Established in 1914, Cooperative Extension was designed as a partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the land-grant universities, which were authorized by the Morrill Acts of 1862 and 1890. States have enabled local governments or organized groups in the nation's counties to become a third legal partner in this education endeavor. The congressional charge to Cooperative Extension through the Smith-Lever Act of 1914 is far ranging. Today, this educational system includes professionals in each of America's 1862 land-grant universities (in the 50 States, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, Northern Marianas, American Samoa, Micronesia, and the District of Columbia) and in the Tuskegee University and sixteen 1890 land-grant universities.
Bios of Early Extension Workers in Virginia
A collection of random biographies found in the literature of early Extension workers in Virginia.
Burr, Charles G.
State boy's club agent, Va. Poly. Inst., Blacksburg, VA
Princ. high-sch., Cardwell, Va, 1908-10; Emporia, 1910-13; instr. agrl. educ., Farmville State Normal and agt. Prince Edward Co., 1913-16; present position, 1917-, Vice-pres. VA State Teach. Assoc., 1909-10; b. = Goodland, Ind., July 31, 1884; s. E. R. and Sarah Jane (Vorheis) B.; reared on farm; m. Mary Ellen Powell, June 5, 1913; c. Chas. G., Sue Maclin. B. A. Va. Christian Coll. 1908
Eggleston, Joseph Dupay
pres. Va. Poly. Inst., Blacksburg, Va.
Teach public schs., Ga., Va., N.C., 1886-9; supt. schs. Asheville, N. C., 1891-1900; Price Edward Co., Va., 1906-13; chief field serv. in rurla educ., U. S. Bur. Educ., Jan.-July, 1913; pres. Va. Poly. Inst., 1913-. Ed. and sec., Bur. Information and Publicity, Southern Educ. Bd., Univ. Tenn., 1902. Auth. - (with Bruere) The Work of the Rural School - b. Prince Edward Co., Va., Nov. 13, 1867; s. Joseph Dupuy and Anne Carrington (Booker) E.; reared on farm; m. Julia Johnson, Dec. 18, 1895; c. Elizabeth C., J. D. III. A.B. Hampden-Sidney Coll., 1886.; A. M., 1892; L.L.D., Washington and Lee Univ., 1917. Phi Beta Kappa; Beta Theta Pi.
Ellis, Kenneth Nicolas
co. agrl. agt., Waverly, Va.
b. Waverly, Va., June 9, 1892; s. Stanley V. and Jennie (Burt) E; reared on farm; m. Ann Leth Duncanson, Sept. 15, 1917. Student Va. Poly. Inst.
Hunter, Edwin M.
co. agrl. agt., Purcellville, Va.
Princ. high-sch, Galax, Va. 1910; Dublin Inst., 1911; 9th Congressional Dist. Agr. High-Sch., 1912-13; agt. Loudoun Co., 1914-, b., Alexander, N.C., Apr. 22, 1884; s. J. B. and Alice Douglas (Wild) H.; reared on farm; m. Lolo Sarah Filson, Sept. 6, 1910; c. Clara Alice, Elizabeth Wild, Edwin M. Jr. A.B., Emory and Henry Coll., 1910; grad. student Gen. Peabody Coll. for Teachers, 1914.
Hutcheson, John R.
dir. ext., Va. Poly. Inst., Blacksburg, Va.
Foreman expl. plats, Va. Poly. Inst., 2 yrs.; princ. 7th Cong. Distr. High-Sch., Middletown, Va., 2 yrs.; princ. Jones Co Agr. High-Sch., Ellisville, Miss., 3 yrs.; teach agr., summer sch., Univ. Va., 3 yrs.; specialist in an. husb., Va. Poly. Inst., 1914-7; asst. dir. ext., 1917-9; dir., 1919-. -b. Charlotte C.H., Va., Jan. 13, 1886; s. Robt. F. and Mary C. (Barksdale) H.; reared on farm; m. Eleanor Parrott, Oct 6, 1917; c. Eleanor Barksdale. M. S. Va. Poly. Inst., 1909.
