Posted on August 22, 2022 at 11:31 AM by Cade Cameron
Lola Trenkamp was born in 1960 to Leroy and Charlene Johnson. She spent her childhood on their family farm near Maquoketa, Iowa. There they owned and operated a Dairy Cow herd before transitioning to row crops and feedlot cattle. Lola was very involved in her youth in 4-H with the Cloverites Club and in the Maquoketa FFA.
On January 31, 1981 Lola married Lonnie Trenkamp in Preston, IA. Upon marriage, they began to operate the family dairy farm started by Lonnie’s parents West of Preston, IA. They purchased the family farm in 1994 and continued to operate the dairy and row crop farm until November of 2011. Lola loved her Holstein cows and spent a lot of her time with them or with her children over the over 30 years that they milked.
Lola was heavily involved with the Jackson/Clinton County Dairy Association during this time frame, helping promote the dairy industry and being a member of the dairy committee for the dairy show at the Jackson County Fair for many years.
Lola and Lonnie are proud parents to six children: Aaron (Carrie) Trenkamp of Grand Mound, Carl (Whitley) Trenkamp of Bellevue, Katie (Mason) Tieskoetter of Ossian, Evan (Dana) Trenkamp of DeWitt, Tyler (Rachel) Trenkamp of Maquoketa and Nicole (Ryan) Trenkamp of Wisconsin. Lola’s love for her family continues to grow over the years with the addition of 10 grandkids!
Volunteering with 4-H has been a part of Lola’s life for over 30 years. Lola’s passion for what 4-H provides carried through to her six children who were both members of the Preston Trailblazers. Not only did Lola volunteer with her children’s local 4-H club, but she has also been the superintendent of the Bucket Bottle Calf project for over 25 years and was a driving force of the continued large participation in the project by local youth. She has also been very involved with indoor project judging day.
Today, you can still find Lola at the county fair running the Bucket Bottle Calf Show, baking pies for the food stand and helping out wherever she can!
When Lola isn’t busy helping at a 4-H event, she can be found working on the family farm, butchering chickens, watching her grandchildren’s sporting events, and most importantly spending time with her family!
Thank you Lola for your many years of support to the Jackson County 4-H program!