4H History in Newport Township in Johnson County Iowa

4-H History in Newport Township in Johnson County, Iowa

4H Poster from Clover Girls in late 1980s
4H Poster from Clover Girls in late 1980s

Today there is only co-ed 4-H, but it used to be there were separate clubs for boy clubs and girl clubs. They focused on different things. The girls focused on things like sewing and cooking. The boys focused on things like showing livestock. If a girl wanted to participate with livestock she had to belong to both clubs and do double the requirements for belonging to 4-H.

Newport Township has had two girls 4-H clubs during the 44 years. There was an intervening time from 1940 to 1956 that the girls in the township belonged to the Graham Crackers and to the East Lucas Township girls clubs.

The first club was called The Wide Awake Club.

Year Leader Leader Number of Members
1929 Mrs. Roy Sponey 20
1930 Mrs. Roy Sponey Mrs. Faye Sponey 15
1931 Mrs. Faye Sponey Mrs. Edna Hotka No report
1932 Mrs. Edna Kadera No report
1933 No record
1934 Mrs. Faye Sponey Eleanor Shimon No report
1935 Mrs. Jake Lackender Mrs. George Krall 7
1936 Mrs. Jake Lackender Mrs. George Krall 7
1937 Mrs. Jake Lackender Mrs. George Krall 7
1938 Mrs. Jake Lackender Mrs. George Krall 6
1939 Mrs. Jake Lackender Mrs. George Krall 6

 

In 1956, a new girls club was formed. This club was called The Clover Girls.

Year Leader Leader Number of Members
1956 Mrs. Ray Gorski Mrs. Elmer Wonick 9
1957 Mrs. Ray Gorski Mrs. Elmer Wonick 13
1958 Mrs. Elmer Wonick Mrs. Steve Conner 15
1959 Mrs. Elmer Wonick Mrs. Steve Conner 17
1960 Mrs. Elmer Wonick Mrs. Steve Conner No report

The Newport Hillbillies 4-H club was organized in 1956 for Newport Township club members. Previous year’s 4-H members in Newport Township had belonged to Victory, Graham, Big Grove Buddies, and Scott Showstoppers 4-H clubs.

Year Leader Leader Number of Members
1956 Joseph Krall Aage Jenson 7
1957 Joseph Krall Aage Jenson 18
1958 Joseph Krall Aage Jenson 16

The name of this township club was changed in 1959 to Newport Rangers.

1959 Joseph Krall James Smith 10

This is a typed transcript of a handwritten report written by then Clover Buds (the coed club that developed out of the Clover Girls) leader Orianna Haman in 1973. I’m not sure why she didn’t include information past 1960.

-Typed and explanatory information at the beginning and the end of report by Sarah S. Uthoff and that’s my poster in the image. – February 16, 2016

Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on FacebookTwitterGoogle+,  LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

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Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

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