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HARRISON COUNTY 4-H Supplement to the Logan Herald-Observer and Woodbine Twiner June 22, 2011



June 22, 2011

HOW 4-H BEGAN IN HARRISON COUNTY The articles of incorporation of the Harrison County Agricultural Extension Association were signed Sept. 30, 1912, making next th September the 100 anniversary of 4-H in Harrison County. Records show in February of 1914, the third Short Course was held in Harrison County. For both boys and girls, it consisted of classes in farm crops and soil programs, livestock and domestic science programs. Several contests were held including for boys and girls under 16 – ten ears yellow corn, any variety; ten ears white corn, any variety; for boys under 18 – corn and stock judging; for school boys – a scholarship for best standing in final examination; for girls under 16 – classes in white bread, layer cake, any frosting, white loaf cake, button holes, embroidered piece – scholarship to student getting best grade in regular course and scholarship for girls with best standing in final examination. Prizes were much better than they are today. A girl had the chance of winning a Lily Cream Separator valued at $75. The student making the highest score in stock judging won a Dempster Single Row Balance Frame Cultivator valued at $28. In 1914, Harrison County held its first poultry show, but records are not clear whether youth could enter the event. 4-H helped to spread new ideas by first exposing new methods to the more receptive youth through their 4-H projects. As a result, the parents would often watch their children experiment with new methods and eventually adapt these methods into practice themselves with their total farming operation. The documented records at the Harrison County Extension Office for 4-H start in 1925, but there is information leading to the belief that 4-H started prior to that. Letters from former 4H’ers tell the story of 4-H before 1925. Sometime between 1914 and 1921, 4-H officially started with clubs in place in 1921. The leaders of one of the clubs were Katherine Christensen, Anna Payne Howard and alternate Cecil Holman. Members were Rachel Carson, Zelma and Sylvia Taylor, Juanita and Ruby Holben, Alice Lee, Marjorie Riley, Lois Smith and Lottie Hildreth. Most of the time they rode their ponies to the meetings at the Allen Center Township School. In 1925, there were eight girls clubs with 81 members. They were called the “Own Your Own Room Clubs.” There were also 10 boys in the Pig Club and five boys and 17 girls in the Poultry Club. The Baby Beef Club started the next year. Rally Day in 1935 was held June 4 with a good number of girls, parents and friends attending. They sang, had a talk by

Clockwise from top, 4-H’ers learn mattress ticking in the early days; Allene Latta, extension home economist, Arlene Rohm and Lee Andreas at a 4-H camp; Jacqueline Smith, 1948 champion baby beef heifer; Lori Burbridge; Beverly Hansen, Kay Probasco, Aug. 14, 1969; Pisgah Pixies, Barbara Niles, Catherine Christensen, Mary Lynn Mann, Susan Griffith and Patty Harter; Eileen Kerley and Kim Noneman, 1974; Fun at the 4-H carnival. Idelia Bakke, the home demonstration agent, introduced the Ames delegates and heard a travel talk by Rev. Victor Johnson. There was an electrician and installation of the county officers for the coming year. They were: President, Eleanor Clark; Vice President, Hazel Rippey; Secretary/Treasurer, Maxine Clark; Reporter, Helen Edwards and Historian, Charles Mullenix. The 1940 4-H Girls Achievement Day had 10 clubs and 130 members present. Some of the demonstrations presented were “Dishwashing Made Easy,” “Wash and Wear It,” “Outwitting Bacteria” and “Cutlery Consciousness.” In the late 1950’s the fair was a central part of the 4-H program. The cattle and hogs were shown in a makeshift arena in the grass area east of the livestock barns. The barns were often full and overflow tents had to be erected. One 4-H’er during that time remembers staying at the fair grounds. They borrowed a truck and put up a tarp over the bed and a ramp up to the end gate. There was room for about eight boys and their sleeping bags, but not much sleep involved. He also remembers going to the 4-H camp in Madrid. In 1962, Harrison County had its first boys and girls joint 4-H Rally Day. This was a big

event with some 300 present. Around $60 was contributed for the International Farm Youth Exchange Program. From 1966, 4-H’ers had a chance to be on the Warren Nielsen Farm Report of the Week on the television show on KMTV Channel 3 in Omaha. 4H’ers were on every Saturday morning from many counties in Iowa and Nebraska. Harrison County had three times a year to provide topics. The youth taped the show on a Wednesday night at the studio and were given a tour if they wanted. They were then able to sit with their families and watch the show early on Saturday morning. This lasted until about 1995. In 1966, there were 391 entries in the Home Economics building at the county fair. In 2004, there were 1,190. Some new events were started in the 1970’s at the Harrison County Fair. In 1971 the Apple Pie Auction began with all funds raised going to the 4-H fund. In 1987, muffins were added to the contest for the younger 4-H’ers. The event usually raises around $7,000 a year for scholarships, awards and other supplies for the 4-H’ers. Gochenour Auctioneering has been volunteering its services since the start of the contest. The new babysitting course was started in 1971 with 36 participants. This program has con-

