W. L. Peters and family were callers Sunday
afternoon at the home of Rob Ernst.
ELECTION OF FARM BUREAU
Bad roads cut down the attendance at the
annual session of the Fayette County Farm Bureau held Monday Dec.
17, at Fayette, but the session was a highly satisfactory one.
G. E. Sauerbry of Jefferson township was
elected president to succeed C. B. Holtzman. P. O. Stewart was
elected vice-president, W. L. Peters, secretary, and H. R. Young,
treasurer. For the women’s work, Mrs. W. H. Turner was elected
project chairman, and Mrs. William King publicity chairman.
Township presidents, directors in the county
bureau, have been reported as follows: Eden, tom Burke;
Auburn, Herman, Langreck; Dover, Phillip H. Wolfe; Clermont, M. C.
Deering; Bethel, S. R. Pleggenkuhle; Windson, Albert Boess; Union,
G. D. Grimes; Pleasant Valley, Edwin Kruger; Bank, L. A. Scharnweber;
Center, A. J. Brown; Westfield, Henry Hettler; Illyria, Harold
Strong; Fremont, L. H. Onstott; Harlan, Frank Cummings; Smithfield,
Grant Kiel; Fairfield, Arnaldo Meiesgeir; Oran, Jesse e. Ford;
Jefferson, Ray A. Bell; Scott, C. W. alehouse; Putnam, H. B. Esch.
“You need to get out of Fayette county to
learn how good it is,” said Mrs. G. E. Sauerbry, in reporting the
end of her two years’ work as county project leader, in which
activity over 900 women in sixteen townships took part this year.
She suggested that attention be paid to the social, moral,
educational and physical side of life, in bureau work. She
reiterated, “When better people are made Fayette county will have
them,” and in urging work to increase the membership roll offered
the slogan, “Say it with members.”
Mrs. Ray Rowland, county leader of girls’
clubs, has had seven townships working, with sixty-three members, of
whom fifty-four finished the year’s program.
County Agent Lodwick bought a picture of the
meeting of the American Farm Bureau Federation in Chicago, with some
comment on its aims, progress, and the qualities of some of its
leaders. The report on the year’s activity in Fayette county he was
given leave to print in the Farm Bureau Exchange.
Ray Anderson brought briefly a message of
high appreciation of Fayette county friends and the county’s farm
activities. He introduced the main speaker of the day, Dr. A. L.
Murray, editorial writer for the Cedar Rapids Gazette, who after
what Mrs. Sauerbry and Mr. Anderson had said admitted that he had an
inferiority complex, as “a mere Linn county man” addressing Fayette
county people. He said, “We are tremendously grateful to Fayette
county for digging Ray Anderson out of a hill somewhere and
developing him and sending him down to us.” He laid much
stress on the recent 4-H boys’ gathering at Cedar Rapids, saying:
“There is a new farmer arising. When you have bred up a generation
of 4-H club members you will have more than 50 per cent of Fayette
county farmers in the bureau; and the politicians won’t be able to
jolly the farmers along for years.” Again, he said, “The 4-H club is
to the farm bureau what the Sunday school is to the church-it is its
future.” Among Dr. Murray’s suggestions were those of an
organization embracing all the interests of each county, and the bid
for a great industrial population to furnish a close-by market for
the products of the Iowa farms. In humor, sentiment, and
inspiration, Dr. Murray’s address is one to which no synopsis can do
It was state by County Agent Lodwick that the
present paid-up membership of the Fayette County Farm Bureau is
about 1,150, being second only to Clayton county among the counties
The officers were directed to provide an all
day meeting next year, with the business session in the forenoon and
after a noon picnic dinner a program. To permit this, it was the
suggestion of President Holtzman that the annual session of the
directors be held about a week ahead of the members annual meeting