Posted on April 19, 2011 at 10:39 AM by Global Reach
Kenneth inherited his passion for 4-H from his parents, Maurice and Fern Cook, who truly took to heart the challenge to make the best better through 4-H. He enjoyed livestock judging and has many treasured memories of showing livestock at the county and state fairs.
After both Ken and Evelyn graduated from Iowa State University, they came back to the farm and soon continued their 4-H involvement as 4-H leaders in New Providence – Ken, with the Providence Producers boys’ club and Evelyn with the Providence Pearls girls’ club. They were also chaperones on the annual 4-H Chicago trips.
The Cooks’ four daughters Diane, Andrea, Pat, and Sheryl were involved in Hardin County 4-H, and Ken and Evelyn now have six grandchildren very actively involved. Evelyn served on the Hardin County Extension Council for many years as well as the State Advisory Board. In addition, she has been a 4-H clothing judge in surrounding counties. In 1984, Kenneth was named an Iowa Master Farmer by Successful Farming magazine and in 1993, Evelyn was named an Iowa Master Farm Homemaker.