and Irma Dop were chosen to represent Marion County at the State Fair with the demonstration “Collars Count.”
Boys Clubs: County line, Dallas Dandies, Friendly Fellows, Hex-A-Poppin’, Hop & Hurry, Just Us, Liberty’s Leading Lads & Lassies, Lincoln Lions, Lucky Lads & Lassies, Melcher Mi-T’s, Polk-Union Leaders, River Ramblers, Swan 4-H’ers, We-X-L. The boy’s 4-H basketball tournament was held April 17 & 18 at the Knoxville High School Gym. The Lake Prairie Club won over the Friendly Fellows club with a double overtime in the final round 20-18 to receive the trophy. This trophy was originally intended to be a traveling trophy; however, plans are underway to give a trophy each year.
The Hex-A-Poppin’ 4-H club purchased the Asbury Church in their community for a club house. The land around the club house belongs to Ellis Metcalf. Mr. Metcalf has given the club a lease as long as the club exists. The members and parents remodeled and cleaned this building in order for it to be of better use to the club. The club house was made available to those non-profit organizations (without charge). After the remodeling was completed the club held a pie supper to raise money to shingle and paint the building. 49 pies netted the club $276.
The Marion County baby beef sale was held August 4rth with 84 baby beeves listed. The calves averaged $31.75 per hundred with a total net sales of $23,211.12. 56 Marion County 4-H members in ag. projects exhibited 84 head of livestock at the Iowa State Fair 4-H Division. The total included 24 baby beeves, 22 beef heifers, 22 dairy heifers, 4 market hogs, 4 purebred lambs and 8 market lambs.
Girls Clubs: Chat Chatters, Cheeri Chix, Dallas Go-Getters, Franklin Friends, 3-H’s, Healthy Hustlers, Lincoln Larks, Merry Maids, Polk Peppy Pals, Summit Strivers, Swan Strivers, Tee-Nage-Toilers, Victory Boosters, Washington Wonders.
Boys Clubs: County Line, Dallas Dandies, Friendly Fellows, Hex-A-Poppin’, Hop & Hurry, Just Us, Lake Prairie, Liberty’s Leading Lads and Lassies, Lincoln Lions, Lucky Lads & Lassies, Melcher Mi-T’s, Polk-Union Leaders, R
iver Ramblers, Swan 4-H’ers & We X-L.
The Boys 4-H basketball tournament was held at the Knoxville High school gym on April 23 & 24. The 3 L’s club took the championship trophy over the Lake Prairie contenders, 48-33. The championship trophy was contributed by the Pella National Bank of Pella and Modern Jewelers, Knoxville. 38 4-H members in farm project clubs exhibited 70 hea d of livestock at the Iowa State Fair. This includes 23 baby beeves, 17 beef heifers, 10 dairy heifers, 11 market pigs, 6 market lambs, and 3 purebred pigs. All members provided most of their own straw. It was suggested that 4 to 5 bales of bedding per animal would help cut the expenses of the county. 40 bales of straw were purchased from Mike Loynachan, Pleasantville at 65 cents per bale. This was paid from the county group award money.
Girls clubs: Chat Chatters, Cheeri Chix, Competine Crickets, Dallas Go-Getters, Franklin Friends, 3-H’s, Healthy Hustlers, Jolly Hills, Merry Maids, Polk Peppy Pals, Summit Strivers, Tee-Nage-Toilers, Tracy Red Hots, Victory Boosters, & Washington Wonders. 2 new clubs were formed during the year, Competine Crickets in East Knoxville Township and Tracy Red Hots in Clay Township.
It was with many misgivings that the County Committee and leaders decided to give up the annual 4-H health clinic due to the small number of club members that participated and the time that the doctors and nurses had to give. A contribution was given to the heart fund in memory of Dr. Cornell who helped to start the health clinic.
A few of the clubs got together for basketball games which promoted friendship across the county. These were not sponsored by the 4-H County Committee, but these games indicate an interest by girls, parents and leaders in 4-H.