tinued throughout the years. The class is now held in six school districts across the county and has 75-115 participants each year. The dog and cat shows began in 1972 at the Harrison County Fair. The Southwest Iowa Area Council also began in 1972. That year David Dickinson and April Arrick were members of that elite group. In 1974, the Harrison County Fair Queen Contest was started and the king contest added in 1979. All contestants must be a 4-H’er and nominated by a county club. Enrollment in 4-H in 1971 increased 32 percent. That was the largest increase reported in the state for that year. There were 34 clubs in 1974 with a total of 594 members. Harrison County participated in the first statewide 4-H meeting via satellite. The office did not have the equipment for such a meeting, so participants met in three different houses around the county where it could be seen. In 1996, the Harrison County Fair grounds flooded a week before fair. With the help of many volunteers, the grounds were power washed, cleaned and sprayed for bugs. The fair started on the scheduled date and there were very few

signs that a flood ever happened. The first countywide beef weigh-in was held in 2004. Until that time, each club was in charge of its own and responsible for getting the papers and weight tickets turned into the office. When the 4-H Hall of Fame began, Harrison County’s inductee was Grace Vandemark. A long-time volunteer, Vandemark worked on the local, county, area and state levels. She also helped outside of 4-H. She was a 4-H volunteer for 35 years. The next inductee was Gary Guge, long-time CEED of Harrison County. Guge worked at the Extension Office for 40 years until his retirement. The next year, Beverly Harter was inducted. She had volunteered for 33 years and also worked at the Extension Office in various roles for a period of time. On 2005 Alice Meyer was inducted; 2006, Robert “Bob” Brock; 2007, John and Debbie Straight; 2008, Charlie and Julie Wisecup; 2009, Rex and Debbie Gochenour and in 2 0 1 0 , Rozanne King.


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BENEFITS OF 4-H MEMBERSHIP Do you ever wonder how 4H helps youth? It provides them with the life skills to become great adults. 4-H’ers learn how to talk to people of all ages. They are not afraid to visit one-on-one with people or to stand in front of a group and talk. They are the leaders in their club, school and community. Community service Dee Colwell becomes a part of a 4-H’ers County 4-H Youth life. They also learn many Coordinator other life skills while doing various projects. Many decide their future through those projects. In times of crises, Harrison County 4-H’ers are some of the first to volunteer to help. Many of them helped at Little Sioux when the tornado hit, some were in Mapleton recently to help that community, and 4-H’ers helped in the past with flooding at the fairgrounds and other places in Harrison County. Now they are preparing once again for flooding. 4H’ers are not afraid to work, in fact they thrive on helping others. They will be helping their families, neighbors and even strangers. They are not just doing the glamorous jobs, but the dirty jobs as well.

It was a delight to watch youngsters develop life skills through their participation in the Harrison County 4-H program. Participation in 4-H projects are the tools used to teach life skills. Two important life skills are learning to speak and present yourself in a favorable manner and learning to set short Gary Guge term and long term goals. I have Former Extension had several college professors and Director employers tell me that they can pick out students or prospective job applicants that have participated in a 4-H program.

Through the years, I have been a 4-H member, a 4-H club leader, a 4-H mom and now a 4-H grandma. And who knew I would end up working at the ISU Harrison County Extension Office for the past 25 years, heavily involved with the internal workings of the 4-H program? Carole Gorham 4-H has definitely changed Office Assistant since I first joined. I lived in rural Missouri Valley (originally “Old Town” in St. John’s Township) and was a member of the St. John Jolly Jill’s 4-H Club. For one thing, that name would no longer be allowed. At that time, 4-H clubs were generally “boys” clubs and “girls” clubs. If you wanted to show livestock, you needed to belong to a boys club, too. Also, each year there was a major emphasis for project areas and fair exhibits. For example, home improvement might be the topic for the year and your fair exhibits would fall under that category. The next year, it might be a food and nutrition year and you could add those kinds of fair exhibits. You did not have the option of exhibiting in the wide variety of project areas available to 4-H’ers today. Another big difference was that we could work on some projects at our club meetings. For example, we might work on constructing a portfolio for several meetings. And then everyone in the club would have a portfolio to exhibit at fair. Our club was smaller and there was time to work on those things at meetings, rather than having a separate club workshop. I feel one of the biggest benefits of 4-H is the learning of life skills that youth can take with them into adulthood. Those things that they master during their 4-H years will serve them well throughout their life. Camaraderie is another wonderful plus of the 4-H program. It is truly heart-warming to see youth from many parts of the county become friends.

