Wednesday, May 25, 2011

From the January 1952 issue of Extension Farm-News

Hertford Named ‘County of the Year’
Hertford County in eastern North Carolina has been named “County of the Year for 1952,” in the State Rural Progress Campaign with special reference to Negroes.
Besides the honor, the county qualifies for a $500 cash prize given by Dr. Clarence Poe, president and editor of The Progressive Farmer. The campaign was sponsored by A. & T. College in cooperation with other state agricultural and educational agencies. Forty-one counties, representing every section of the state, participated. Runners-up were Duplin, Rockingham, Edgecombe and Orange.
Iredell Woman Wins Dish for Conservation of Food
An Iredell County Home Demonstration club woman walked off with top honors in the State Food Conservation Contest, reports Extension Food Conservationist Rose Ellwood Bryan.
Mrs. James C. Crawford of Statesville, Route 5, won a covered silver vegetable dish for her 1952 family food conservation plan. As state winner, Mrs. Crawford conserved a grand total of more than 877 quarts of food last year. To win the contest, sponsored by the National Garden Institute, Mrs. Crawford had to produce and conserve at home an adequate supply of food to properly feed her family for one year.
Tar Heels Win Several Prizes
Tar Heel youths were prominent at the National Junior Vegetable Growers Association convention in New York in early December.
Bobby Smith and Clarence Chappell Jr., both of Belvidere, won seventh place in the nation with their sweet potato demonstration. Edwin Parker, Route 1, Windsor; Jimmy Hendrix, Greenville; Johnnie Roy Reavis, Route 2, Statesville; Jeanean Matre, Routh 4, Elizabeth City; and Margaret Lee Lester, Route 2, Reidsville, were state production and marketing winners.
John Parker, brother to Edwin, and Bobby Smith each received $100 as sectional winners.
Iredell County won a plaque for having the largest enrollment of any county in the nation in the production and marketing phase of the NJVGA.
Club Women Make Yadkin Hospital Dream Better
Yadkin County folk long dreamed of a hospital, according to Irene Brown, home agent, and now that they have one the Yadkinville Home Demonstration club is doing its best to provide for the comfort of patients.
Mrs. Walter L. Hinshaw, club president, says members made hundreds of pieces of linen for the hospital, and plans have been made to furnish flower containers, water glasses, magazines, and flowers.
Orange Farmers Increase Income
Despite severe drought and other problems, more than 100 Orange County farmers increased their gross cash farm income last year by $1,000 or more and thus met one of the major goals of the county’s Rural Progress Program.
This program concluded with a Rural Progress Night at Hillsborough High School, with several hundred persons present to hear reports on the year’s work and to see prizes awarded to winning individuals and communities. F.H. Jeter, Extension editor, was principal speaker.
The reports showed that, in addition to farm progress, many improvements had been made in the rural homes of the county, and at least 14 communities had conducted outstanding projects.
Cedar Grove Ruritan Club won first place in community activities, with Cedar Grove Negro PTA second. In the contest for outstanding work by neighborhood leaders, Caldwell was first, White Cross second, St. Mary’s third, and New Hope fourth.
Cash prizes were donated by business concerns of the area.
From the Around the State column:
Completion of the first REA-financed telephone system in North Carolina—and one of the first in the nation—was celebrated at Rockwell High School, Rowan County, on “REA Telephone Day,” October 9. The new system eliminates the “party line” and toll charges on calls to Salisbury, and brought shiny new telephones to 500 rural families in eastern Rowan previously without this service.
Governor Scott made the principal address and also placed the first call on the new system, talking with REA Administrator Claude R. Wickard in Washington.

[Congress established the Rural Electrification Administration (REA) in 1935 to lend money to companies and cooperatives to provide electricity to rural areas. Congress extended it to help provide telephone service to rural areas in 1949.]

Extension Farm-News was published by the Agricultural Extension Service, North Carolina State College, Raleigh, for its employees.

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