Boys clubs: County Line, Dallas Danties, Du-R-Best, Friendly Fellows, Hex-A-Poppin’, Hop-N-Hurry, Just Us, Lake Prairie, Liberty’s Leading Lads and Lassies, Lincoln Lions, Lucky Lads and Lassies, Melcher MiT’s, River Ramblers, Swan 4-H’ers, Union-Polk, We X-L.
Basketball Tournament: was held at the Knoxville high school gym on April 22, 23 & 24. The 3-L’s defeated the Lincoln Lions 39-19. 3 L’s received a trophy contributed by the Pella National Bank. Melcher MiT’s received the sportsmanship trophy sponsored by M.C. Nelson, agent for Iowa Insurance Companies. This was a traveling trophy; any club winning it three years consecutively establishes ownership.
The Friendly Fellows 4-H club in Washington Township purchased the former Gosport Church building and land for a consideration for $250. The property was financed partly with money received from a pie social and will be converted into a club house. 4-H & FFA members in Marion County exhibited 155 baby beeves, 4 purebred beef heifers, 6 beef cows and calves, 59 dairy heifers, 3 colts, 11 purebred lambs, 61 market hogs, 40 market lambs, 36 purebred hogs, 2 pens poultry and 5 pens of rabbits. 25 head of baby beeves were sold by club members in the baby beef sale for an average of $27.50 cwt.
Boys clubs: County Line, Dallas Dandies, Friendly Fellows, Hex-A-Poppin’, Hop-N-Hurry, Just Us, Lake Prairie, Lincoln Lions, 4-L’s, 3-L’s, Melcher Mi-T’s, Union-Polk Leaders, River Ramblers, We X-L, Du-R-Best.
Livestock members exhibited were 98 diary heifers, 64 beef heifers and cows, 182 baby beeves, 17 swine in market pig project, 99 swine in market little project, 44 swine in purebred litter project, 80 market lambs, 9 purebred sheet, 4 horses and 20 rabbits.
July, the Farm Bureau Fieldman and the Youth Assistant solicited $58 from businessmen in Knoxville Pella to buy 4-H club member lives here gate signs. This money was sufficient enough to purchase one sign identifying the farm home of every agricultural 4-H club family in Marion County.
Work on the first Marion County Extension council elections was begun in May. An information meeting explaining the new law was held on May 17th. Fifteen legal townships held their elections to elect the first Marion County Extension Council. Attendance at the election meetings ranged from 4-17 people.
Basketball tournament: 11 clubs entered teams for the tournament in April at Knoxville. Final Just Us 29, 3L’s 18. The 4-H leaders challenged the County Committee in a game during the tournament. The leaders came out on top 10-4. The Melcher MiT’s won, for the second consecutive year, the sportsmanship traveling trophy sponsored by M.C. Nelson.
Celia Harvey and Billy McCorkle were chosen by the county 4-H club committees as winners of the Marion County Board of Realtors trip award to Chicago during the International Livestock Exposition and National 4-H Clu b Congress. Each winner was awarded $40. Headquarters in Chicago for Celia and Billy was the Congress Hotel. Among the places visited were the International Livestock Exposition, Cinnarama, Underground parking, Art institute, aquarium, Historical Museum, Museum of Science & Industry, China Town, Tour of the city, Marshall Field & Co., Kingsholm, Board of Trade and Federal Reserve Bank. Upon their return home from Chicago, Celia and Billy, have reports to the Knoxville Rotary Club, County Extension Council and 4-H Committee. Their parents and the Extension Staff were also guess at the Rotary Club meeting . The Home Economist and Youth Assistant accompanied them on the trip.
Some of the major accomplishments during the year were the development of a demonstration program at county fair, fine record of exhibition at county, state and dairy cattle congress shows and a very prosperous 4-H special activity of “Prevention of Livestock Marketing Losses”. A fine attendance record of 4-H leaders at the six training meetings held during the year and good parent interest and cooperation in club work must also be classed as outstanding accomplishme nts.