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“The biggest thing that I see with kids in 4-H is that it provides a flexible program for them to develop life skills. Every individual has different interests and abilities. 4-H has so many varied options to provide our youth with opportunities to explore or develop under the advice and guidance of community volunteers. Rich Pope “I know from my own 4-H expe- Extension Program rience now, decades ago in Monona Coordinator County, my life was changed for the better. Also, I have life-long friendships and great memories of my 4-H leader and I see parallels with our 4H’ers club activities, some of whom will pass on their skills to the next generation.”

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Hawkeye Ramblers. Past Leaders: Jim and Cindy Mullenix; Lynn and Cindy Dickinson and Bob and Lorie Thompson were co-leaders. Activities the club has participated in the past 10 years: In October they start the year out with the hayrack ride and weenie roast. This is a great time for the club members to come back together and bring possible 4-H recruits. In November, the club celebrates National 4-H Week by bringing exhibitsawards into the media center at school to showcase. The club has gone ice skating and held a food stand at several auctions to raise money for the club. Last year, the club took money at the Hill Climb in Logan and plans to continue this as a fundraiser. Community Projects: Nursing home visits for interaction with the residents and made Valentine’s Day cards for the residents. In December, the club adopts a family or two and provides them with a Christmas. They co-sponsor the Easter Egg Hunt along with the Woodbine Chamber. The club has helped plant gardens at the entrance of Woodbine. They have scooped waste at the rodeo parade and cleaned up the Merrybrook School on Lincolnway in preparation for Applefest. Future Plans: People in the community know the 712-644-2151 • 712-322-7653 322 E. 7th St • Logan, IA • 51546

4-H Club is available to assist whenever needed. They continue to do the majority of activities they have been involved in. “In my opinion, 4-H is an awesome thing,” said Kristi Mentink. “I think the kids who have chosen to take part in 4-H are gaining life-long skills. 4-H provides the opportunity to make decisions, do things that you are really good at, try something new, develop communication and leadership skills, build new friendships, understand the meaning of community service and, most importantly, have fun. We have an excellent Extension program in Harrison County with Carole, Dee and Rich to assist us.” According to member Victoria Thompson, 4-H empowers youth. “4-H is a statewide community in which youth are empowered to learn, act and lead. I was first introduced to Harrison County 4-H in third grade. Now that I am going to be a senior this fall, I realize how much 4-H means to me. 4H has helped prepare me for my future. 4-H made me a better leader, a more confident public speaker and a more focused, detail-oriented person. My personal growths are replicated throughout all 4-H members. I am very proud to say that I am a member of Harrison County 4-H. I love it!”

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HARRISON COUNTY 4-H CLUBS L oess Hills L ancers

Members of the Loess Hills Lancers performing at Share the Fun at the Iowa State Fair in 2010. Leaders: Rob Rains, Regina Rains, Anne Prucha, Nancy Sipple, Stephanie Millikan, Tammy Neill, Marvin Neill, Ruth Utman, Rozanne King. Current Officers: President, Chance Sipple; vice-president, Blaire Shelton; secretary, Marissa Knott; treasurer, Ethan Earlywine; assistant secretary/treasurer, Darby Kuhlman; reporter/photographer, Emilee Earlywine; historian, Cortney Cooper. Current membership: 71 Meetings are held at 6:30 p.m., the first Sunday of the month at the Mondamin Community Center. History: This club was established in 1990 by combining West Solider Valley and the Allen Cloverleaf 4-H Clubs. Prior clubs in the West Harrison area were the Pisgah Pixies, Mondamin Lucky Clovers, Modale Handy Maids. Total Members: Annually this club has grown from 20 to over 70 members at present. Past Leaders: Glenna Guttau, Cindy Sproul, Jim Rains and Larry Guttau. Club Activities and Community Projects (over past 10 years): • 4-H camps and state 4H conference. • Annually exhibit and participate in activities at county fair. • Annually sponsor Mondamin Easter Egg Hunt. • County Fair Share the Fun, trash barrel contest. • Annual collection for the Harrison County Food Pantry. • Care packages for the troops. •Raking leaves for senior citizens.

