Merced 4-H Youth Development
Merced 4-H Youth Development
Merced 4-H Youth Development
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Merced 4-H Youth Development

History 1933 to 1942

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4-H Reaching Maturity-The Fourth Decade–1933-1942


Merced County 4-H Program - from narrative reports




Most popular projects were: Dairy Calf Raising, Pig Feeding, and Rabbit Raising. “A creditable showing considering the general economic conditions”. Girls' projects were clothing and home furnishings. They made potholders, towels, slips, dresses and darned socks.

The Senior Club had 41 members. Raymond Rose was elected President. Their main project was to assist the management of summer camp. The Merced Livestock show was held in connection with the Merced Rodeo. 44 members entered. At the Annual 4-H Club Achievement night, Anthony Rose gave a talk and Elizabeth Kohl received an award for best essay.


Leaders were trained through the County Club Council meetings and handbooks were prepared for clothing leaders. Senior members acted as assistant leaders.

The County Club Council met on the first Monday of the month, men and women leaders in separate meetings for training, and then they held business meeting together. “As 4-H leaders fall out, so does the club enrollment and completion”, it was reported.

The Council announced the cancellation of camps this year as a means of protection from the danger of contracting infantile paralysis (Polio).

Leaders together with HDA set up an individual improvement program for Senior 4-H Club members entitled, “Understanding Human Behavior and How to be Interesting”. Older members have need to cultivate their personalities. Their program covered:
   1. Appearance         2 Good mental attitudes         3. Interesting personality:

A total of 79 seniors enrolled in Senior Club. 47 had a conducted tour of the Berkeley campus, planned by Mr. Spurrier.

The Annual Davis Convention was attended by 42 winners from Merced County. The first year members tour and theater party was held as planned. The Annual Achievement Program started eight years ago with a banquet, was moved to the New Merced Theater three years ago because of growth of attendance. This program sponsored by the Merced Merchants Association maintains a good relationship between business and the Extension Office.

Merced County Livestock Show was held in conjunction with a rodeo. Sixty-three head of 4-H livestock were shown. Hog cholera broke out so exhibitors kept hogs home. Other projects for the ag club year, besides livestock and poultry, were bean raising, grain sorghums, rabbit, cotton, mixed vegetables, and sweet potatoes.replaced Ada R. Fiske as Home Demonstration Agent and girls 4-H Advisor. Senior Club held a field trip to Mother Lode country with 87 members attending. Senior day on the Berkeley campus was held with 32 seniors attending. First year party for outstanding members from each club was held including a tour of the lumber yard, tomato cannery, then a basket lunch, and a matinee a the theater.


Marion Burgess

Achievement Day was held at Merced Theater with 500 members attending, and Mr. Spurrier present. Thirty-two girls and boys attended the Davis conference where 850 club members from the state were present. B. H Crocheron stated that the state goal is for 12,000 4-H Club members next year. Emphasis was made on wearing uniforms to all 4-H fairs, etc. 4-H clubs were to be established at Davis and Berkeley campuses.


Forty 4-H clubs enrolled 347 boys and 272 girls, with 287 boys and 232 girls completing. The goal of a10% increase in enrollment, set by Professor B. H. Crocheron, was exceeded. The County Club Council decided that clubs should be organized and new leaders lined up as early in the fall as possible. The Council discussed organization problems and requirements for club projects. More stress was placed on the importance of demonstration teams. Events for the club year were planned including Annual Senior Club Day on Berkeley campus, Annual Achievement Day, Leaders’ Convention at Santa Cruz, Davis 4-H conference, Annual Summer Camps, and Senior 4-H program of events. Mrs. Burgess set aside a day for a local leaders’ training meeting. Ten Home Departments held separate 4-H local achievement days with projects on display for mothers to view.


Features of the club program were planned by the Council and held as follows: 40 seniors to Winter Snow Party; Senior Field Trip to Bass Lake; annual camps with 423 attending; Davis Conference attended by 39 members; annual First year party with 50 members present; 11th Annual Achievement Program attended by 550; and an added activity, a free theater party sponsored by Merced Theater for each club holding six meetings and with projects (books) up to date and having presented demonstration teams before farm groups.


The County Club Council made an effort to contact former 4-H Club boys between 20 and 30 with the idea of forming an active group of young farmers. Leaders’ Conference for northern California was attended by 11 leaders form Merced. Merced, Stanislaus and San Joaquin Counties held a one-day training meeting, and 25 leaders from Merced County attended. This proved to be a convenient meeting to attend. Ten leaders attended a Central California Leaders’ conference with emphasis on recreation. Archie Stevenot, veteran miner and manager of Hotel Tioga, conducted a Mother Lode tour for Senior 4-Hers.

Ninety-seven members and leaders went to Davis Conference. This included 46 members in the Gustine 4-H Club Band. This band, outfitted with uniforms donated by the Gustine Farm Center, appeared at the State Fair, County Fair, 4 community fairs, and at local events in Gustine, in addition to the Davis Conference.

Twenty-six Seniors went to Berkeley for a tour of campus and to attend the UCLA football game.



George Alberti was chairman of the County Council. Summer camp had 366 in attendance.


4-H Club work was changed from schools, in line with the policy that better clubs are the result. New ag clubs were formed in Le Grand, Clay, Livingston, Tuttle, and new girls’ clubs at Merced Falls, Snelling, and Riverside.


for the year were Betty Lee Rogers of Le Grand and Paul Alberti of Gustine. Expense of sending threes members to Davis Conference was borne by 4-H County Council, Merced County Farm Bureau and the Kiwanis Club. However, the Davis encampment was cancelled because of arm maneuvers. (World War II)

Merced County Clubs donated $2 each to send four state All Star delegates to Washington for National 4-H Club Camp. Malcom Chaning of Hilmar was awarded a gold medal for his champion 4-H Berkshire at the State Fair.

The Merced County Fair Association offered the new pavilion just completed on the fair grounds for the 15th Annual 4-H Achievement program. The Fair Association also gave free fair tickets to each club member who completed a project, and the association also furnished the entertainment for the Achievement Program.

4-H members were trained to give citizenship talks, 35 demonstration terms were trained, and nearly every community in the county was benefited by various community project activities conducted by the respective club.


 Seventy-five leaders enrolled 503 members in 39 clubs. 4-H Club Council meetings were discontinued because of the need to conserve gasoline for transportation. 4-H Club mobilization week took place with 14 clubs demonstrating the purification of water for emergency and farm fire protection.

Much of 4-H Club community activities were restricted because of the need to save on transportation. Many individual members were occupied by civilian defense activities. Collection of scrap paper and metals totaled over 50 tons for the war effort. 4-H Club Camp in Yosemite was held with 23 leaders, 8 staff, 197 boys and girls.


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4-H Clubs were active in community projects such as raising money for lunch funds at schools, cleaning school grounds, painting mailboxes, and repairing community halls.




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