4-H and the Berrien Poultry Project

4-H  sponsored many activities for rural youth in Georgia.  Ray City kids played 4-H basketball, spent summers at Camp Wilkins, participated in corn clubs and canning clubs, and other agricultural activities.  In 1947, Winona Williams and Donald Gaskins represented Ray City on the 4-H Poultry Project.  Nora Harnage lived near Ray City, GA, but attended school in Nashville, GA.

4H Poultry Project, Berrien County, GA. September 1947

4H club members gather on the courthouse square in Nashville, GA to participate in the Berrien Poultry Project, GA. September 1947. The pedestal of Berrien County’s Doughboy Monument can be seen in the background, along with Bennett and Taylor Drug Store, one of three drugstores on the square at that time. Image courtesy of http://www.berriencountyga.com 

The Atlanta Constitution,
September 10, 1947

BERRIEN POULTRY PROJECT – Poultry Specialist R.J. Richardson goes over prize-winning points of this Rhode Island Red for Berrien County 4-H members who participated in the annual chain poultry project this year. Four-H Club members shown with Richardson are, left to right, front row: Joel Smith, Edwin Register, and Billy Nix; back row: Nora Harnage, Dot Guthrie, Billy Clements, Bertha King, Winona Williams and Donald Gaskins. The Berrien County youths were given 100 baby chicks last February to care for and enter in this show by the sponsor of the project, Sears, Roebuck & Company. – Photo by Jamie Connell

Transcription courtesy of www.berriencountyga.com

Ray City Girls Form Athletic Club, 1947

Ray City, Ga in the 1940s took particular pride in the girls athletic teams of the Ray City School.  The local newspapers were full of stories about the girls basketball team challenging the neighboring communities or competing in tournament play. After the construction of the gym at the Ray City School hometown pride swelled even further.  The gym, which could seat 1,100 spectators, was dedicated in 1947. That year the Ray City girls organized their own Athletic Club.

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The Nashville Herald
September 18, 1947

Ray City Girls Form Athletic Club and Name New Officers

RAY CITY – The Ray City High School girls met September 9 in order to form an Athletic club and elect officers.
They are: Louise Williams, president, Virginia Dampier, vice president, Carolyn Scarborough, secretary and treasurer, Jean Studstill reporter.
Other members of the club are Farlene Wilson, Judith Moore, Dianne Miley, Helen Wood, Winona Williams, Ruth Webb, Betty Jean Huff, Marlene Knight, Jeanette Fender, Hilda Faye Register, Peggy Johnson, Lullene Rouse, Jeraldine Sirmans, Edith Monk, Betty Rose Purvis, Carolyn McLendon, Betty Jo Cook, Hazel Gray, Mary Register, Carolyn Register.

Winona Williams, 1948, Ray City High School

Winona Williams, 1948, Ray City High School

Helen Wood, 1948, Ray City High School

Helen Wood, 1948, Ray City High School

Jean Studstill, 1948, Ray City High School

Jean Studstill, 1948, Ray City High School

Judy Moore, of Ray City, GA, 1950 freshman at Georgia State Womans College.

Judy Moore, of Ray City, GA, 1950 freshman at Georgia State Womans College.

Diane Miley, 1948-1949 school photo.

Diane Miley, 1948-1949 school photo.

Peggy Johnson, 1949, Ray City High School

Peggy Johnson, 1949, Ray City High School

Betty Jean Huff, 1949, Ray City High School

Betty Jean Huff, 1949, Ray City High School

Lullene Rouse, 1950, Ray City School

Lullene Rouse, 1950, Ray City School

Betty Jo Cook, 1949, Ray City High School

Betty Jo Cook, 1949, Ray City High School

Betty Purvis, 1950, Ray City High School

Betty Purvis, 1950, Ray City High School

Hazel Croy, 1950, Ray City High School

Hazel Croy, 1950, Ray City High School

Geraldine Sirmans, 1948, Ray City High School

Geraldine Sirmans, 1948, Ray City High School

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