Friday, August 5, 2011

State Extension Editor Addresses Wilson and Sampson County Rotarians, 1938

From the Wilson Times, published March 18, 1938
Paying tribute to Dr. S.H. Crocker of Stantonsburg, the Hon. F.W. Boswell of Oldfields, and other prominent farmers of Wilson County, Mr. F.H. Jeter, publicity director of Extension, last night before the Rotary Club of Wilson . . .  referred to the great advance in farming in Eastern North Carolina and declared there was an opportunity to make greater advances in the years to come. He praised the farm bill and congratulated the farmers of the nation in having it put over.
“This measure paves the way to a more prosperous era, for with the conservation act intended to bring the farmers into a more balanced plan of farming which involves soil improvement and more produce to the acre, we shall find that the country is working into making a living on the farms and towards a more abundant and a richer life,” he said.
He talked of soil erosion and the efforts of the agricultural department to prevent this waste of soil and fertility. He wanted a cow on every farm and more milk and butter, for there are babies, he said, “in this county and in other counties in the state that have never and a drop of milk since they left their mothers’ breasts. No wonder there are misshapen limbs and poor teeth and broken down health. The children should be given a chance.” Cows, hogs and poultry on the farm make their contribution to a happy, healthy and abundant life. He also eloquently referred to the awakening of the farmers on the subject of caring for their forests and the value of timber for fuel and wood pulp for paper manufacture.
Mr. Jeter told a number of good jokes and entertained and edified the farmers, guests of the members of the Rotary Club, and at the conclusion was warmly praised and thanked by President Garry Fulghum and Mr. Ben Eagles, farm member of the club, and Mr. Miley Glover, chairman of the program committee. Mr. Jeter was introduced by Farm Agent W.L. Adams….
The occasion was one long to be remembered. ….
The farmers present were invited by the members, each member having as his guest a farmer, and they were from every township in the county. They expressed themselves as highly pleased with the speech and with the evening and with the working of the club. Their welcome was most cordial and they were told to drop in on the club whenever they were in town.
A roll call denoted the following farmers present: Mssrs. J.L. Johnson, J.A. Watson, John Watson, Howard Watson, M.P. Whitley, R.H. Thorne, Dr. S.H. Crocker, J.R. Yelverton, F.W. Boswell, R.H. Thomas, L.P. Walston, Mr. O’Neil, J.C. Eagles, H.R. Wilkerson, J.H. Fulgham, W.L. Shelton, W.L. Adams, J.W. Hayes, N.A. Garner, A.G. Floyd, J.W. Robbins Jr., Julian Wooten, Kermill Brame, and L.A. Gardner.
From The Sampson Independent, Clinton, N.C., published March 24, 1938
Frank H. Jeter, extension editor at State college, Raleigh, delivered a most interesting address before the Clinton Rotary Club at its regular weekly meeting Thursday evening of last week. The speaker was presented by Rotarian Bill Bailey, formerly of Raleigh.
Mr. Jeter’s talk was along agricultural lines, a subject with which he is entirely familiar. He declared in beginning his instructive talk that the successful farmer of today must be a man with brains. “It takes a real man to farm, if he is to be successful, under present-day roles and regulations,” he said.
The speaker called attention to the part civic clubs should play in the agricultural realm. He emphasized the need for preserving and protecting the natural resources, especially as they apply to agriculture. He recalled that one North Carolina farmer once told him that nobody could tell him how to farm. “Why, I’ve already worn out three farms,” the farmer told him. Mr. Jeter stressed the need for building up the farms instead of wearing them out, as is so often the case. He pointed out the part legumes play in soil building, and declared that more of these crops should be planted in North Carolina. “There are children in Eastern North Carolina that don’t even know the taste of milk,” he asserted, adding that there should be a cow on every farm.
Mr. Jeter also urged the importance of the home garden and home orchards in providing food for the family.
The speaker interspersed his talk with his usual wit and humor and his address was thoroughly enjoyed by all who heard him.

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