The 15 Farm Project 4-H clubs had the largest enrollment on record with 300 members. Of this number, 80% completed their year’s work or an increase of 6% over last year. These 4-H members were all under the supervision of 30 volunteer leaders and an 8 member 4-H club committee headed by Waldo McCorkle, chairman. They were assisted by the county 4-H officers with Billy McCorkle as president.
The second Marion County Extension Council was elected in November and took office on January 1, 1956. Clyde Core was re-elected chairman of the council with Mrs. L.C. Shivvers, Vice President, Mrs. Katheryne Visser, Secretary, and Jim Goff, Treasurer.
Girls Clubs: Bussey Happy Hearts, Cheeri Chix, Competine Crickets, Dalcher Go-Getters, Franklin Friends, Healthy Hustlers, Liberty Bells, Merry Maids, Tee-Nage Toilers, Summit Strivers, Victory Boosters, Washington Wonders,
Boys Clubs: County Line, Dallas Dandies, Du-R-Best, Friendly Fellows, Hex-A-Poppin’, Hop ‘N Hurry, Just us, Lake Prairie Township Club, 4-L’s, 3-L’s, Melcher Mi-T’s, Union Polk Leaders, River Ramblers, & We X-L.
For the first time, a country girl’s creed contest was held to decide who would recite at Rally Day. Mrs. L.C. Shivvers and Mrs. Lowell Johnson were the judges. Rosemary Fry was the one selected to give the creed. Other girls and their placings: Blue: Joye Jolly, Alternate, Joan Beaver, Joyce Young and Mary Mae Thomas. Bonnie Bachman, Linda Goff, Jolene Jo rdan and Martha Shannon received a red award.
Boys’ 4-H basketball tournament – Knoxville – March 28, 29 & 30. 3 L’s received the sportsmanship trophy and the championship trophy.
A community map was developed by the 4-H program committee with the help of the 4-H leaders, extension council and other interested people. This map shows the different communities and the approximate area of each. It was very interesting to find 36 different communities located on the map. It was also decided that these communities and community lines have a definite bearing on where the 4-H clubs could be started and expected to survive. It was felt this map could b used in making plans for starting new clubs and getting prospective members in the club of their community.
There were 12 girls clubs in Marion County during the past year. The total enrollment was 213 with 158 of these girls completing the year by turning in a record book.
Girls clubs: Bussey Happy Hearts, Cheeri Chix, Competine Crickets, Dalcher Go-Getters, Franklin Friends, Healthy Hustlers, Liberty Belles, Merry Maids, Tee-Nage Toilers, Summit Strivers, Victory Boosters, Washington Wonders.
There were 15 boys 4-H clubs at the start of the year; however, the boys and girls from the Dallas Dandies club joined the Melcher Mi-T’s to reduce the number of clubs to 14. The total enrollment for boys 4-H club work for 1957-58 was 309 with 89 girls in the agricultural clubs 45 of which were enrollment in home economics clubs. Boys Clubs: County Line, Du-R-Best, Friendly Fellows, Hex-A-Poppin’, Hop ‘N Hurry, Just Us, Lake Prairie Township Club, Lincoln Lions, 3 L’s, 4 L’s, Melcher Mi-T’s, Union Polk Leaders, River Ramblers, We X-L.
The County officers sponsored a 4-H float in the Pella Tulip parade. The 1958 county fair was the largest Junior Livestock exhibit in recent years. The sheep, swine, and dairy departments showed a large increase in numbers over previous years. Baby beeves and beef heifers were approximately the same. The number in each of the divisions are as follows:
- Baby Beeves – 165
- Dairy – 148
- Beef Heifers – 49
- Market Lambs – 110
- Cow & Calf – 6
- Purebred lambs 28 head
- Purebred swine – 33 head
- Poultry – 2
- Rabbits – 1
- Colts – 1
- Market swine – 17 pigs and 20 litters
The 4-H sale was held on Saturday, August 9th. The sale order was swine, sheep and baby beeves. 142 baby beeves, averaged 26.77, 70 sheep average 24.76 and 135 hogs averaged 24.31. Registration papers and health papers were checked for the first time at the 1958 county fair, however, no one had to be turned down. They were told that they would definitely have to have them in shape for next year or they would not be able to show. There were a surprisingly large number of 4-H’ers that did not realize that they had to have health papers, still more didn’t realize that they needed to have them registered in their names or partnership with their parents.
