Posted on March 24, 2011 at 3:10 PM by Global Reach
Clarence Moffitt was a charter member of the Be-Square 4-H Club formed in January 1932. He previously belonged to the Purebred Beef Heifer Club. As a 4-H’er he participated in State Fair six years, Boys Short Course three years, National Club Congress five years. He also served as a county officer.
In 1930, Warren County club members lost $194.81 on feeding 27 calves but won $431 in premiums. The outstanding calf of the year was a purebred Shorthorn exhibited by Clarence Moffitt. The calf was first in the junior class at the county fair, twelfth at the Iowa State Fair and first in junior class at the Chicago International. Written on the last page of his 1930 Home Record Book, Iowa Baby Beef Club, Clarence wrote “also fed 2 other calves whose record books were misplaced”. Some things never change!
Clarence served as County Club Agent from April 1, 1942 – April 30, 1946. During 1943, wartime restrictions greatly curtailed 4-H club activities and there were no camps or club tours. In 1944, the 4-H club members purchased $3,253.92 worth of war bonds and stamps and aided in selling many more. Ten of the girls clubs participated in scrap drives and Red Cross work.
Clarence was a member of the Warren County Farm Bureau, American and Iowa Shorthorn Association, the Iowa and Warren County Cattlemen’s Associations and a past president and vice president of the Warren County Fair Association. He served as secretary-manager of the Warren County Agricultural Association and was a cattle superintendent. He was voted Fairman of the Year in 1976 by the Iowa Association of Fairs.
Clarence passed away June 20, 2002. Warren County 4-H’ers will miss his keen memory and wonderful stories of 4-H and the fair.