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May 4, 2014

EXTENSION NEWS: Celebrating 100 years of Extension


Extension Education Clubs has always been a part of extension. They were originally called Home Demonstration Clubs. They were created to support the 4-H program, but were also involved in providing education to women and being involved in leadership development and community service. The first club was organized in Springtown in 1919 and is still a very active club today. 

The agriculture program is also involved in working with local residents, farmers and ranchers, gardeners in providing relevant information agriculture, horticulture, water conservation and water quality as well as other areas. 

In Parker County, extension has been strong. The first county extension agent that was originally called “farm demonstrator” was Frank Clark who was hired in 1910. Mary Sue Maddox was the first home demonstration agent hired in 1914. The current county extension agents serving Parker County are Jon Green, County Extension Agent- Agricultural and Natural Resource; Kayla Neill-Peek, County Extension Agent – 4-H and Youth Development; and Kathy Smith, County Extension Agent – Family and Consumer Sciences.

This is a list of people who have worked as a County Extension Agent in Parker County.

County Extension Agent – Agriculture and Natural Resources: Frank Clark, Joseph J. Caldwell, R. L. Banks, Robert Withers, J. W. Jackson, J. H. Surovik, James O. Woodsman, Harold G. Law, Jerry M. Price,  Walter E. Kruse, James S. Denton Jr., William Sears, Jimmie H. McDaniel, Paul Jenkins and Jon Green. 

County Extension Agent Assistant – Agriculture: Billie Brooks, Kenneth Hayes and Bob Whitney.

County Extension Agent – Family and Consumer Sciences: Mary Sue Maddox, Lilla L. Pearce, Trulie A Richmond, Mrytle Murray, Isla Mae Chitwood, Grace Truman Woodruff, Janie Parks, Annie Mae Donaghey, Martha, Buttrill and Black Roach Foster. Family consumer and science educators were called home demonstration agents up until the late 1970s. They were then named county extension agent – home economics and the changed to family and consumer sciences.

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