Hall of Fame - 1970s
Return to the Hall of Fame List | 1971 Robert E. Hingston, Calgary* | 1971 Fred N. Miller, Edmonton* | 1972 N. Frederick Bell, Calgary* | 1972 T. Joe Dabinett, Calgary* | 1972 W.S. Scarth, Edmonton* | 1973 Fredrick Horace Newcombe, Calgary* | 1974 Margaret Arnold, Calgary | 1974 Norman J. Bell, Calgary* | 1974 Peter Wyllie, Leduc* | 1975 Grant MacEwan, Calgary* | 1977 Stan Gould, Rosalind*
The 4-H Alberta Hall of Fame Recipients in the 1970's
1971 Robert E. Hingston, Calgary*
Robert Hingston first became involved in 4-H in 1927 through his work with the Royal Bank of Canada. He supported 4-H by being a judge at public speaking competitions and presenting awards sponsored by the Royal Bank.
In 1956, Mr. Hingston became more involved with agriculture and 4-H when the University of Alberta developed an awareness program for bank managers. He said, "This is when 1 started to look at what the bank was doing for agriculture. "
In 1960, the Royal Bank appointed an agricultural representative for Canada. "It was then, "said Mr. Hingston, "that the bank recognized farming as a business, the same as any urban business. Through 4-H, the bank became more receptive and observant of the farming community. " He added, "The 4-Her of today is the rancher of tomorrow. 4-H has done great things. "
In 1963, the Royal Bank started sponsoring the Inter-Provincial 4-H Exchange. Robert Hingston actively participated in the first exchange by speaking at the annual send-off banquet and in planning the tour of Calgary.
Mr. Hingston believes that, "4-H has a basic good quality which will remain, no matter how much the organization will change in the future. "
1971 Fred N. Miller, Edmonton*
Fred Miller was first involved with 4-H in 1942 when he was the District Agriculturalist (D.A.) in Edmonton. He trained grain, swine and beef judging teams that competed in national 4-H competitions. Mr. Miller made visits to farms with 4-H leaders and met farmers who had children in 4-H.
In 1945, Mr. Miller became the Supervisor of Junior Activities and Youth Training. He describes this position as similar to that of the present 4-H Branch Head. He developed learning programs for youngsters and traveled all over the province judging at fairs.
Mr. Miller became the principal of the Olds School of Agriculture in 1946 He continued to be involved with 4-H and worked closely with the D.A. in the Olds district. Fred Miller attended many 4-H functions while at Olds.
In 1949, Fred Miller returned to Edmonton and was employed by the Edmonton Exhibition Association. He was in charge of the agricultural aspects of the exhibition which included 4-H livestock shows. Mr. Miller attended 4-H field days in the Edmonton area and often judged showmanship and public speaking. He traveled widely in Canada and the United States to see other exhibitions and fairs. He watched 4-H competitions on his travels and brought information back to Alberta.
After over twenty years with the Edmonton Exhibition, Mr. Miller retired in 1971. Fred Miller was never a 4-H member himself. He regrets this and says, that the only reason he was not in
4-H is that there were no clubs in his area. According to Fred Miller, "4-H is a wonderful opportunity for training. "
1972 N. Frederick Bell, Calgary*
N. Frederick Bell began his 4-H involvement in 1944 when he was employed by the Alberta Agriculture Extension Service as the District Agriculturist in Drumheller. Mr. Bell was asked to be a judge for a junior grain club, and was very disappointed with the quality of work of the members. He developed score cards to be used in judging club projects, and made money available to help generate more enthusiasm in the clubs. Mr. Bell traveled to the United States and returned with many ideas about 4-H clubs.
In 1952, Fred Bell left behind sixteen successful 4-H clubs in the Drumheller area and became the District Agriculturist in Calgary. He continued his involvement with 4-H with the purpose of making a transition from activities which improved livestock and grain to activities for citizenship training. He emphasized business procedures for meetings, well-kept records, public speaking, church service, entertainment and bonspiels. He took a personal interest in all 4-H members and expected them to do their best. Fred Bell retired from the Civil Service in 1959.
Fred Bell and his wife are proud of the accomplishments of the many 4-H members they have been associated with, and they regard 4-Hers as ‘part of the family’ They would not have missed their experiences with 4-H for anything.
1972 T. Joe Dabinett, Calgary*
Thomas Dabinett first became involved with Junior Club Work in 1915, when he was a member of a club. As an adult, his association with 4-H started in 1940 when he began working with the Alberta Wheat Pool (A. W.P.). In 1941, Mr. Dabinett helped to organize the first Junior Wheat Club in Sedgewick, Alberta. He said, "This was when 1 became very involved with 4-H or, as it was referred to, the Boys and Girls Club."
In 1947, Mr. Dabinett was appointed to the A. W.P's Public Relations Department. From 1947 until 1951, he was stationed in Edmonton where he had a close association with the 4-H headquarters. Through this contact, he and the 4-H department staff had a splendid exchange of ideas which enabled him to cooperate with the 4-H department to the fullest.
