The Mason City Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa on January 9, 1945 · Page 24
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January 9, 1945

The Mason City Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa · Page 24

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12 . Rural School* . M a s o n C i t y .G I o b e - G a z e t t About Her *t!i There Are Birthdays, Lunches, Mouths to Feed WHERE'S BROTHER?_That's what many a pupil is asking these days. Donna Dankbar,-9, of Lake No. 4, is seeing where Richard Thomsen'a brother has been. Cpl. Francis Thomsen spent 28 months in .the Aleutians and little brother Diek is showing Donna where he served. nrnhlpm r ;,7-7,-";- F AV°RED--Rural schools have the noon lunch problem. Ceuo Goido schools aie now equipped with electric plates or MT7TM*±± P TMSfe* h °* di ? h , *«-«* PUP"' These children at Falls EVERYBODY HAS BIRTHDAYS-That's why the youngsters at Lake No. 7 were having a party when the photographer stopped in. Little Carolyn Kellogg was doing the honors serving her birthday cake to her schoolmates. Mrs. Alma Spellman,-teacher, is at the left in the rear row. THESE LUNCHES ARE GOOD-Some days it's mashed potatoes; some days baked potatoes. And the children take care of the serving them! selves. Here are Leroy Bolding, 6, (left) and Evelyn Ward, 7, (right) enjoymg lunch Evelyn is in 4th grade, but she recites with the 5th and 6th graders just for fun. · · o f of Central v - - . Qerro Gordo .county's rural school children. Here Miss ;) county nurse, is applying .the test to little Amy Lou Phillips, 6, ischoo a model 4 room type of school which many consolidated H«iri,~ w i T " bein e.Pa tte TM ed . a . f ter.-At the left Mrs. Bernice Beale of the Pubuc , Health Nursing association is giving the test to Leonard Jahnke 7 - · -VohVSS 11 vl ^ Un ^» St *? the ° ldest the children ^k the test during the past year ·' Afl^nnl nwi* ^ fu d eve 2 0 " e a PP ear ed to be eager to have the test pVrfomed . All school children in the county have the opportunity to take this test to make aim i tuercuiosis. The project is sponsored by the Cerro Gordo Honnrv i.awociation, with funds from the sale of tuberculosis^tamps at cSf- When tuberculosis is found early, its cure is almost a certaintv That is whv the 1 TM 8 deems , it » important to take the first step in checking the health of r0 TM get this e TM ° f 4-H Work Had Its Origin, Early History in Wright - One of the most important factors in the national education program for rural youth today is the organization of boys and girls' activities known as the 4-H club work sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture with state colleges of agriculture co-operating, and conducted by the l e a d e r s * - ---through 'the county Farm Bureaus. This movement of 4-H club activity like most o£ the important institutions of the country owes its origin to the ideas and ambitions of earnest and obscure workers in flic field ot education. ; During the early part of the administration of P r e s i d e n t Theodore Roosevelt there was inaugurated what was then known as the American Country Life Commission. This commission was to investigate the decadent country life and the growing lack of interest among the younger folks regarding farm life to determine, if possible, why rural boys and girls were growing into womanhood and manhood only to leave the .farm and take up work in the cities and towns. WUh the purpose of changing this trend of depopulating the farms of the hut young people and congesting the eilies and towns, adding orbsm poverty and unemployment, the commls- bent it efforts toward the writine and preaching of "kce|»- in«,the»a down on the farm." . A young county superintendent of schools, O. H. Benson, of Wright county, became greatly interested in the- work .of- Roosevelt's Country Life Commission, and decided to appoint himself as a Country Life Commissioner of his county. He resolved to make a careful stir- vey ot the conditions in Wright county and its schools-to ascertain the facts of why farm girls and boys were leaving farm life Ninejy-one per cent of the farm boys said they were going to leave the farm and gave many · reasons for their decisions. Eighty-nine per cent of the girls stated that they would have nothing to do with farm life when they became women. The boys and girls stated that they were more or less ashamed of their farm connections and of their father's business and they felt that success in life meant some city job or profession. Practically nothing was being done by parents, schools, »r Public institutions to dignify or sell to farm

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