Merced 4-H Youth Development
University of California
Merced 4-H Youth Development

From 1913 to 1922

 

Merced County 4-H Program - from narrative reports

 

1917 office opened

1918

was the first County Agent, “one successful club out of three started in 1918.” The three clubs were in Dos Palos, Le Grand and Merced – a total of 55 members.

J. F. Grass

1919

One club was carried on to successful conclusion at Hilmar in 1919. ‘In the fall three pig clubs were in the process of forming. The pig club established at Irwin included one girl. A boys pig club contest was held at Tegner with 8 contestants. The winner was Harry Shentin. He received a net profit of $30.00. Six members from Merced County attended the boy’s club convention at the Davis Farm (now UC Davis).

UC Davis

This is the Merced County delegation to the annual Club Convention at the Farm. In 1920

1920

Seven clubs were formed during the year with 66 members, and four clubs completed with 43 members. Contests (projects) were on grain sorghum, poultry, pigs, and calf clubs. Winners were given trips to the Davis Convention (Photo, Annual Report, Pg 13)

 

  Photo of Dos Palos Calf Club - 1920

 

1921

Two calf clubs were conducted, one at Dos Palos and one at El Nido with 32 members. Besides giving members valuable information on feeding and caring of calves, it aroused interest of parents in their children’s efforts. It also stimulated Farm Bureau work in Dos Palos and El Nido, and established purebred animals there. As a result these members plan to carry on next year. Interest has been aroused among other boys and girls who expect to get into this work. A canning club among girls at El Nido was initiated. Seven girls raised vegetables for canning and drying. However, this group did not complete the year because half of the girls moved from El Nido community.

 

                                   January 21, 1922— starting Calf Club in El Nido
for El Nido Calf Club by Farm Advisor

1922

Results of the club work at this time were:

Broader interest and knowledge of agriculture by club members.

Dissemination of purebred stock on farms where there was no purebred, and a greater interest in better stock.

An added interest in teaching agriculture in high schools.

Through the efforts of the Farm Bureau and the County Superintendent of Schools, an agricultural teacher is at Gustine High School. Mr. Williams, a science teacher at Los Banos High, is teaching agriculture part time. Dos Palos Farm Center reports there will be an ag teacher in that high school next year.

Former club members are enrolling at the College of Agriculture, Davis. Two have been graduated and returned to the county and are now officers in their local Farm Centers; several are presently enrolled; and some members plan to enroll next year.

October 1921—end of project reporting

Pearl Pemberton, Home Demonstration Agent, reported no girls’ club work, and John Quail, Assistant Farm Advisor, reported club work activity in El Nido and Dos Palos, and Delhi with 3 boys exhibiting at the State Fair and one member won prize money for his calf. This competes 5 years of ag club work in Merced County conducted by the Agricultural Extension Service.

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