Thomas Dabinett's objectives, which were also the objectives of the A. WP, were to develop self-improvement in young farm people. In achieving this objective, the A. W P provided leadership courses, sponsored self-improvement programs and offered rural youth bursaries and scholarships.
Mr. Dabinett believes in 4-H and moreover, he believes in young people. He says, "I think 4-H has been one of the most valuable means of contributing to the personal development of our rural youth, in respect to human values and in regards to citizens becoming valuable to their club, community and country."
1972 W.S. Scarth, Edmonton*
W. S. Scarth was first involved in 4-H, or something similar to it, in Manitoba in 1910. He and his brothers grew small plots of wheat in a program setup by the Canadian Seed Growers' Association to promote Marquis wheat.
In 1924, Mr. Scarth graduated from the University of Manitoba in Agricultural Engineering. He came to Alberta in the winter of 1926 to be an instructor at the Olds School of Agriculture. He later instructed at the Claresholm and Vermilion schools during the winter months.
From 1927 until 1931, Bill Scarth worked for the Field Crops Branch of Alberta Agriculture in Edmonton. He organized Junior Grain clubs and was involved in their field days and fall fairs.
In the summer months from 1935 until 1944, Mr. Scarth was the District Agriculturist in the Peace River region. There were a few 4-H clubs starting in the area at this time. Mr. Scarth had an outstanding grain club at Saskatoon Lake, and interest from it spread throughout Northern Alberta. There was also a successful swine club at Berwyn at this time.
In 1944, Mr. Scarth left Peace River to return to Edmonton. Two years later, he was employed by United Grain Growers (U. G. G.) in the Field Services Division. While employed by U. G. G., Bill Scarth was very involved in 4-H. U. G. G. was one of the first sponsors of 4-H and assisted with the financing of trips and other 4-H activities.
W. S. Scarth has remained interested in 4-H although he has not been actively involved with it since 1966 when he retired from U.G.G. He feels that 4-H has made a great contribution to young people and is good training for farming. Mr. Scarth says, “Although 4-H involves much work, it has a basic value that you can't get anywhere else.”
1973 Fredrick Horace Newcombe, Calgary*
Fred Newcombe was directly involved with 4-H for thirty years. He started his involvement in 1919 at which time he served as an agricultural representative at Selkirk.
From 1923 until 1935, Mr. Newcombe served as a District Agriculturist (D.A.) in Vegreville. He was then appointed as the D.A. in Red Deer, where he remained until 1940. In 1947, Mr. Newcombe was appointed as Supervisor of District Agriculturists, and was later promoted to Director.
During his career as a D.A., Fred Newcombe was directly involved with 4-H through attending 4-H camps, organizing various clubs and leaders, as well as serving as a judge at competitions. As a Supervisor and Director, his involvement with 4-H was through his employees. After retirement in 1959, Mr. Newcombe joined the Western Stock Growers as their secretary-manager and maintained his association with 4-H through that organization.
Fred Newcombe's philosophy of 4-H, in his own words, is “4-H is training young people to become better citizens. 1 think it is a valuable organization”.
1974 Margaret Arnold, Calgary
Margaret Arnold was directly involved with 4-H for twelve years through the Department of Agriculture. She joined the Department's extension staff in 1942 to assist in the women's extension division and to supervise Girls' Clubs.
Mrs. Arnold helped organize the original Girls' Club, 4-H Leadership and Junior Leadership programs. She was involved with the first Club Weeks, and also helped start several 4-H camps. 4-H exchanges which spread to other provinces and the United States also originated in Margaret Arnold's time.
In 1954, Mrs. Arnold left the Department of Agriculture to be married. She moved to Calgary and did a television program on cooking for four years. She then became a high school teacher.
Mrs. Arnold has always felt that 4-H is one of finest programs carried out by the Department of Agriculture. She feels that the enthusiasm in 4-H is due to the fact the members enter and work on a voluntary basis. In her words, “4-H members learn to do for themselves, to take responsibility and to take their place in the community, wherever this may be.” Margaret Arnold is proud to have had a part in the initiation of the 4-H program and is pleased to see the way it is developing.
1974 Norman J. Bell, Calgary*
Norman J. Bell's introduction to the 4-H program took place in 1938 when he was asked to attend an achievement day for a Boys and Girls Grain Club. He was an Alberta Wheat Pool (A. W.P.) agent in Schuler at the time.
After he left Schuler in 1940, Mr. Bell was not directly involved with 4-H again until 1951 when he became the public relations person for the A.W.P in Calgary. The A.W.P. sponsored 4-H, so Mr. Bell attended as many 4-H events in the Calgary area as possible. At achievement days, he judged grain club exhibits and other 4-H displays. He frequently judged public speaking competitions and often showed films and spoke to 4-Hgatherings. Norman Bell attended numerous 4-H Club Weeks and was at the very first camp held at Gooseberry Lake. He also helped develop a course for 4-H leaders, using his knowledge in cooperation, leadership, communication and planning.