• Serving at the local firemen’s dinner and HCDC annual meeting. • Caroling to residents in West Harrison area and Longview and Rose Vista Homes. • Reverse – trick or treat at Longview Home; holiday favors for residents. • Making and delivering lap blankets to Longview Home. • 4-H float in annual Pisgah, Mondamin, Modale, Little Sioux and county fair parades. • Providing games at Pisgah, Mondamin, Modale and Little Sioux community celebrations. • Raising funds toward the air conditioning and new doors at the county fair 4-H building. • Designing, planting and maintaining shrubs and flowers at Mondamin Firehall and Mondamin Park shelter. • Planting trees at Modale baseball field and West Harrison School. • Planting and maintaining flowers in Modale town planters. • Older members volunteering at Mondamin Methodist Food Pantry. Future Plans: The club plans to continue working to provide a fun and challenging 4-H experience for the members and to work with the communities to make the best better. Significance of Belonging to 4-H: 4-H provides an enriched setting through which members learn about specific projects of their choosing. Members are guided to set and achieve goals in their project areas. The added benefits are the development of self-confidence and self-reliance. Club

activities further develop communication, citizenship and leadership skills that are so very important to success as adults. Rozanne King: “It is our duty as adults to provide our youth with the opportunities to grow and mature into productive citizens. 4-H is the best organization through which to accomplish this: 100 plus years and going strong. “There are many positives that come from 4-H but if I had to narrow it down, I would call it ‘life skills.’ In the broader sense, how to live and grow to be a productive member of society. Through 4-H, members learn leadership, goal setting, interview skills, communication, civic responsibility, etc., all making them well-rounded individuals. “4-H offers opportunities that do not exist in school. It allows them to excel and achieve success in areas that excite and interest them. There are many different areas/projects they can work on and find their niche. Projects are as varied as the individual. There is nothing like seeing the ear-to-ear smile on a child who has achieved the goals he set for himself and learns he has received a purple ribbon and is going to state. “Since the ages range from kindergarten through 12th grade plus adult leaders, they have exposure and interaction with all ages. The older kids mentor the younger ones; the younger ones look up to the older youth and the leaders encourage and support them all. It is a win-win. 4H is for life!”

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Pictured in front from the left: Ben Hennessy, Logan; Jayden Burger, Logan; Austin Adair, Logan; Austin Yost, Logan; middle, Jessy Gochenour, Mondamin; Alex Knauss, Logan; in back, Hannah Wilkerson, Mondamin; Dana Edney, Logan; Emily Dickinson, Logan; Ally Wills, Logan; Shelby Yost, Logan. Organizational Leader: Debbie Straight Project Leaders: Pam Killpack, Sharmain Keller, Helen Knauss, Linda Adair, Linda Hennessy. Present Officers: President, Jessy Gochenour; vice-president, Angel Olsen; secretary, Emily Dickinson; treasurer, Hannah Wilkerson. Club Members: Austin Adair, Jayden Burgar, Abbie Carlson, Alexis Christians, Emily Dickinson, Dana Edney, Alivia Hedger, Ben Hennessy, Jessy Gochenour, Katelyn Hoff, Kaitlyn Holben, Kendra Holcomb, Gage Killpack, Grady Killpack, Alex Knauss, Angel Olsen, Braden Rosengren, Morgan Waters, Hannah Wilkerson, Ally Wills, Austin Yost. The Magnolia 4-H club has been in existence for more than 70 years, but was a separate boys club and girls club. In the early 1960’s when the Beverly Hillbillies show became popular, the club decided to change to the Magnolia Hillbillies 4-H Club and

combine the boys and girls. There were over 50 members. It has been one of the biggest clubs in the county for many years. Community service projects: Purchased 10 trees with a Pioneer grant and placed them in tornado victims’ yards in 1999; purchased hats and mittens, turkey and ham gift certificates for Adopt-AFamily; give small gifts for residents at nursing homes when the club goes Christmas caroling each year; helps with setup and cleanup, painted the fair board office and bathrooms at the fairgrounds; give appreciation supper for fair board members each year; sponsor children’s games during the fair; help serve meals at various functions; made lap robes for nursing homes; made table centerpieces for senior center; Halloween and Valentine’s Day reading parties at the library; helped with Operation Military Kids; made cookies and silverware pouches for military in Iraq and Afghanistan; made Valentine’s Day cards

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L uc ky St ars Leaders: Sherry Frazier, organizational leader; Anissa Darnell, project leader; Tara Frazier, project leader; Beth Casey, project leader. Officers: President, EJ Darnell; vice-president, Sam Thompson; secretary, Sam Thompson; treasurer, Stephanie Thompson; photographer, Brianna Darnell; historian, Stephanie Thompson, Brianna Darnell; reporter, club; recreation, Justin Thomas, Shelby Oloff. Members: EJ Darnell, Sam Thompson, Stephanie Thompson, Brianna Darnell, Shelby Oloff, Justin Thomas, Caitlyn Casey, Dawson Casey. Meetings: Held 5:30 p.m. the first and third Friday of month at Extension Office. Club History: The club started in Woodbine and was called the Lucky Clovers with Betty Monahan as leader. The club name changed in 1983 to Lucky Stars with Diane Rief and Dee Colwell as the leaders. Due to the illness of a leader, Connie Swift took over as leader until 2000 when her youngest child graduated. Sherry Frazier took over as leader in 2001. In 2006, Anissa Darnell joined as coleader. Tara Frazier and Beth Casey just signed on as project leaders in 2010. Total number of members the club has had: When the club was in Woodbine there were, on average, 30 members. Since it moved to Logan in 2001, membership still stands on average of 30 members.

