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MENTMORE 4-H POULTRY - SWINE CLUBS
About 1945 two 4-H clubs were formed in the Mentore area by D.C. Foster, Department of Agriculture and Gren. Bates, Agricultural Representative for this area. The "Slick Chick Poultry Club" and the "Mentmore Swine Club".
Marie, Louise and Edythe were members of the poultry club when it was formed. They started with about 25 Barred Rock chickens each the first year. Then the chickens had to be reared by broody hens. There was a bad rain and windstorm early in the summer when some of the chickens were lost.
Mrs. F.C. Murray was the leader of the poultry club and Mr. Stanley Hockin leader of the swine club. Each fall there was an achievement day when the poultry and swine were exhibited and judged, also the members'' knowledge of their work by judging.
In 1948 Gladys De''Ath and Marie Sumner topped their own club and went on to provincial to win the trip to the Toronto Royal for the Canadian Championship where they placed second. In 1951 Shirley Hockin and Louise Sumner won the same, also placing second there. Ruth Hockin and Edythe Sumner went to Toronto in 1952 where they won first and the trophy. That fall the club received the Oakland Hatchery Trophy as best in the province.
The Farmers Union of the district sponsored a Pot Luck Supper at the local rink to honor the club and show the trophies.
In December Ruth and Edythe were invited to open the Poultry and Dressed Meat Show in Brandon. D.C. Foster, Department of Agriculture was the provincial coach for these teams - he really drilled them.
In 1952 the clubs also exhibited dressed and live poultry at Brandon. They won seven firsts, three championships, four seconds and four others.
Norma Sumner''s reserve champion chicken sold for 80~ a pound. They were also the top club in the province.
The swine club also sent four teams to the Toronto Royal - 1947 Elgin Drayson and Bill De''Ath; 1948Harold Hockin and Roy Hockin, 1949 Ken Hockin and Don Conrad, 1950Harvey Hilland Fred Strohman and 1954 Fred Strohman and Harvey Hill.
BillSumner joined the Swine Club about 1948.
In 1952Mac Murray and Bill,as top for their club in judging, competed in Brandon. Mentmore had the two top gilts there, too. Billplaced as top showman for the province, Mac placed third in seniors.
Great tribute goes to Mrs. F.C. Murray, Marion and Harold Ishenberg and Stanley Hockin as leaders of these clubs. They worked hard to keep things going. Also to the members'' parents who were so co-operative.
This is just a short summary of the clubs while my family were involved. There has been much more.
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