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2022 Louisa County Irv Meier

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 11:48 AM
The gentleman nominated for the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame from Louisa County was actually raised in the 50s and 60s in Wright County. Living just outside of a town there, he was a perfect candidate for a 4-H club, so his parents signed him up -- and he loved...

2021 Louisa County Don & Judy Wilson

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 9:13 AM
In 4-H there are a few that win the awards and honors and the claims to fame. But there are others who shine even more brightly as they quietly get the work done day after day; lead the clubs; donate year after year for trophies; attend the fairs, the rally...

2020 Louisa County: Jean Bermel

Posted on 08/23/2020 at 12:00 PM
4-Her’s, even back in the late 1960’s and into the 1970’s, recited the same pledge that we recite today in 4-H. You know how it goes…the pledging of your head, heart, hands and health? That pledge must have rung true and made a lasting impression on the woman who is...
Posted in Louisa, 2020 |

2019 Louisa County: Gloria Hafner Newell

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 1:22 PM
What happens when you are no longer involved in something you truly loved as a youth and young adult; when you believe in the value of something for youth, even though you have no children involved? What do you do when you feel that something should carry on after you...
Posted in Louisa, 2019 |

2018 Louisa County: James & LuAnn Everett

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 3:33 PM
Was she a 4-Her? Yes she was. Was he a 4-Her? Yes he was. Did they raise their family in 4-H? Yes, of course they did! But this year’s inductees for the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame from Louisa County are not being inducted for the time they spent in...
Posted in Louisa, 2018 |

2017 Louisa County: Fred and Vonnie Carlson Family

Posted on 08/28/2017 at 8:42 AM
Service to others was a hallmark of the late Fred Carlson. Fred served in the Army Air Force, Army National Guard, and the Navy, before he married the love of his life, Vonnie and settled down in Louisa County to raise 6 children. But military service was only the beginning....

2016 Louisa County Bryan and Jill Hoben

Posted on 08/26/2016 at 8:52 AM
Many “4-H parents” are actively involved in 4-H while their own children are involved in 4-H. That makes it a family affair and that’s part of the value of 4-H. The 2016 Louisa County nominees for the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame took it up a notch and made their...

2015 Louisa County- F.D. and Lucile Smylie

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:37 AM
F. D. grew up in Columbus Junction and Louisa County and graduated from Iowa State. Then he did what so many young people want to do – he left Iowa for California! Lucile was raised on a farm, graduated from Grandview High School and the University of Iowa then began...

2014 Louisa County - Mike Hendrickson

Posted on 08/18/2014 at 8:08 AM
Legend has it that Mike Hendrickson’s grandfather was one of the founders of the Louisa County 4-H Club known as JCAB. Perhaps that’s true, but the Louisa County 2014 inductee for the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame was never a member of that club – or any other 4-H club....

2013 Louisa County - Janet Pretz

Posted on 08/08/2013 at 11:27 PM
From 1948 to 1957 this year’s Louisa County inductee, Janet Pretz, for the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame was a member of the Cotter area girls Cloverleaf 4-H Club. During that time she especially enjoyed the years that the club focused on the home improvement project area. She also wanted...

2012 Louisa County- Robert & Marillyn Schlutz

Posted on 07/30/2012 at 11:01 AM
This year’s inductees to the 4-H Hall of fame from Louisa County are in what they describe as their “giving back” phase. Robert Schlutz and Marillyn Furnas were born and raised on farms in Louisa and Muscatine Counties, respectively. They had both been in 4-H since 4th grade and found...

2011 Louisa County - Dr. Raymond Dill

Posted on 08/30/2011 at 1:32 PM
It’s understandable when a parent or grandparent contributes time, money, sweat and tears to the 4-H program in Iowa, especially when they were also in 4-H; that’s an investment in family and the future. But how do you explain someone that makes that kind of investment without family ties to...

2010 Louisa County - Royce and Charlotte Bonnichsen

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 1:12 PM
A lifetime 4-Her….that’s how Charlotte describes her involvement in the program. The ISU Extension Yearbooks in Louisa County show her as a 1st year 4-Her in 1944. She was a member of the Live Wires, a club in the Wyman area, for the next 7 years. Later as a mom...

2009 Louisa County - Bill & Helen Edwards

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 1:30 PM
He was the quiet, introverted type; she was outgoing and talkative: but they both found 4-H to be something that appealed to them when they were youngsters. For William (Bill) Edwards and Helen (Richardson) Edwards, that appeal has grown over a lifetime into something more like a love of 4-H...

2008 Louisa County - Terry & Janice Pugh

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 10:22 AM
Terry and Janice Pugh of Columbus City have lived on a little ‘mini farm’ for 34 years. Raising sheep and seeing the beauty of each new baby lamb born in the spring. From the births to the bottle-fed the couple have enjoyed this chore together and share their interest of...

2006 Louisa County - Shirlee Werner

Posted on 04/05/2011 at 1:06 PM
Shirlee Werner (then Shirlee Della Penna) was a member of 4-H in Louisa County as a child. During her 4-H years she participated in many projects of the club, but some of her favorite activities were clothing construction and the style shows that followed. What Shirlee did in 4-H as...

2005 Louisa County - Larry Boysen

Posted on 03/31/2011 at 2:29 PM
4-H has been an important part of Larry’s life for 56 years. He joined the local neighborhood 4-H club in 1949. Along with a brother and sister being 4-H members, his mother was also a leader. A few years pass by and Larry finds himself the leader of the Wamaco...

2004 Louisa County - Kathy Barrick

Posted on 03/31/2011 at 11:24 AM
When Kathy Barrick joined the Marshall Miniature Farmeretts 4-H Club, she never thought that 30 years later she still would be involved with Louisa County 4-H. After graduation from Central College with a degree in Home Economics plus vocational certification from Iowa State University she began teaching Home Economics in...

2003 Louisa County - A.J. Boysen

Posted on 03/29/2011 at 1:36 PM
After WW II and with an Agriculture Farm Operation degree from Iowa State College in 1948, A.J. Boysen married and returned to his home farm in Louisa County. A few years later A.J. was approached by neighbors to organize a Marshall Township 4-H club, which was called Marshall Miniatures Farmers....

2002 Louisa County - Keith B. Hiller

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 1:54 PM
Keith Hiller's, 4-H contributions began in 1924 when he joined 4-H and continued as a member for 12 years. During this time he carried a variety of agricultural projects and was active in county 4-H activities, attended the State Boy's 4-H Short Course and won a trip to the International...
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