Marion County again took a large number of exhibits to the 1958 Iowa State Fair, however, they baby beef and beef heifer numbers were down considerably. They were only 16 baby beeves and 9 beef heifers taken to the 1958 State Fair. There were 32 head of dairy heifers. 4 exhibitors took sheep and 2 exhibitors took swine. Boys 4-H Basketball Tournament – held March 20, 21, & 22. Ten 4-H clubs participated with the 3 L’s club coming out the tournament championship. The rules set by the boys 4-H committee stated that 4-H members must have completed a project in 1957 by turning in a record book to the boys 4-H committee and attended 50% of the local meetings in 1957 as well as 50% of the meetings in 1958. Hop ‘N Hurry received the sportsmanship trophy.
158 girls completed projects in 12 Home Economic clubs and 247 boys completed projects in the 14 local agricultural clubs. 38 adult men leaders and 31 adult women leaders assisted with the County 4-H program.
Three girls 4-H clubs were organized during 1959, making a total of 14 girls clubs. One club, the Liberty Belles, joined with the Bussey Happy Hearts. The total enrollment was 231 with 179 of these girls completing the club year.
Girls Clubs: Bussey Happy Hearts, Cheeri Chix, Dalcher Go-Getters, Competine Crickets, Franklin Friends, Healthy Hustlers, Merry Maids, Tee-Nage Toilers, Summit Strivers, Victory Boosters, Washington Wonders, Lake Prairie Lassies, Tracy Tigerettes, Lucky 14. Two new clubs were organized during 58-59 making a total of 17 agricultural clubs. There were approximately 80 girls belonging to agricultural clubs and one half of these did not belong to home economics clubs. The total membership in the ag clubs was 335.
Boys clubs: County Line, Du R Best, Friendly Fellows, Hex-A-Poppin’, Hop ‘N Hurry, Just us, Lake Prairie Township Clubs, Lincoln Lions, 3 L’s, 4 L’s, Melcher Mi’T’s, Our Union Club, River Ramblers, We X-L, Tracy Tigers & White Breast Beavers. There were 627 clothing exhibits entered at the county fair. All 14 girls clubs had club booths at the fair. There were also 14 secretary’s books and 13 historian’s book. 13 girls entered 1 year expense account books and 2 long-time personal expense books.
Marion County was again represented at the State Fair but this year, the number of livestock taken was much smaller than usual, however, the quality of the livestock taken to state fair was again very good and Marion County had the grand champion baby beef shown by Jerry Bogaards of Pella. Darla Emerson showed the reserve champion angus heifer.
The following is the list of the 4-Her’s from Marion County that exhibited at the 1959 State Fair: Jimmy Rees, Ronnie Rees, Jerry Loynachan, Phil Clark, Tomma Lou Jordan, Richard Hixson, Don Frey, Carolyn Polito, Sam Fisher, Mary Ver Meer, Max Harrington, Paul Harrington, Ted Dykstra, Dyann Ver Dught, Marvin Verros, Jim Mason, Linda Kane, Veva Little, Billy Hodgson and Bruce Heaberlin.
Basketball tournament: After much debate about rules for the tournament, it was finally decided that the 4-Hers must turn in a completed record book in order to be eligible to play. Also only 10 year old first year members would be allowed to play, other first year members were not eligible. The Hex-A-Poppin’ club again had the concession stand. There were 2 divisions this year and they were divided on the size of the clubs. Those with 18 members or more were Senior or Class A division. Hex-A-Poppin’ were the winners of the Sportsmanship Traveling Trophy. 3 L’s were the Class A Champions. Our Union was the Class B Champions.
