December 31, 1931
CAPACITY CROWD FARM BUREAU MEETING
The fifteenth annual meeting of the Fayette
county farm bureau drew a capacity crowd at Fayette last Monday when
at least 350 men and women crowded into the American Legion hall to
hear reports, talks, stunts and music.
The outlined program was carried out almost
to the letter with the exception of the report of County Agent
Lodwick which was omitted because of a lack of time. His report
however, will appear in the January issue of the Farm bureau
Tax information presented by county Auditor
J. H. Cline offered a ray of hope when it showed that the county
supervisors had slashed the county bill that is under their
jurisdiction. $40,488.00 for the coming year and that the general
school tax in the county would be reduced approximately $100,000.
His reported showed that the assessed value of land in Fayette
county had been reduced from an average of $74.95 in 1926 to $53.72
at the present time.
Dr. a. E. Bennett, new president of Upper
Iowa University, spoke briefly of some of the changes in
agricultural conditions and the need of more and useful education in
order to cope with existing conditions.
Entertainment galore was furnished by the
“Little German Band” of Elgin under the direction of Matty
Zurbriggen, an by Mrs. A. A. Elliott and Mrs. Grant Kiel of
Smithfield township, with their comedy act. A report of the home
project and girls clubs was given by Geraldine Brainard and short
talks by Mrs. M. E. Talcott of Center township on “A Local Leaders’
Day,” by Mrs. W. H. Turner of Westfield on “Why Nutrition” and by
Ruth Saltsgiver of Union on “Girls 4-H Clubs.” L. C. Surfus,
county manager of the Service Company emphasized “Faith” as the
principal element in a successful cooperative endeavor. Both men and
women quartettes from Harlan township sang in addition to some
spirited community singing immediately following dinner, led by W.
G. E. Sauerbry of Jefferson township, was
re-elected president and J. F. Wilkinson of Scott, vice-president,
B. J. Baumgartner of Pleasant Valley, treasurer, and Ray A. Ball of
Oelwein, secretary. Mrs. G. E. Sauerbry was elected bounty project
leader, Mrs. Will King of Fairfield, county publicity chairman, and
Mrs. J. B. Turner of Center, county girls club leader.