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WASHIUGTQ'J. ^HE I mi BOY
^ 111931 ^
A radio tall: ty H. G-. Tester, Extension Service, delivered'iTtirrngl'i '^TTCL;;
and 4S other radio stations associated with the National Srcadcasting Company,
May 2, 1931.
Do you realize that next week is Child Health Tfeek? Every club member in
the la,nd sho-iold check up on his health this week just as an extra precaution,
even though all of you are giving some thought to health as a nart of your
regular '4-H club work.
How, even though you know about National Child Health Week, I know that
some of you will be surprised to learn that on February 22, 1932, everyone in
this Nation will celebrate the two hundredth anniversary of the birth of George
Washington. But v-rhat has this to do with my subject - Washington, the farm.boy?
Just this: Between now and next February every 4-H club will want to plan a
meeting for Febroiary is to center around the life of Washington, the farm boy.
We of the 4-H clubs, should celebrate Washington's greatness not only as a
pioneer, general, and our first President, but also as a farmer. Washington came
of a long line of landowners. His early life was fraught with many of the same
experiences familiar to the farm boys and girls of to-day. He was the fifth
child of a well-to-doyolanter who might have afforded him any school advantage,
but his father died when he was 12. This made it necessary for George to finish
his schooling in a Virginia r’ural school. He learned something of books but
more about the forests, manly sports, and the ha,bits of Virginia life. He was a
good woodsman, horseman, hunter, aul sl:illed in sports at an early age. By the
time he was as old as 'many 4-H club imembers his responsibilities were heavy. He
began survej'-ing for Lord Fairfax at l6 3:e3.rs of age, and was actually in command
as a major and adjutant general in the Virginia State '’ilitia at 20. Between 10
and 20 years, he became proficient in meeting the affairs and responsibilities
of life. His outdoor life, his contact with real ’oroblems, his home responsibilitie:
his physical vigor and mental alertness were all developed before he v/a,s 21. At
15 . he Was tall and finely proportioned, firmly built and agile as a young athlete,
and had the intrepidity of spirit and dignity of demeanor suitable to one of
more advanced years. He preferred the bold life of the fields and the solitary
quest of the Ironter. His frankness, modesty, and unfailing good sense, together
with his real appreciation of social proprieties, caused him to co-m?and the
affection and confidence of his elders.
These are just a few of the important fa.cts about Washing-ton's life as a
farm boy. Later, as a fa.mer, he v/as anong the first to seek the adaptation of the
latest scientific methods on his farm. He tried out many original experiments also.
There is not time here to talk about all this, but for every club there is time
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to study, the life of Washington during his boyhood and especially between 10 and
21 years of e,ge, Learn how he lived and in so living developed his head to be
mentally alert, his hands and bod;’’ to be sMlD.ful, his nhysique to be healthy
enough to withstand the strenuous life of the Revolution and the Presidency and
how these exoeriences developed in him an appreciation of the finer things of
life. How then did he develop his head, his '-.cart, his hand, and his health?
Let rne eunhasize the fact that club wr.-k is work - not classroom work,
but work with the forces of life out of which the individual boy or girl develops
keeries;;, aj^rtness, quick-wittedness, intelligence, resourcefulness, and
aggressin anass in dealing with the problems of rural living. Do you not see in
the life of -/ashington an embodL:,jnt of the U-H motto, "To make the Best better?"
He w»'s Gontimxrlly seeking to find that which needed to be done, and to do them.
I see in the year ahead a/ army of nearly a million farm boys and girls,
taking r s their inspiration the boyhood lii’e of the father of their country,
studying the needs of their own emmunities, and busying themselves at the task
of doing whatever needs to be dont , Club work is measured largely'' by the extent
to which, it finds and solves the uroblems of everyday living, for farm boys and
girls and their "oarento, at home, on the farm, and in community affairs.
r.rjir.e.uber - Febru'^ry, 1 - 5 , 32 .
(Club members who desire information about Washington’s boyhood and his
activities as a farmer should real vol-'jme I of J. D.'Sawyer’s Washington, the first
five chapters of The True Ceorge Tashington, by Paul L. Ford, and George
TTashington, Country Gentleman, by Paul L. Hanworth.