There were 15 girls clubs and 15 agricultural clubs.
Girls Clubs: Cheeri Chix, Competine Crickets, Dalcher Go-Getters, Franklin Friends, Happy Hearts, Healthy Hustlers, Merry Maids, Tee Nage Toilers, Summit Strivers, Victory Boosters, Washington Wonders, Lake Prairie Lassies, Lucky 14, Tracy Tigerettes, Knoxville Beaverettes.
Boys Clubs: County Line, Du R Best, Friendly Fellows, Hex-A-Poppin’, Hop ‘N Hurry, Just Us, Lake Prairie Township Club, Lincoln Lions, 3 L’s, 4 L’s, Melcher Mi-T’s, Our Union Club, River Ramblers, We X-L, Tracy Tigers, White Breast Beavers. There were 987 entries in Food & Nutrition by 4-H girls at the county fair. Each of the 15 girls clubs prepared a booth exhibit showing a special feature of some principle learned in foods & nutrition project this year. The booth exhibit contained only the special feature and the necessary placards needed to explain it. There were no record books, organization or activity posters included in the booths this year.
Basketball tournament: The Hop ‘N Hurry club won the final game beating the 3 L’s 35-27. In the consolation game the White Breast Beavers beat Hex-A-Poppin’ 30-16. The sportsmanship trophy was won by Our Union.
226 girls completed their year in foods & nutrition in the Home Economics 4-H clubs.
354 boys and girls completed their projects in the Agricultural clubs.
298 members of the 14 boys clubs turned in 4-H project enrollment reports for the 1960-61 year. Of these 262 completed their project by completing and turning in their record books to their leader to be graded. The number of members and number of animals or units enrolled in each of the different projects were as follows:
Project - Members - Total number of animals, units or acres
- Baby Beef - 112 - 189
- Dairy Heifers & Cows - 82 - 141
- Beef Heifers & Cows - 38 - 56
- Market Litter - 34 - 288
- Market Flock - 33 - 325
- Purebred Flock - 18 - 96
- Horse & Pony - 16 - 18
- Woodworking - 12 - ?
- Junior Cattle Feeder - 8 - 31
- Market Pig - 6 - 19
- Purebred Litter - 6 - 44
- Rabbit - 5 - 9
- Crop Production - 5 - 27 Acres
- Bee - 3 - 9 colonies
- Entomology - 3 - ?
- Home Garden - 3 - 6045 sq. ft.
- Electric - 1 - ?
- Farmstead Improvement - 1 - ?
- Forestry Identification - 1 - ?
- Tractor - 1 - ?
298 members of the 14 boys clubs in Marion County turned in 4-H project enrollment reports for the 1960-61 year. Of these 263 completed their project by completing and turning in their record books to be graded.
There were 260 exhibitors at County Fair, August 8-12. There were 167 baby beeves, 33 beef heifers, 6 cow and calf projects, 129 dairy animals, 28 exhibitors of market lambs, 15 exhibitors of purebred lambs, 34 in the market hog show, 7 purebred hogs, 12 exhibitors of horses and ponies, 4 exhibitors of rabbits, 1 poultry exhibitor. Also exhibiting with exhibits placed in the Girls 4-H building were three garden projects, 2 bee-keeping, 1 electric, 2 entomology and 9 woodworking. 34 members entered livestock at the Iowa State Fair.
For the first time a county-wide Mother-Daughter Tea was held early in the summer instead of the usual Rally Day. A joint rally night was planned for both boys and girls and will be held in the fall.
The Melcher Mi-T’s received the sportsmanship trophy at the Basketball tournament. Pella National Bank awarded the championship trophy to 3 L’s. It is felt that the 4-H basketball tournament probably should be continued with special emphasis on the sportsmanship part of it. It is also felt that the practice of letting grade school members play the first half and the older members play the last half. The use of project leaders was discussed with some leaders, but nothing definite was carried out.