Kinghorne, Joseph William
poultry husb., Bur. An. Ind., U. S. Dept. Agr., Washington, D.C.
Farmer, Howard Co., Md., 1911-12; dairy specialist, Md. Exp. Sta., 1912; first rep. of U. S. Dept. Agr. to organize junior poultry clubs, 1912-13; teach., Univ. Va., summers 1913-14; prof. poultry husb., Va. Poly. Inst., 1913-15; present position, 1915-; Asst. in chg. nat. poultry campaign during World War (I). Auth.: (with Lamon) Practical Poultry Production, 1920. -b. Cumberland, Md., Apr. 16, 1890; s. Wm. and Margaret (Farber) K.; reared on farm and in city; m. Edna May Sibley Hutson, June 25, 1913. B. S. A., Md. Agr. Coll., 1911.
Perry, William Montgomery
co. agrl. agt., Danville, Va.
Missionary in Africa, 18 mos. Pub., Boys' Club Letter. (Boys' clubs). - b. Wylliesburg, Va, Apr. 28, 1876; s. John Major and Lida (Bush) P.; reared on farm; m. Virginia Davis, 1903; c. Marjorie Lillian, Owen Major. Student, Va. Poly. Inst., 1894-8; Union Missionary Training Inst., Brooklyn, 1900-3.
Quisenberry, James H.
distr. agrl. agt.. Frederick Hall, Va.
b. Mineral, Va., July 29, 1868; s. John S. and Charlotte A. (Bronaugh) Q.; reared on farm; m. Nettie L. Sims, May 11, 1898; c. Maxwell, Nettie A., Elsie H., J. Nuel. Studied Va. Poly. Inst.
Ralston, Glancy Sherman
field hort., Va. Poly. Inst., Blacksburg, Va.
Asst. hort., Ore. Agr. Coll., 1912-14; ext. hort., Va. Poly. Inst. 1914-17; field hort., 1917-, (Bud formation and fruit production as influenced by environmental factors), -b. Slate Lick, Pa., Oct. 24, 1887; s. T. J. and Anna M. (Weaver) R;. reared on farm; m. Irene L. Pegg, Sept. 15, 1915; c. Robt, Allen. B.S. Colo. Agr. Coll., 1912; M.S., Ore. Agr. Coll., 1914. Alpha Zeta.
Specialist in land drainage, ext. div., Va. Poly. Inst., 1914-6; agrl. engin., 1917-. Served in 1st Va. Cavalry on Mexican border, 1916-17; Air Serv., U. S. Army, World War (I) - b. Reno, Nev. Nov. 6, 1891; s. Edward L. and Frances H. (Leonard) S.; reared in town; m. Nancy D. Hughes, Jan. 23, 1918; Student Univ. Nev. Ont. Agr. Coll., Ia. State Coll. Sigma Alpha Epsilon.
Slocum, Sylvia H.
home dem. agt., R.F.D. 6, Richmond, Va.
Teach country schs., 1908-13; home dem. agt. Henrico Co., Va., 1913-. -b. Eaton Co., Mich., Sept. 13, 1887; d. Chas. A. and Cornelia (Soper) S.; reared on farm. Grad. Mich. State Normal Coll., Ypsilanti, 1907; student Univ. Va., Geo. Peabody Coll.
Stiles, J. C.
co. agrl. agt., Ashland, Va.
Mem. Va. Crop Pest Comm., 1904-9; prof. agr. and sci., Chester Agrl. High Sch., Chester, Va., 1900-13. - b. Elliston, Va., Sept. 13, 1883; s. E. W. and Ross B. (Wamach) S; reared on farm; m. Virginia Clay Robertson, 1913; c. 2 daughters. B.S., Va. Poly. Inst.
Walker, Lucius Marshall, Jr.
co. agrl. agt., King George C. H., Va.
b. Ivy Depot, Va., Feb. 14, 1896; s. Lucius Marshall and Maude (Waddell) W.; reared on farm. Grad. Va. Poly. Inst., 2-yr. course.
Bailey, L. H. 1920. RUS: A register of the rural leadership in the United States and Canada. Ithaca, NY. 533pp.
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