Lanark County Junior Farmers – Some of the Firsts!
As new information becomes available –
For the moment I jump to 1944 and a report of the Ramsay Unit of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) meeting in Appleton.
From the Almonte Gazette:
In addition to a speaker from Renfrew County who spoke of the need for farmers to unit behind the OFA to get better prices for their crops, Alex Stewart, Past President of the Appleton Junior Farmers gave a report about the Lanark County Junior Farmer organization and The work of these clubs – “A recreational and an educational program, both of which are so necessary to youth, has raised interest until there is a membership of about 400 people in Lanark County”.
A Busy Group!
Excerpts from a booklet The Lanark County Federation of Agriculture, Perth, Ontario, 1949-1950 provided by Helen Giles (Closs):
The Lanark County Junior Farmers was formed on May 25, 1944, with Ernest Miller as President, and Margaret Bell (Hunter) as Secretary. At that time there were three clubs in the county association – Perth Appleton and Pakenham.
The Annual meeting was held on October 30, 1944. At this meeting Harry Mather was appointed President for the coming year, and Jean Ferguson, Secretary. During this year another club was formed at Smiths Falls.
The first Drama Festival sponsored by the organization was held in Carleton Place on March 23, 1945, and the first Musical Festival was held on May 18, 1945. These two events have been held annually ever since. The North Lanark Women’s Institutes presented a cup for competition in the Drama Festival; and the Forsyth Trophy, so named in honour of the late Fred Forsyth, Agricultural Representative for Lanark County was presented for use in the Musical Festival. During the year 1945 the first demonstration day was also held. In June the same year a Field Day was held at McCreary’s Landing, and this has become an annual event.
Some of the projects that are carried on by the Association are Calf Clubs, Stock Judging, Seed Judging, Demonstration Day, which is held in conjunction with one of the local fairs, There are also projects in reforestation, nigh classes in shop work, farm engineering and other allied subjects. During the past year we also had a drama workshop in the county. The girls’ clubs carry on projects such as sewing classes, cooking, canning and garden clubs, and hold their own achievement day. During 1949 Public Speaking and Amateur Entertainment nights were held and proved both entertaining and successful.
In the succeeding years, the following have held office:
1945-1946 John Early, president; Clyde Bell, Secretary.
1946-1948 Alex. Bell, president; Allen Poole, Secretary.
1948-1949 Reggie Downey, president; Forbes Evans, Secretary.
1949-1950 Wm. Paul, president; Forbes Evans, Secretary.