Special recognition was given to Mrs. Lester Rankin for 30 years service to 4-H clubs in Marion County. A 4-H float for the Pella Tulip Festival was built by the boys and girls 4-H county officers. The theme for the float was “Blossoms in Clover” with four large crepe paper tulip blossoms in a field of 4-H four leaf clovers. There is a considerable amount of time spent on building a float. However, there were probably close to 30,000 people who saw the float and it exemplified 4-H’s part in the community.
Boys clubs: County Line, Du R Best, Friendly Fellows, Hex-A-Poppin’, Hop ‘N Hurry, Just Us, Lake Prairie Township Club, Lincoln Lions, 3 L’s, Melcher Mi-T’s, Our Union, Tracy Tigers, We X-L, White Breast Beavers.
Girls clubs: Cheeri Chix, Competine Crickets, Dalcher Go-Getters, Franklin Friends, Happy Hearts, Healthy Hustlers, Lake Prairie Lassies, Lucky 14, Merry Maids, Peppi Pals, Summit Strivers, Tee Nage Toilers, Tracy Tigerettes, Victory Boosters, Washington Wonders.
The Marion County Extension Council in July 1961 approved the formation of a County Youth Committee which would replace the Boys 4-H Club Committee, Girls 4-H Club Committee and the Youth Program Planning Committee. The objective of the County Youth Committee is: to increase the coordination between the boys and girls 4-H program in Marion and to increase public image of 4-H as one 4-H program with the same objectives.
The 4-H girls’ participation in County Fair can be divided into three areas, individual exhibits, booth exhibits by each club and demonstrations. Nearly 700 garments made in the clothing project were on exhibit. 289 members of the 14 boys clubs. Of these, 257 completed their project by completing and turning in their record books to their leader to be graded.
After discussion with the Youth Committee at the April meetings when summer events were planned, it was decided to have one day of judging and fitting and showing for the summer. 4-H Project Day was held at the fairgrounds starting at 9:30 am.
Marion County Fair Exhibits: 240 boys and girls from the Boys 4-H clubs and FFA chapters. There were 139 baby beeves, 39 beef heifers, 118 dairy animals, 40 exhibitors of 250 head of hogs, 129 lambs were exhibited by 30 members in the market class and 13 exhibiting 38 in the purebred classes, 24 entries in the horse and pony show, 8 woodworking, 5 garden 3 apairy, 1 electric, 1 plant collection, 3 pens of rabbits and 1 pen of poultry.
Boys 4-H Basketball Tournament:
The purpose of the boys 4-H Basketball tournament are:
- To encourage and teach sportsmanship p& cooperation.
- To increase club spirit and enthusiasm
- To provide a recreational activity for 4-H members.
13 of the 15 boys 4-H clubs in the county participated in the tournament. The championship was won by the White Breast Beavers Club. The sportsmanship trophy was won by Hop ‘N Hurry.
Boys clubs: County Line, Du R Best, Friendly Fellows, Hex A Poppin’, Hop ‘N Hurry, Just Us, Lake Prairie Township, Lincoln Lions, 3 L’s, Melcher Mi T’s, Our Union, Swan township, Tracy Tigers, We X L, White Breast Beavers
Girls clubs: Cheeri Chix, Competine Crickets, Dalcher Go-Getters, Franklin Friends, Happy Hearts, Healthy Hustlers, Lake Prairie Lassies, Lucky 14,
There were 3 new 4-H girls clubs organized in the county – Clever Clovers, Harvey Happy Harmonies, and Zion Sunshine Girls. Individual exhibits prepared by girls club members included more than 950 baked project entries, canned foods and table settings.
Girls 4-H booth exhibits this year emphasized the “science Whys” of food preparation and nutrition. Each of the 17 clubs participated and the general quality of these exhibits was considerable improved over previous years. 290 members of the Boys 4-H clubs and FFA chapters exhibited projects at the county fair.