Past Leaders: Betty Monahan, Diane Reisz, Dee Colwell, Connie Swift. Activities the club has participated in the past 10 years: • County Fair, Share the Fun, club booth, decoration of trash barrel, pie and muffin auction, ag-olympics, fashion review. • Milk Made Magic contest. • County council and junior county council. • Have made posters and decorated window at Extension office for National 4-H Week. • Members have attended 4-H camp as councelors and campers; Lucky Star members at the annual meeting included, in front from the left, Brianna Darnell, Shelby Oloff, Dawson Casey, 4-H youth conference. • Participated in battle Caitlyn Casey; in back, EJ Darnell, Sam Thompson, Justin Thomas and Stephanie Thompson. of the soup ladle. also get to meet new peo- like and explore what you smile on their face when • Members worked at Settlers parade. • Made cookies for the ple and do fun things are interested in. You they get their first blue the State Fair. learn to become someone ribbon. And then you • Held bake sales at senior center in Logan; with a group.” Justin Thomas: “To me who can teach, present, have the high school kids garage sales day in Logan. Valentines for residents of • Members have been Westmont; helped at the 4-H means hard work, educate and someone that join because mom on the royal court for Fair Dunlap Senior Center sacrifice and loads of fun. who people want to wanted them to be in 4-H with soup and sandwich It requires determination, know. You learn to plan because she was. They King and Queen. and to achieve what you don’t want to be there, so • Fun nights for mem- dinners and chicken sacrifice and humor.” set out to do. You learn they don’t even try to do EJ Darnell: “I believe meals. bers such as bowling, that even if you don’t get anything. But then after that 4-H is a way for kids Future Plans: Keep paint ball, roller skating, what you want there is they start coming and see to expand their horizons. growing with youth and zoo, swimming. always a next time even if what 4-H has to offer, it is They can do so through the 4-H program. • Field trips as project it doesn’t seem like it like a flower bud. They the various camps and What does 4-H mean ideas to DeSoto Bend, outings the 4-H program then. 4-H has helped me just take off and open up to you: veterinarian clinic. Brianna Darnell: “4-H offers. It is also a way for spread my wings and I’m and bloom into a beauti• Club of Excellence means a lot because I them to improve their sure that it will help me ful person. They discover participant. Community Service learned how to take care communication skills. It achieve more later in life all the things they can do, can also open their eyes thanks to the many skills all the possibilities that of my cat.” Projects: Shelby Oloff: “4-H to what really goes into that I have obtained in are out there. I have seen • Cleaning flower beds at Museum of Religious means a lot to me because the animal fields. People my 4-H career. 4-H has the quiet kids turn into I learn new things all the can learn the personal allowed me to be a friend great leaders in the club Arts. • Kids games at Village time. I like going to the experiences that had with people in the club and help with the Green, Goblins on the meetings and other activ- given birth to great lead- and to meet a lot more younger kids. They open ities. I really like doing ers and role models that friends and many, many, up and talk to groups and Green, Old Settlers. in front of crowds with are loved. So broaden more.” • Decorated city park things at the fair.” no problem and that Leader Sherry Frazier: your mind, open your Stephanie Thompson: light post for Christmas; makes them feel great. “In the years I have been heart, give yourself to “4-H means a lot to me flower pot on main street; You can see it in their a leader I have seen a lot larger service and because I learn new planted flowers in flower eyes. I think 4-H has very of growth. You have this improve your health to a things about life and how pots on main street; little third grader come significant benefits to helped Logan Chamber to do new stuff like better life.” Sam Thompson: “You with all this excitement belonging to a wonderful sewing, cooking and talkwith Easter Egg Hunt. • Entered floats in Old ing in front of people. You can expand on what you to do the projects and the youth organization.”

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Club Leaders: Gary Brock, Jennifer Malone Meetings: 7 p.m., first Sunday of every month at the 4-County Fairgrounds 4-H building. Officers: President, Katie Cogdill; vice-president, Holly Brock; secretary, Cassie McAllister; treasurer, Lexie Seuntjens; reporter, Jimmie Cogdill.

