This is the 4-H Pledge that guides any member through his 4-H years. 4-H clubs were originally tomato and corn clubs formed by the government in 1914 for the benefit of the youth of rural America. In the beginning, the 4-H clubs offered out-of-school programs which provided learning opportunities in areas of agriculture, clothing and nutrition. They offered children the chance to be creative in numerous projects and discover opportunites in different career fields all with the help of adult leaders.
The Lindsay clubs have been among the pacesetters in Cooke County 4-H activities since its origin in the early 1920s as a corn club. The late Michael Kupper started the club on the road to prominence in the mid-1920s when he became the first Cooke County 4-H boy to win a trip to National 4-H Congress in Chicago, IL.
4-H members choose and work in a wide variety of projects with the approval and assistance of leaders and family. Members are involved in areas of agriculture, livestock, home economics, health and science, community service, leadership and citizenship, consumer education, child care, crafts, gardening and many more. The encouragement of parents help the 4-H members complete many interesting and fulfilling projects through the years.
Besides projects, members still have the opportunity to attend camps, win trips and scholarships at the local, state and national level, and all the while meeting new friends. 4-H meetings are held on the third Monday of each month (September through April) in the cafeteria.
The Cooke County Antique Tractor and Farm Machinery Association was formed in April, 1986. The following officers were elected on April 13, 1986: President - Leon Knauf; Vice-President - Henry Hess, Jr.; and Secretary/Treasurer - John Corcoran.
Each club member owns his own equipment and brings it to the show, which is usually the last weekend of August. The shows have been held north of Lindsay at the Tractor Pull arena on the Paul and Lillian Hess farm.
By threshing grain, baling hay with horsedrawn and tractor powered balers, and performing other outdated activities, the club members hope to preserve some of our past farming heritage for the future generations.
Lindsay Young Homemakers of Texas (YHT) was organized on September 19, 1979. Peggy O'Dell served as first president. Loretta DeBorde served as local advisor. The purpose of the club was educational, with an emphasis on homemaking. The membership, drawn from the community, consisted of young adults, 18-35 years of age. It was sponsored by the Texas Educational Agency, along with the local homemaking teacher. The Chapter was active in local community projects, and held monthly programs for its members until 1987. In 1987, the YHT became known as the Lindsay Young Homemakers, still a community service organization. The club still meets on the third Tuesday of each month.