Lauding the Bossier Home Demonstration Council in its February 26, 1959 issue, The Bossier Banner-Progress published the following article.
“Under the leadership of Lettie Van Landingham, Home Demonstration Agent, the home demonstration council has made much progress.”
“In 1958, Mrs. Roy T. Wesson of Benton, and 1959, Mrs. Delma Cryer, of Highway 80 Club—presidents of the council, have accomplished many things as was revealed in the report given at the District Council meeting Thursday, Feb. 19, at Mansfield. Mrs. D. C. Wright, who is also state director of the Northwest District, presided over the meeting.”
“In her quiet deliberate way, she planned and executed the program for the 15 parishes with 254 home demonstration clubs with 6400 members. Included in this is Bossier Parish’s 12 clubs with 451 members.”
“The accomplishments of Bossier Parish Council during the past two years are: sponsored the clean-up campaign and located one more community dumping ground, making the total now maintained by the police jury as this is a joint project with them and the council; sponsored one delegate to the state meeting of the Louisiana Associated Clubs for Roadside Development held at Alexandria; distributed posters and stickers to individuals and business houses on the ‘Keeping Highways Clean;’ planned and helped the extension office mimeograph 500 year books containing the 1959 program with the Litter Bug Exterminated stamp on the cover; sponsored and built a home demonstration council float featuring Today’s Homes Build tomorrow’s World, sponsored one delegate to the National Home Demonstration Council which was held in Wichita, Kansas; sponsored two delegates to the state meeting in Baton Rouge; sponsored two delegates and assisted sixteen others in attending the district meeting held in Mansfield; sponsored a lecture on ‘Charm’ at one council meeting; sponsored Mrs. Janie Scott, a famous authority on patterns and women’s dress at a lecture with two hundred six persons attending; sponsored one delegate to Farm and Home Week which was held at L. S. U.; purchased $10.00 UNESCO stamp; participated in the plan of each member contributing the price of a ‘Coke a Month’ to bring a foreign home economist to the state to study our way of life and contribute ideas to us, of their way of life. This year we have Miss Ann Hyrve from Norway, who will be our (Bossier Parish) guest for an ‘International Tea’
which will be given at the new library building in Bossier City, April 24. Everyone is invited, especially the foreign born; planned and served lunch to 340 persons at the Red River Experiment Station on their field day; sponsored two handicraft schools, one at Bossier City, and one at Plain Dealing; sponsored two work shops on lamps for better reading or working light; held one achievement day at Red Land and studied the history of Red Land given by W. A. Johnson, retired teacher of Red Land; studied the history of Bossier City, given by V. V. Whittington for Bossier Band and Trust Co.; sponsored a charter bus tour to Hodges’ Garden with seventy-one making this tour.”
“One of the most outstanding events for 1958 was the winning of the State Publicity contest. This was accomplished by the wonderful cooperation of all local newspapers and compiling these articles in a neat scrapbook by publicity chairman, Mrs. W. P. Belcher.”
To discover more about the Bossier Home Demonstration Council, visit the Bossier Parish Library Historical Center. You can also go online and view pictures of several Bossier Parish Home Demonstration clubs at www.bossierlibrary.org. Then click on Collections Database under the “Genealogy Tools” heading.
Ann Middleton is Director of the Bossier Parish Library Historical Center. She can be reached at (318) 746-7717 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org