Vice-president Holly Brock was present at the annual meeting. Members of the Persia Satellites pictured in front from the left include: Kyle King, Persia; Emma Dahir, Minden; Lilly Dahir, Minden; Jill Manhart, Neola; in back, Hanna Dickerson, Neola; Jessica Blake, Persia; Emma Dickerson, Neola; Taylor Dickerson, Neola; Kelli Manhart, Neola; John King, Persia. Present Leaders: Rich Pope and Dee Colwell President Officers: President, Taylor Dickerson; vice-president, Hanna Dickerson; secretary, John King; treasurer, Kelli Manhart; reporter, Emma Dickerson; historian, Jill Manhart; photography, Emma Dahir.

Other club members: Jessica Blake, Nicole Corrin, Lilly Dahir, Noah Dickerson, Sam Dickerson, Kyle King and Robert Kinney. Meetings are held at 5 p.m., the third Sunday of each month at the Community of Christ Church in Persia. Community Projects:

The club has helped the Persia Fire Department with their annual breakfast; run the concession stand for the tractor pull; put flowers on the graves of old cemeteries around Persia; were bell ringers during the holidays; collected can goods for the food pantry at Halloween and many more.

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Harrison County Fair Queens and Kings 1974 – Donna Wede 1975 – Diane Grote 1976 – Connie Wede 1977 – Renona Olhava 1978 – Jackie Knap 1979 – Konnie Foutch, Nathan Weigelt 1980 – Connie Mattingly, K.C. Kersten 1981 – Kathy Moorman, Maxie Pitt 1982 – Jill Vandemark, Todd Cohrs 1983 – Jaynine Heim, Jon Schaben 1984 – Patricia Myers, Scott Kinzer 1985 – Laura Hougen, Duane Straight 1986 – Kelly Lukehart, Troy Hall 1987 – Kim Marley, Jason Boeck 1988 – Laura Hansen, John Hitchcock 1989 – Michelle Wehrli, Brian Barry 1990 – Jennifer Thomas, Doug

Cooper 1991 – Candi Farber, Mike Colwell 1992 – Helena Rieber, Doug Barry 1993 – Lynne Spooner, Bart Boustead 1994 – Melanie Anderson, Jim Guttau 1995 – Courtney Lawrenson, Ben Barry 1996 – Gwen Guttau, Jeremy Hoff 1997 – Kelly Ballantyne, Steve Smith 1998 – Jill Perkins, Adam Pryor 1999 – Jolene Gochenour, Nolan Hoff 2000 – Erika Alvis, Cody Thompson 2001 – Janelle Gochenour, Mick Guttau 2002 – Valerie Anderson, Mike Dickinson 2003 – Karli Storm, John Heim 2004 – Jena Greenwood, Seth Gorham

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History of the Harrison County Fair MARY DARLING For Progress From a livestock parade to a ladies drill team in 1899, the Harrison County Fair has a history spanning more than 150 years. Missouri Valley hasn’t always been headquarters for the event. It was first held in Magnolia in 1858. One of the drawing cards that year was a foot race between Judge King and Phineas Cadwell. In these early years, the fair was held in the vicinity of the old courthouse. That building was also used at times as a hall to exhibit fruits, vegetables and fine art work. The first annual exhibit was made in the autumn of 1858 and continued at the same place for the next eight years. One hundred and one premiums were awarded that second year including, best stallion, $3; fresh butter and cheese, $1; yarn stockings, $.50; best plowing, $3; embroidery, $.50; lady horseback rider, $4; and best seed corn, $1. In 1857 the fair was relocated to Little Sioux. The people there had enclosed 20 acres of land which provided a good race track. In 1872 the county fair settled in at the present site in Missouri Valley. The Floral Hall, a 30’ by 100’ structure was erected in 1887 at a cost of approximately $1,200. In 1887 gate money amount to $1,700 and other cash resources were $2,700. In 1899, the fair featured what the paper called, “a very pleasing exhibition.” It was a ladies drill team headed by Col. Newton. This company was made up of 25 of Harrison County’s “beautiful young ladies” who had become very proficient in military evolutions. In the first fair of the 20th Century held in October of 1900, the event of the day was the floral parade held

in the spacious amphitheater. An estimated crowd of 5,000 people had filled the grounds that afternoon. Six floats were represented in the contest. According to publisher F. McCabe, by 1913, the 55th meeting of the Harrison County Agricultural Society, as the fair was known, was somewhat of an improvement over the shows of the past years, but “lacked a good deal of being what a Harrison County Fair should be.” McCabe felt the fair that year, “lacked the enthusiasm, the spirit that makes a fair or any other public gathering go.” He said the entertainment on Friday consisted of “some rather poor races, two very punk, rotten or poor ball games.” By 1921, things must have improved as the paper said there were good displays of first-class stock. The amusements were sufficient to entertain the people very nicely, and the races speedy and ball games exciting. Logan won the game against Little Sioux that year and was to play Missouri Valley. The editor reported that, “The fair this year is the kind of fair this county wants. The grounds are not given over to disreputable shows to the disadvantage of legitimate enterprises.” One of the features was the parachute man that year. “He made his drop on Friday but didn’t know just exactly where he was going but he knew he was on the way.” The man landed all right, but pretty close to a stand of bees. “In running to keep his upright position, and save himself from a fall when he struck the ground, he overturned a hive and the busy occupants of the honey storehouse didn’t propose to have their home upset without retaliating so every individual bee in that hive set upon the visitor from the sky and stung him

