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                 A Little History

All photos on this page are courtesy of the Extension Services’ booklet Boys’and Girls’ 4-H Clubs in Maine, written by Clarence A. Day, Extension Editor, in 1933. A special thanks is extended to Lisa Phelps, 4-H Program Administrator, for kindly sharing the booklet.

Wide Awake 4-H Club, Hiram, 1926.  Leader and members all belonged to the same family.

One of the first boys’ 4-H clubs in Maine.  Taken at the Bowdoinham Club Field Day in 1916.  Charles M. White, Local Leader.

A club meeting in sight of the birthplace of Hannibal Hamlin on Paris Hill.

F.H.B. Heald, of Scarborough, organized the first active 4-H club in Maine in 1913.

The prize-winning ear of corn at the 4-H Sweet Corn Contest at Portland in 1916. Grown by Claudius Knowlton, Liberty.

The local leader teaches his club how to recognize the good and poor points of a dairy calf.

A 4-H member prepares muffins for a local contest.

Looking for trouble.

A Junior shows her club record sheet to the county club agent.

Club members salute the flag as part of the opening ceremony at their 4-H meetings.

A 4-H project.

A 4-H club in session.

The Extension dairy specialist gives a lesson in judging a dairy calf.

A future poultryman and his prize bird.

This is the group that attended the first state contest at Orono, 1914.

A local contest in the Grange Hall.  Note the garden and cooking exhibits.  Granges are strong supporters of club work. They frequently open their halls for Club meetings and contests and often award prizes.

The first state champions.  State championships were first awarded in 1915.  Winners (left to right, upper) were Hartson Blackstone, Perham, potato champion. Crystal Waddell, Mapleton, garden and canning.  Lower: Milton McEwin, Bowdoinham, poultry. Emily Morse was the winner in garden and canning in 1914 and state champion on 1916.

Hartson Blackstone, Perham, (center), was the first state potato champion.  His two sons, Philip (left) and Richard (right) were 4-H Club members.

An outstanding delegation of club members at Camp Vail.

Club members demonstrate the method of making poison bran mash for the control of cutworms.

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