Thursday, June 16, 2011

C.R. Hudson and Farm Work in North Carolina

C.R. Hudson, one of the great leaders of agricultural extension in North Carolina died Sunday afternoon, March 3, at his home near the State College campus, ending a long career of usefulness to the State and its farming people.
Mr. Hudson was a native of Alabama, a graduate from Auburn. He came to North Carolina early in 1907, under the late Dr. Seaman A. Knapp, to start farm demonstration work as the first county agent and State leader. He spent most of his 67 years laboring among farm people and establishing the ground work of what was later to be the Agricultural Extension Service.
He married Miss Josephine Scott, daughter of that distinguished farm leader, R.W. Scott of Alamance, and sister of the present Commissioner of Agriculture, W. Kerr Scott. Mr. Hudson was buried on the grounds of the Hawfields Presbyterian Church near Mebane. His passing evoked words of sympathy and praise from farm leaders all over North Carolina. In his later years, Mr. Hudson retired from active extension work to direct farm demonstration leadership among Negro citizens.
The above story was published in the April 1940 issue of The Southern Planter.
The photo of C.R. Hudson is from Special Collections Research Center, D.H. Hill Library, N.C. State University. See for a story about Hudson's work in North Carolina. (Scroll down the page; it's below the story about Ernestine Nelson.)

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