There were 174 baby beeves, 50 beef heifers, 131 dairy animals, 38 exhibitors of 190 head of hogs, 138 market lambs were exhibited by 31 members in the market class and 14 exhibiting 34 in the purebred classes, 26 entries in the horse and pony show, 10 woodworking, 10 garden apiary, 5 entomology 1 electric, 1 climatology and 1 tree identification. There was also a small engine power contest with 5 4-H boys who carried the project having a chance to test the power of their engines with a dynamometer. There were also 2 entries in the 4-H small engine parts and function display.
The county 4-H basketball tournament was held at the Knoxville High School Gym. 16 4-H clubs participated in the tournament which included about 300 4-H members. The championship was won by Hex-A-Poppin’ 4-H Club. The winner of the sportsmanship trophy was the Du R Best club. The winner in sportsmanship is determined by the referees who officiate at the games. Approximately 500 people attended the tournament.
For the first time, an admission of $.25 for adults and $.10 for children not 4-Hers was charged. The profits from the admission charge and concession stand at the basketball tournament went toward county 4-H activities including the expenses from the tours during the return visit of the Kentucky 4-Hers on the Exchange Trip.
4-H Record Books went thru a revision. The necessary leader and member training to accompany those changes. 10 County 4-H Council was organized in December 1963 as an outgrowth of the District 4-H Conferences that were held in September of 1963 and 62. Max Harrington and Joann Harkin attended the Ten County 4-H Council meeting on December 2, 1963 and on March 9, 1964 held at Albia.
There were 18 clubs participating in the Basketball Tournament which included about 350 4-H members. The championship was won by Hex-A-Poppin’. The winner of the sportsmanship trophy was the Just Us 4-H Club. Each of the 16 clubs exhibited and prepared a booth to show some phase of the home furnishings project. There were almost 700 entries in the home furnishings classes.
Clubs: Clever Clovers, Harvey Happy Harmonies, Zion Sunshine Girls, County Line, Du R Best, Friendly Fellows, Cheeri Chix, Dalcher Go-Getters, Franklin Friends, Happy Hearts, Healthy Hustlers, Lucky 14, Merry Maids, Tee Nage Toilers, Summit Strivers, Tracy Tigerettes, Victory Boosters, Washington Wonders, Peppi Pals, Hex A Poppin’, Hop N Hurry, Just Us, Lake Prairie Township, Lincoln Lions, 3 L’s, Melcher Mi T’s, Our Union, Swan Swingin Striders, Tracy Tigers, We X L, White Breast Beavers, Pleasant Villagers, Dallas Falcons, Knoxville A-O.K.’s.
The county 4-H basketball tournament was held at Knoxville. 17 4-H clubs participated in the tournament which included about 320 4-H members. The championship was won by 3 L’s. The winner of the sportsmanship trophy was they Du R Best club.
There was a boy’s clothing program. Objectives: to conduct a special educational program for boys 4-h clubs during the winter months. To provide a program for all boys 4-H club members of importance and need for all members. To create an awareness among boys 4-H members of the importance of good grooming, care and selection of clothing for personal improvement. Create awareness among the 4-H parents of the overall educational objectives of the 4-H program. That of providing educational experiences in different types of educational programs.
All 18 boys 4-H clubs participated in these clothing activities to a certain extent. 13 of them had the clothing selection demonstration. The schedule was set up with three sets of models being used for this demonstration in February. There was no formal evaluation procedure. However, comments from boys leaders, parents and members were quite favorable in those clubs where the clothing selection demonstration was presented.
Girls clubs: Cheeri Chix, Clever Clovers, Dalcher Go-Getters, Franklin Friends, Happy Hearts, Harvey Happy Harmonies, Healthy Hustlers, Lucky 14, Merry Maids, Peppi Pals, Summit Strivers, Tee Nage Toilers, Tracy Tigerettes, Victory Boosters, Washington Wonders, Zion Sunshine Girls.
Boys clubs: County Line, Dallas Falcons, Du R Best, Friendly Fellows, Hex A Poppin’, Hop ‘N Hurry, Just Us, Knoxville A-O.K.’s, Lake Prairie Township, Lincoln Lions, 3 L’s, Melcher Mi-T’s, Our Union, Pleasant Villagers, Swan Swingin’ Striders, Tracy Tigers, We X-L, White Breast Beavers.