Norm Bell continued to work closely with 4-H for twenty-three years until 1974, when he retired from the A.W. P. Mr. Bell feels that 4-H is very good training for youngsters because they "learn to do by doing". To him, the most important aspect of 4-H is the practical experience and opportunities for personal development that it offers. He speaks very highly of 4-H members, saying, "they have gained valuable knowledge about how to conduct themselves." Norm Bell believes that there is absolutely nothing to compare 4-H to as far as providing training for young people.
1974 Peter Wyllie, Leduc*
Peter Wyllie's involvement with 4-H began in 1924 when he joined the Vegreville Boys and Girls Swine Club. During his years as a member, he was on a judging team that won both provincial and federal judging competitions.
In 1934, Mr. Wyllie graduated from university and was employed by the Alberta Department of Agriculture as the supervisor of the junior swine clubs in the Edmonton area. A year later, he worked for Field Crops Branch of Alberta Agriculture and had the opportunity to judge many junior grain clubs.
Peter Wyllie became the first District Agriculturist (D.A.) at Leduc, Alberta in 1936. As a D.A., he was like a leader to all of the 4-H clubs in the Leduc area and trained many successful junior judging teams. In 1941, Mr. Wyllie became the sheep and swine promoter for the Livestock Branch of Alberta Agriculture. He resigned from the government in 1944.
Mr. Wyllie continued to be very involved in 4-H on his own, and always took an interest in 4-H clubs. He judged many beef, grain and swine achievement days and attended various other 4-H functions. When Mr. Wyllie left Leduc to move to Vegreville, he attended all of the 4-H achievement days in that area.
When Mr. Wyllie began working with junior clubs, the major 4-H project in Alberta was swine. The main goal of the clubs was to improve the quality of hogs. The objectives of 4-H then became more general, with an emphasis on upgrading livestock and grain production while educating Albertans.
Mr. Wyllie feels that the emphasis on training young people is very worthwhile. He is proud of all the 4-H people he has had contact with in his more than fifty years of involvement with 4-H.
1975 Grant MacEwan, Calgry*
Grant MacEwan's association with 4-H has covered a span of fifty years. He attends 4-H functions, public speaks at banquets and helps honour young people at award ceremonies.
Mr. MacEwan was a professor at the University of Saskatchewan from 1928 until 1946, in the field of agriculture. In 1946, he was appointed Dean of Agriculture in Manitoba and remained in this position until 1951.
Grant MacEwan's political career, which he is well noted for, began in 1953. He served as Calgary City Alderman for eight years, then as Mayor of Calgary for three years. In addition, he was a member of the legislature where he served as the leader of the opposition for part of his service. In 1966, Mr. MacEwan was appointed Lieutenant Governor, a position which he held until 1974.
Grant MacEwan feels that 4-H provides a great service by offering young agricultural people and rural youth opportunities, guidance and direction.
POSTSCRIPT: In 1976, Grant MacEwan became directly involved with 4-H in Alberta when he sold his land at Battle Lake to the Alberta 4-H Foundation. He sold it for less than it was worth because he felt that 4-H people would carry out his philosophy and let Battle Lake remain as nature intended it. According to Mr. MacEwan, "4-Hers will always be the guardians of Battle Lake. "
1977 Stan Gould, Rosalind*
Stan Gould was involved with 4-H for forty years. He began his 4-H involvement in 1937 as a member of the Ohaton Young Boy's Field Crop Club and was later a member of the Camrose Dairy Club. From 1940 until 1942 Mr. Gould attended the Olds and Vermilion Schools of Agriculture to prepare for his career as a farmer.
Stan Gould continued to be very active in 4-H throughout his life. He was the leader of the Rosalind Swine Club from 1943 until 1945 and led the Rosalind Beef Club from 1954 until 1977 Mr. Gould helped initiate and develop the district and regional concept of organization of 4-H. He was president of the Camrose District 4-H Council for two years (1970-72) and president of the Central Alberta Regional 4-H Council from 1973 until 1975. Stan Gould was a member of the Provincial 4-H Advisory Council for nine years (1968-77) and was a member of the committee that developed the 4-H Alberta Foundation.
Mr. Gould was always a strong supporter of 4-H because of the opportunities it gave to young people of the community. His philosophy on 4-H was that it allowed youngsters to develop skills in leadership and personal development. To him, 4-H's strongest points were the programs it offered in leadership and public speaking. Stan Gould felt that 4-H was an excellent vehicle to guide young people to develop their abilities to the fullest.
POSTSCRIPT: In 1977, Mr. Gould passed away. The 4-H Alberta Foundation set up a memorial fund as a way of recognizing and remembering the outstanding contributions Stan Gould made to 4-H. He was a very important figure in 4-H and will be long remembered.