As reported in The Columbia News 64 years ago on Thursday, Aug. 10, 1939.
4-Her enters contest
Emily Whitaker of the Harlem 4-H Club represented the 4-H Clubs of Columbia County in Clothing Work on July 17 at a district contest in Monroe, Ga., where she earned first place.
Emily will enter the same category at the state contest in October, which will be held in connection with the Southeastern Fair in Atlanta.
Another district winner is Nellie Reynolds, of the Evans 4-H Club, who earned a red ribbon in the Breadmaking category for baking loaf bread, biscuits, corn meal muffins and cinnamon rolls.
Evans FFA trip
Early Monday morning, 24 members of the Evans Future Farmers of America loaded a school bus with chaperones and headed on their annual trip - this year to Florida.
The first stop was Baxley, Ga., where many of the boys watched a tobacco auction for the first time. Most were spellbound by the rapid-fire jargon of the auctioneers and the almost unrecognizable signs from bidders in the audience. Then back on the bus past the Okefenokee Swamp to Atlantic Beach.
The group swam in the ocean and partook in the many amusements on the beach. The next stop was Usina's Beach Dock near St. Augustine, where the group boarded a 64-foot pleasure boat and went on a sightseeing tour of St. Augustine from the waterfront and down the Matanzas River.
Once in St. Augustine, the group visited Fort Marion, the oldest fort in the United States, and heard stories about its early days. The same afternoon, the boys went to an alligator and ostrich farm, where the animals are raised for their skins and plumed feathers.
After visiting Daytona Beach, Hercules Powder Co. in Brunswick and Tybee Island in Savannah, the group headed home Friday. The trip cost each boy only $1.50.
Tenant Purchase program
Columbia County was recently designated by Secretary Wallace one of 99 Georgia counties in which the Tenant Purchase program will operate in the 1939-40 fiscal year.
As provided by the Bankhead-Jones Farm Tenant Act of 1937, the federal government makes long-term loans to worthy tenants, sharecroppers and farm laborers for the purchase of family-sized farms.
County Farm Supervisor Henry N. Sewell announced this week that he is prepared to take applications for the program. Applications are available at the FSA office or the courthouse.
Sewell pointed out limited funds will provide for only a limited number of loans this year. Loans are repayable over a 40-year period at 3-percent interest.
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