industriously and repeatedly.” The Logan Boy Scouts took first place that year in the first aid contest at the fair. Dr. Kennedy was in charge of the boys, who received $5 for their first place finish. In 1933, the fair featured the Texas Rangers Rodeo. The event featured cowboys, cowgirls, bull-fighters, horse wranglers, bucking horses, Texas steers, high school horses, trick roping and riding. Admission was 50 cents and 25 cents for children. There were eleven exhibitors from the livestock club in the baby beef classes that year with 18 calves in the show. Eight dairy calves were shown by three exhibitors and 38 pigs shown by seven exhibitors. In 1941, John Glennie served as President of the fair board, James Earlywine as vice-president, and Frank C. Burke as treasurer. In 1949 the fair began Aug. 29. It featured Joie Chitwood’s Auto Dare-devils from Florida. They used 1949 model Ford stock cars, Hollywood motion picture stuntmen, speedway auto race pilots and others. A new feature was three horse races that year. There were numerous improvements of buildings at the fairgrounds, one of the most noteworthy was the conversion of the former bandstand into a convenient office building for the fair officials and workers. The building is 22’ by 24’. The south third of the building was partitioned off for private offices for the officials and workers. It adjoined the floral hall. The ladies and mens restrooms had been renovated and improved and the horse barn repaired as well as the old poultry house. A traveling wildlife exhibit of the Iowa Conservation Commission, much in demand across the state, made a stop at the county fair in 1950. The

Lucky Lot auto thrill show drew a crowd of thrill seekers to the grandstand for the shows. Howard Harter showed the champion market lamb and Jimmie Kersten of Logan the grand champion market pig. In 1955 a cattle barn was built. Movieland Horse Capers were featured and presented the “most dangerous stunts ever performed” while standing on four flying horses a the fair. Paul Watts, Extension Director, said 97 head of beef, 42 dairy cattle, hogs exceeding 100 and 30 fat lambs were entered in the livestock show. A group of 25 4-H girls presented several vocal numbers at the fair. They were directed by Miss Kathryn Logan. Following the vocal group, Grace Higgins of the Douglas Daisies 4-H Club gave the “Country Girls” Creed and the J.C.C. 4-H Club presented a folk dance. Forty rural schools had 370 exhibits in the rural school section at the Harrison County Fair that year. In 1956 a second cattle barn and hog shelter were built and gates opened for the first free fair. In 1964 the Floral Hall was torn down and a new one erected at a cost of $5,780. By the 1960’s the big feature of the fair was the 4-H livestock show, which in 1968 was one of the largest in years. Of special interest was the beef show in which 225 animals were entered, and Mike Hack took home grand champion honors for showing the top steer. Total livestock shown that year was a reported 500 head. Closing the fair on Sunday night was a performance featuring Kitty Wells. A huge crowd attended that show, and several thousand people witnessed the fair each day. In 1971 the show arena and steel commercial building were erected on the fairgrounds.

Montana Winther has a little talk with his beef entry in this 2009 photo. In 1976 evening entertainment included the “ever popular” demolition derby and a performance by Houdini’s true successor, Charley Myrich, who was billed as the world’s greatest escape artist. A “Years of Progress” contest was held, which consisted of entries in four classes. Sunday afternoon the Blackwood Brothers performed. A camping fee of $5 was initiated that year for camping on the west side of the show barn. It was needed due to increasing costs of garbage pickup and clean-up costs. Kevin Lundergard showed the grand champion market beef, Jill Straight the champion market hog, Kim Koenig the grand champion individual lamb, and Ken Fouts was senior showman at halter champion in the horse show. The grand champion pie was baked by Lori Burbridge and sold for $118. In 1985 the Grandstand burned. A new one was erected in 1986 and a roof was added in 2000. In 1996 the floods hit and hit and hit. About a week before the start of the county fair, the entire fairgrounds area was under water. By early morning Fri., July 19, the fairgrounds were flooded. County Extension Assistant Carole Gorham reported six inches of water in the exhibit

building with about one foot in some areas of the grounds. “We’re going to do what we can to have a fair so the kids can go on to the state fair,” said Curt Baldwin, Fair Board President. Fair directors, staff, a host of county-wide volunteers, and city workers showed just what team work can accomplish when they joined together to repair and prepare the grounds for the county fair that year. They were successful and the fair went on as planned. As the new millennium dawned in 2000, the fair began it’s 142 consecutive year. For one of the few times, temperatures were at the comfortable level with no sign of the usual heat and humidity that everyone has gotten used to. Erika Alvis and Cody Thompson served as the queen and king with residents still being treated the popular demolition derby, livestock shows, free entertainment, and 4-H activities. The 2011 Harrison County Fair is again facing the threat of extended flooding. The Fair board made the decision to relocate the 2011 fair to the Dunlap Four-County Fair site in Dunlap. It will be held the same days, July 19-24 and will follow the published schedule as closely as possible.