Roger Harrington received the National Sheep Award. A total of 551 boys and girls were enrolled in 39 4-H clubs with 83 adults giving leadership.
There were 16 clubs participated in the 4-H tournament which included about 220 4-H members. There were several changes made in the tournament this year. A junior and senior tournament was held with junior and senior games being played alternately throughout the three evenings. The junior team composed of 8th graders and younger played first half (two five-minute quarters) which constituted a junior game. The same then took place with the senior team the second half, thus basically having w tournaments. The junior championship trophy sponsored by the Town and Country Cleaners was won by the Just Us club and the senior tournament trophy sponsored by Pella National Bank was won by the 3-L’s. The winner of the sportsmanship trophy was won by the We X-L club. The winner in sportsmanship was determined by an extension youth committee member by observing from the stands. These new methods seemed real satisfactory and increased sportsmanship and participation in the tournament over previous years.
Junior Livestock Auction: The total sale grossed $46,155.00. 213 head of hogs were sold for an average of $26.18 a hundred. 45 head of sheep were sold for an average of $26.61 a hundred and 143 head of baby beef were sold for an average of $25.92.
Girls clubs: Cheeri Chix, Clever Clovers, Dalcher Go-Getters, Franklin Friends, Happy Go Lucky, Harvey Happy Harmonies, Healthy Hustlers, Lucky 14, Merry Maids, Peppi Pals, Summit Strivers, Tee Nage Toilers, Victory Boosters, Washington Wonders, Zion Sunshine Girls.
Boys Clubs: County Line, Dallas Falcons, Du R Best, Friendly Fellows, Hex A Poppin, Hop N Hurry, Just us, Lake Prairie Township, Lincoln Lions, 3 L’s Melcher Mi T’s, Our Union, Tracy Tigers, We X L, White Breast Beavers.
4-H enrollment includes 200 boys and 274 girls in 29 4-H clubs. 75 adults provide the 12 clubs with leadership. Basketball Tournament – We X L club were senior tournament champions and the white breast beavers were the junior champions. Roger Harrington of Harvey was selected as a national award winner in the area of Agriculture and received a trip to the National 4-H club congress in Chicago. County 4-H presidents were Dan Dennison and Peg Reese.
Girls clubs: Cheeri Chix, Clever Clovers, Dalcher Go Getters, Franklin Friends, Happy go Lucky, Harvey Happy Harmonies, Healthy Hustlers, Lucky 14, Merry Maids, Peppi Pals, Summit Strivers, Tee Nage Toilers, Victory Boosters, Washington Wonders, Zion Sunshine Girls.
Boys Clubs: County Line, Du R Best, Friendly Fellows, Hex A Poppin’, Hop N Hurry, Just Us, Lake Prairie Township, Lincoln Lions, 3 L’s, Melcher Mi T’s, Our Union, Tracy Tigers, We X L, White Breast Beavers.
There were 32 young people from Marion County and three leaders spent a week in Daviess County Kentucky on the 4-H Exchange trip.
158 baby beeves average $25.56 at Junior Auction; average price of 49 lambs was $25.84, while the 359 hogs sold averaged $23.83. Tracy Tigers club planted 2 Hackberry trees in the front lawn at Twin Cedars High School as one of it’s spring projects.
Girls clubs: Cheeri Chix, Clever Clovers, Dalcher Go-Getters, Franklin Friends, Happy Go Lucky, Harvey Happy Harmonies, Healthy Hustlers, Lucky 14, Merry Maids, Peppi Pals, Summit Strivers, Tee Nage Toilers, Victory Boosters, Washington Wonders, Zion Sunshine Girls.
Boys clubs: County Line, Du R Best, Friendly Fellows, Hex A Poppin, Hop N Hurry, Just Us, Lake Prairie township, Lincoln Lions, 3 L’s, Melcher MiT’s, Our Union, Tracy Tigers, We X L, White Breast Beavers.
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