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Des Moines Iowa Homestead (Newspaper) - April 5, 1917, Des Moines, Iowa Vol. Lxi no. 14. In these Days when the High Price of living is breaking the Altitude record and bring ing streaks of Gray prematurely into father s hair the achievements of the school boys and girls of the land take on brighter Luster. By the time the last Straw is added to father s backbreaking Load Jack and Jill will have Learned to make a dozen Blades of grass grow where Only one grew before and to convert Garden truck into such a variety of ions of the new education. View of the fact that thousands of school girls representing thirty three states competed for the Honor. ,-3noi13er notable record is that made by two Little Wisconsin girls Mildred Wassweiler aged 16, and Walberg Davidson aged 14, Champion Brea Bakers of their state who at the 1916 Wisconsin state fair worked so deftly and efficiently before a crowd of several Hundred spectators that when their loaves came out of the electric ovens they were browned to such a nicety while the bread was of such consistency that first and second prizes went to them As a matter of course. The Day when the state fair was a matter of three minute horse racing and an exhibit of huge pumpkins and fifteen foot Corn has passed forever nowadays no exhibit surpasses in interest the one Given Over to the boys and girls clubs with their Canning and Parsons the Iowa girl who is the Champion school Gardener. Toothsome edibles at Little or no Cost that old Man want will Slink away in despair. Over a half million Public school children in the United states Are enrolled in the Volunteer classes which teach everything in the farm production line from the growing of tomatoes on a Little Patch one tenth of an area in extent to growing Corn on a 160-acre Field from baking prize winning bread to raising the finest pig in Captivity. And while the boys and girls of both City and farm Are thus engaged they Are setting an object lesson to their fathers and mothers which is already resulting in increased production and More efficient and economical House hold labor. Some of the records made by the leaders in this boy and girl club movement in the Public schools of the country stand out so prominently As to be inspiring to the hundreds of thousands of struggles. For instance there is the record made by Eloise Parsons the Champion school Gar Agner of the United states living at Clarinda Iowa. At the Iowa state fair two years ago miss Parsons she is 14 years of age was one of the assistants in the Canning demonstration work helping to record and care for the exhibits sent in by the club members. Becoming imbued with the spirit of the movement there Are More than Iowa boys and girls in the acre Corn clubs and gardening Canning cooking and sew ing poultry raising and potato growing clubs she returned Home determined to enter the con test herself next year. She set to work determinedly and on her Little Patch one tenth of an acre m extent she obtained a yield of 5 318 pounds of tomatoes at a Cost of her net profits for the summer were the record for the nation and one of which to be proud in a Pound. The Low Cost As Well As the rapidity of the Gam in miss Barrett s work was due to careful feeding making a. Full use of pasture and the hogging off of Corn. The girl s net profits Tor her seven months work were 21 the average daily return above the Cost of the feed being to cents pretty Good returns for caring for a litter of pigs. When it comes to picking the Champion boy Corn grower of the United whose record stands out nationally unapproachable and of such a practical nature As to be of lasting Are Many contestants. The South comes Forward with Jerry Moore and other boys like him. Who on exceptionally Well favored single acres and in exceptionally Good years have been Able to produce More bushels than the boys who live further North where Corn is King. But the boys of the real Corn by per cent of the nation s Corn is whose achievements Spur their fathers and Brothers into doubling and trebling the state average Are the ones who really deserve the Palm prominent among the boys of this class Are Earl Zeller of Cooper Iowa Raymond Modermott of Walnut Iowa and Harold w Gaass of red Lake Falls. Minnesota. Earl Zeller s record consists of securing a Bertice Falk a Champion Little Needle worker. Baking demonstrations in full blast every Day of the week attracting thousands of interested spectators. It is a foregone conclusion that the two Little bread baking prizewinners will be Able Toji Elp. Out with the household finances and of lairs. The record made by Anna Barrett Champion pig Raiser of North Dakota is a novel one for she competed against the boys of the state As Wen As the girls Between the Ages of 10 and expected a boy to win for while the girls Excel at bread baking and Toma to Canning surely raising pigs is More of a boy s Job. But there was no doubt that miss Barrett was the Champion and so the prize of went to her for had she not produced pounds of pork m 209 Days from the litter of a Duroc Jersey sow the total feed Cost was while the litter of fourteen pigs sold for to the pork was grown at a feed Cost of 2.4 cents Anna Barrett Champion pig Raiser of North Dakota. It 139 bushels of Corn and a profit of -.80 irom an acre of land. Some of the boys from Southern states secured larger yields per acre than did master Zeller but they secured their yields Only through Large outlay for fertilizers and thus their acre profits were reduced concluded on Page 29. I

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