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How the Agriculture Extension Service Began Taken from History of Harrison County published 1981 The Iowa State University Cooperative Extension Service began in Harrison County in 1912. As the name implies, the purpose was to extend the research findings and information of the land grant institution (Iowa State University) to the residents of Harrison County. The articles of incorporation of the Harrison County Agricultural Extension Association were signed Sept. 30, 1912, with the following signing the incorporation: H.N. Lawrence, W.W. Latta, W.L. Hull, E.B. Grossmann, Fred Divelbess, J.M. Foutch, W.L. Orr, W. N. Tupper, C.W. Hunt. The members of the association acquired by free will offerings a Shortcourse Building used for holding shortcourses on agricultural and home economic topics. Programs and demonstrations were provided by professors from Iowa State University. Since its inception, the Extension Service has been a cooperative endeavor, with funds provided by the State and Federal Governments and from within the county. The first governing body which assumed responsibility for local funding was the Harrison County Shortcourse Committee. The

Harrison County Farm Bureau became the sponsoring group in 1918 and continued to be the governing body until 1955, when the Iowa General Assembly passed the County Agricultural Extension District Law establishing Agricultural Extension districts governed by the County Agricultural Extension Council, which serves as a subdivision of state government. The first Harrison County agent, C.W. Hammans, began his work in 1918. Information obtained at the experimental college showed how it would be put to practical application to increase food production. As more farmers became interested in improving technology and efficiency of production, more demands were placed upon the agent’s time. In order to increase the effectiveness of the information being relayed to individuals throughout the county, a system of trained leaders was developed. These leaders, in turn, passed along information to their neighbors, in many instances, serving as cooperating farmers with result demonstrations which would be viewed by neighbors. The 4-H part of Extension helped spread new ideas by first exposing new methods to the more receptive youth

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through their 4-H projects. As a result, the parents would often watch their children experiment with new methods and eventually adapt these methods into practice themselves with their total farming operation. During the 1940’s, emphasis was placed on food production. Through World War II, most of the teaching techniques consisted of result demonstrations, established in each of the townships. Conservation was also emphasized in the 1940’s with particular emphasis placed upon proper land use, which in turn would result in greater yields. As a result, enough interest was generated in the conservation movement to start a Soil Conservation District. Throughout the 1940’s, the main objective of the Extension educational programs was to inform the public of new ideas and to create an awareness of how to convert these ideas to practical use. During the 1950’s, however, the goal changed somewhat. As technology improved at a rapid rate, information was becoming available through mass media and new teaching techniques were being employed. Through mass media, the latest information was reaching farmers in a relatively short time. As a result, additional emphasis was placed on educational programs to adapt these methods to specific situations, particularly helping provide bases for economical feasibility. During the 1960’s and 1970’s a rapid change in agriculture took place as farm population continued to decrease and farm size grew larger. Adoption of agricultural technology in selection

of varieties and the use of fertilizers and pesticides saw yields of crops double and triple from earlier years. Throughout the history of Extension Home Economics, work in the county consisted of a wide variety of topics to assist home makers to improve the living conditions of their families. Cooking, canning and sewing demonstrations by the County Home Economist evolved to selection of labor saving appliances and economic use of prepared foods. The county agent, over the year’s was involved in a wide variety of activities to help in meeting the educational demands of county farmers. Adaptation of hybrid corn; survival in drought years; eradication of tuberculosis and brucellosis in cattle; increased use of fertilizer; control of Hessian fly, grasshoppers, chinch bugs and corn rootworms; demonstrations of the best method of big team hitches, and of pruning and spraying apple trees; bee keeping demonstrations; modern soil survey; and production testing of dairy herds were only a few of the programs throughout the years. Six individuals have served as County Agricultural Agents or Extension Directors since 1912: C.W. Hammans, 191820; Carl Fritzsche, 1920-24; F.B. Hanson, 1924-36; E.I. Rosenberger, 1936-44; Paul Watts, 1944-70; Gary Guge, 1963-2004; Clint McDonald, 2004-2009. Due to changes in the Extension system in 2009 there are no more county extension directors, but Rich Pope, hired by the Harrison County Extension Council, presently serves as County Extension Program Coordinator.


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