Prior to 1985, Homemaking and Agriculture were separate streams within 4-H. This divide was noted in the member records, with leaders and members being written under cards labelled ‘4-H Homemaking’. In cases where members participated in both agricultural and homemaking clubs, separate cards were issued for each. Post 1985, the records were all filed alphabetically, without any separation between Homemaking and Agriculture, but index cards from older years were still kept in circulation.
Scope and Content
This series consists of membership records of leaders (older members and aults tasked with running individual clubs) and members of the Elgin County 4-H Association ranging from the 1960s to 2009. It is comprised of the following records:
Leader rolls, 2003-2009
Leaders, Homemaking, c. 1970
Members, Agriculture, c. 1970-1980
Members, mixed (Homemaking and Agriculture), c. 1985
Members of 4-H participated in individual clubs, which were centred around a particular theme. The members would each attempt to finish an assigned project (such as raising a dairy calf, or sewing a dress), and would be graded for their efforts. Clubs were lead by two leaders, adult participants that taught younger members the skills needed to complete a project; on occasion, older members would also serve as assistant leaders. At the end, those who successfully completed a club would present their result at an achievement day. Members could be in multiple clubs simultaneously, and after 1985, would receive recognition after 6, 12, 18, and 24 projects completed. In their final year of 4-H, which was age 21, they would receive a graduation certificate.
In 4-H Agriculture, members focused on a variety of topics, but some of the more common ones included raising livestock (beef, dairy, dairy goats, and horses are examples), and growing crops.
In 4-H Homemaking, the clubs would give themselves names, and a requirement of each project was that each member would produce and update a workbook, which contained minutes of meetings, lists of members (who would also make up the club executives), lessons, homework, clippings, and other things relating to their project. These workbooks were required to be aesthetically pleasing and creative.
Scope and Content
This series consists of workbooks, ledgers, and other records concerning projects completed by members of the Elgin County 4-H Association, both in Homemaking and Agriculture. It consists of the following records:
Series consists of correspondence of Robert Marshall Anderson and Donald Hume Anderson with various soldiers from the St. Thomas area who served during the Boer War/South African War (1899-1902), the First World War (1914-1918), and the Second World War (1939-1945).
Much of the Boer War/South African War-era correspondence is between Robert Marshall Anderson and his brothers Archie and Duncan, both of whom served in the conflict, Duncan as a physician in the medical corps, Archie in the infantry. In addition, Robert Marshall Anderson corresponded with some of his employees serving as soldiers in South Africa.
The First World War correspondence features letters to and from an employee of the Anderson Department Store, Warren Andrews, who served with distinction and returned to St. Thomas at war's end with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Correspondents include Robert Marshall Anderson and Anderson Department Store employees E.G. Cooper, Ruby Copeman and Donald McCallum.
Much of the Second World War correspondence consists of letters written to Donald Hume Anderson by Anderson Department Store employees injured while serving as soldiers during the Second World War expressing thanks for care packages sent to them during periods of convalescence. Correspondents include Corporal Carlyle R. Taylor, [Petty Officer?] W. Jack Taylor, Sergeant Thomas W. Hanna, Sergeant E.J. (Ted) Higginbottom, Corporal A.W. Shaw, Private F.E. Lapp, and Doug Keith. Includes stationery and envelopes bearing various military insignia. Series also includes correspondence dated 1945-1946 between Donald Hume Anderson, in his capacity as an officer of the St. Thomas-Elgin Rehabilitation Committee, and various individuals and agencies including the Canadian Department of Veterans Affairs.
Series includes the following files:
Correspondence of Private P.H. Stacey, 1900. C5 Sh5 B1 F1
Correspondence of Duncan Anderson, 1900-1901. C5 Sh5 B1 F2
Correspondence of Archie Anderson, 1899-1900. C5 Sh5 B1 F3
Correspondence of Archie Anderson, 1899-1900. C5 Sh5 B1 F4
Correspondence - Anderson Department Store staff to W.A. Andrews, 1916. C5 Sh5 B1 F5
Correspondence - E.G. Cooper to W.A. Andrews, 1917. C5 Sh5 B1 F6
Correspondence - Donald McCallum to W.A. Andrews, 1917. C5 Sh5 B1 F7