Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Home Demonstration and 4-H Club News, September 1940

By Pauline Monroe in the September, 1940, issue of the Carolina Co-operator

Although 81 years old, Miss Gussie Carstaphen of Washington County believes in being prepared. Although there are only two in her family, she has canned more than 300 quarts of fruits, vegetables, and meats this year and is one of the most active members of her home demonstration club.

Granville County
Members of the Baily Home Demonstration Club in Granville County believe that all work and no play is good for nobody, and so they combined the two recently when they took a day off to improve the grounds of the Good Home Church. Their husbands and children helped to clean up the yard and plant flowers, and they stopped in the middle of the day for a picnic lunch which was enjoyed by all.

4-H Dress Review Winners
Hester Roberts of Robeson County won first prize in the 1940 4-H Dress Review held at N.C. State College with an all-purpose ensemble. The suit is beige and for correct street attire she wears the skirt with a plaid jacket and green blouse; complete suit with the green blouse is for church wear, and for school or sports costume she fastens a bib to the beige skirt with which she wears the green blouse.

Other prizes were won by Magdelene Dickerson of Vance County with the best dress; Mary Apperson of Davie County, informal party dress; and Ruth Bostian of New Hanover County, wash dress for school or sports wear.

Women’s Achievements
Over a period of 20 years, Mrs. J.V. Cargile of Madison County has built up a profitable business through growing and selling boxwood, which covers an entire acre and is valued at from $2,000 to $3,000.

Mrs. Florence Miller of Mocksville has recently improved her home to the extent of two coats of paint on the outside, papering and painting on the inside, and a number of minor improvements.

Mrs. Esther Higgins of Yancey County is the proud owner of a new pressure cooker, a prize awarded to the farm woman of the county making the most improvements to her home.

4-H Congress, Chicago
Miss Pat Graham, 16-year-old member of the 71st 4-H Club in Cumberland County, attended the 4-H Congress in Chicago as a result of conducting the best 4-H food preparation project in the state this year.
Fifteen other girls submitted project records in the contest and Miss Mary Louise Green of Morrisville, Route 1, in Durham County, was the second place winner. She will be the alternate in case Miss Graham cannot make the Chicago trip.

In announcing the results of the food preparation contest, Miss Frances MacGregor said that Miss Graham, daughter of Mrs. T.P. Graham of Fayetteville, Route 3, lives on a 20-acre farm and has been in club work for five years. Her club advisor was Miss Elizabeth Gainey, Cumberland County home demonstration agent. “Pat has completed 17 projects during her five years of 4-H Club work. She has conducted food preparation projects for three years, and poultry one year. Of course, she also has carried on health work all five years since this is a standard part of every club member’s activities. Pat was county health queen in 1938.”

This year Miss Graham prepared 603 meals and canned 376 quarts of food. Her ambition is to become a dietitian.

Anson County
Low income farm families of Anson County are turning our mattresses at the rate of almost 100 a week, reports J.W. Cameron, farm agent. To take care of applications received under the mattress-making program as set up originally, 276 bales of cotton and 24,690 yards of ticking have been shipped into the county. Families eligible to receive these mattresses assist in their making.

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