Clay County Extension had their annual dinner meeting at the 4-H Fairgrounds recently to celebrate last year's accomplishments and to replace four board members.
Bob Kumpf, Mary Ray, Martha Turner and Calvin Vitz were elected to the board by community leaders. They replace Don Yegerlehner, president; Garry Dalton; Randy Staley and Jorita Wilson.
4-H celebrated their centennial in 2002. Last year in Clay County, 1,876 4-H projects were completed. Clay County went to the state fair and has the best junior lawn and garden tractor driver and the second best senior ag tractor driver in the state.
For the first time in several years, Clay County had a 4-Her participate in the state junior leader conference and had three 4-Hers receive Ind. 4-H Foundation scholarships to further their education.
Following dinner, Jim Hicks gave a presentation about the history of U. S. 40, the National Road. He said men earned 62 cents a day cutting trees and clearing the land for the first federal road envisioned by President George Washington. Many workers bought farmland along the National Road and settled in Clay County.
Hicks introduced Brian and Peggy Taylor. They portrayed themselves as Mr. and Mrs. Stough, innkeepers along the National Road. The couple researched the history of the Stough Inn. They were very proud that Abraham Lincoln stayed at their inn before he became president.
The dinner was sponsored by Growers Co-op and Riddell National Bank.