Sunday, June 15, 2008

4-H Clubs

There is a reunion coming up of 4-H members. It will be on July 5th, 2008, at the Cayuga County Fairgrounds in Weedsport, NY.
The organizers are asking for old memorabilia and photos, so I have begun looking through some old scrapbooks. It has brought up lots of great memories.
I, like most of Wyckoff Road north of Hunter Road, belonged to the Wyckoff Highlanders through the mid-50’s and 60’s. I don’t know the origin of the club name, but it was around for a long time. Our skills were mainly in baking, sewing, raising animals and gardening. That’s because those were the skills of the volunteer leaders we had.
Our leaders were our parents. We attended a meeting, paid dues and elected officers, conducted business and then some part of the meeting would be dedicated to an activity.
We had a lot of fun at those meetings, and we learned a lot too. I remember attending a session on basic electricity, taught at the (by then abandoned) one-room School #2 on the corner of Wyckoff and Skillett Roads. One parent taught us how to properly iron a shirt, with gusto! I learned to sew almost anything from another cherished leader and got the blue ribbons to prove it.
We baked muffins and biscuits; pies and cakes. Our goal was to enter them at the County Fair and win a blue ribbon, and perhaps be selected to go on to the State Fair. Of course we needed to practice, so our families were our lab rats. To this day I cannot choose cherry pie for dessert and I have 2 older sisters to thank for that!
I’ve mentioned the website before; it is an awesome searchable site of newspaper articles. So I searched and you guessed it – found an article on my sister’s cherry pie recipe!According to the Auburn Citizen of November 7, 1954, Cynthia Stoker and her cousin Joan Minde entered, for the second year, the cherry pie contest held at NYSEG, then located on North Street in Auburn. After the judges were through, Cynthia won by a mere 2 points over her cousin Joan – the exact opposite of the previous year. The article contains the entire recipe. When I shared a copy with these two ladies, they had lots more memories to talk about. If you have some to share, send us a comment!
I will write some more about the 4-H and the county fair this week.


Roger A. Post said...

Sandie, if memory serves, the Wyckoff Highlanders 4-H Club was formed as an offshoot of the Scipio Zippers 4-H Club. I remember the Scipio Zippers having a meeting at Alberta Klipple's house in Scipio Center. I think she may have been a leader of that club. I can't remember exactly who came up with the name, Wyckoff Highlanders, when the new club was formed, but we all liked it! Bud and Alice Minde were among the leaders of the Wyckoff Highlanders.

Sandie Stoker Gilliland said...

The Scipio Zippers, huh? I will have to ask around about that one, Roger! It sure sounds good.
I have to share a story with everyone about the Highlanders. Recently, long-time Scipio resident Mrs. Janet Buckhout celebrated a milestone brthday with several friends. I had asked one of these friends to convey my memory of her teaching us how to iron a shirt. Her instructions were thorough, and in all these years, I have always ironed that way!
When our friend shared this at the birthday celebration, Janet Buckhout recalled how she was asked what she could demonstrate to the Club as her contribution. She thought and thought and finally said "I know how to iron" and that became her contribution.
So as you can see, everyone shared their knowledge, and no matter what it was, it was respected and valued. And that is what makes 4-H such a significant memory to so many people.

linda said...


We were indeed the "Scipio Zippers, and Alberta Klipple was our leader..I made a cotton skirt with the 4-H banner and green/white fabric..Don't remember winning any awards for that..My Brother, Mark, and I did appear on syracuse TV with Kate Russell and demonstrated proper table settings-back in the 50's. Also baked so many blue berry muffins in prep for County Fair that I think my father eventually hated them!!!! Linda Klipple Surace