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Gary E Moore
This is the heading from an article that appeared in a local newspaper a while back. Figure 1 Newspaper Article Heading In what decade would you guess this article appeared? [A. 1930s] [B. 1940s] [C. 1950s] [D. 1960s] [E. 1970s] In what state would you guess this article appeared? [A. Connecticut] [B. Maine] [C. Washington] [D. Idaho] [E.…
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Gary E Moore
Last week’s Friday Footnote focused on the FFA basketball teams and tournaments that were at the height of their popularity in the 1950s. In response, I received a note from Tim Davis, an agriculture teacher in Missouri who asked if I had heard of FFA Boxing teams. He said his school had an FFA boxing team in 1952. I must confess that I had not…
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Gary E Moore
“Making Basketball History” was the heading of an article in the January 28, 1938 Bangor (Maine) Daily News. So, who made basketball history? It was the Presque Isle Future Farmers basketball team. They had finished the season with a 20-1 record. The only team that beat them was a team composed of alumni members of their own FFA chapter.   The…
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Gary E Moore
Have you ever heard the expression “save the best for last”? That is my thinking as we wrap up our celebration of Native American Heritage Month with this Friday Footnote.   Four years ago, I was exploring southern Utah and northern Arizona and visited Monument Valley High School in northern Arizona. Both agriculture teachers were gone for the…
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Gary E Moore
I am not sure of the words to describe my feelings after reading an article titled “The Last Dance” from the Fall 1953 issue of the National Future Farmer. Perhaps sad or poignant fit. Better yet, I will let you read the article and come up with your own words. The Last Dance By R. W. Harris Vo-Ag Instructor, Browning (Montana) The colorful…
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Gary E Moore
In the latter half of the 1800s, the Indian conflicts (skirmishes, wars) in America were at an end. The vanquished Native Americas were herded to reservations. But the question emerged about what to do with the Indian children. The American government decided that Native American children should be reeducated and “Americanized.” They should be…
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Gary E Moore
When European explorers first set foot in North America, they were shocked to see what Native American women were doing. They were engaged in farming and other aspects of agriculture. They were hard workers. This was shocking to the Europeans who believed women were the weaker sex and should be sheltered. Women should be cloistered and devote…
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Gary E Moore
What do FFA chapters do special at Halloween? If you go back in time, you will find numerous references to Halloween activities. In the August 1931 issue of The Agricultural Education Magazine the Reidville, SC FFA chapter reported they (p. 29) made “…quite a bit of money each year from their Halloween party.” On November 2, 1934, the San…
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Gary E Moore
We are wrapping up our month-long celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month with one additional posting that has roots in Spain (and France). Most people are vaguely aware of the Basque ethnic group but really don’t know much about them. Since tomorrow, October 23, is Basque Cultural Day it is appropriate to learn more about the Basque and their…
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Gary E Moore
This is the fifth Friday Footnote celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. Our guest columnist is Elizabeth Espino. Here is her story. Figure 1. Elizabeth Espino I am a first-generation Mexican American. I am from La Grange, North Carolina. My parents are Agustin Espino and Jessica Real Romero, and I am the oldest sibling of my parents’ three…
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