Monday, December 13, 2010

Amanuensis Monday: Future Farmers of America (1938)

An Amanuensis is a person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another. 

Source: Alexandria-Monroe High School Spectrum, Alexandria, Indiana, 1938

First Row: Billy Cranfield, Keith Sizelove, John Featherston, David Cade, Leroy Waymire, John Nacoff, Omer Young, Virgil Hughes

Second Row: Herman Brown, Bernard Balser, William Wright, Orville Wright, Thurman Fuller, Harold Sayre, Paul Thurston, Charles Sayre

Third Row: Mr. Disque, Ralph Porter, Forest McMahan, Harold Bess, Verle Allen, Barney March, Dale Blacklidge

Fourth Row: Donald Wilson, Robert Hobbs, Fred Johnson, Eugene Fields

Future Farmers of America

The Future Farmers of America is a national organization of farm boy studying agriculture in the public high schools throughout the United States, Territory of Hawaii, and Puerto Rico.  The F.F.A. colors are gold and blue.  Each year the State Organization selects two per cent of its membership for the Hoosier Farmer Degree.  The selection is made on the basis of scholarship, leadership, and record as a vocational agriculture student.  The Alexandria chapter has two members who have acquired the Hoosier Farmer Degree.  These boys are Paul Thurston and Thurman Fuller.  The local organization has twenty-nine active members.  The club has a basketball team and have played several good games this year.  Mr. Disque is the faculty adviser for the group.  The officers are :
President - Charles Sayre
Vice President - Paul Thurston
Secretary - William Wright
Treasurer - Dale Blacklidge
Newspaper Reporter - Herman Brown

My maternal grandfather, William Wright, was the secretary of the F.F.A. for this year.  The Orville Wright mentioned in the membership roster is his second cousin.

Amanuensis Monday is a daily blogging theme which encourages the family historian to transcribe family letters, journals, audiotapes, and other historical artifacts. Amanuensis Monday is a popular ongoing series created by John Newmark at Transylvanian Dutch.

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