Trigg County Extension Homemakers began in 1935. There was a need for some type of continuing education for rural women. The University of Kentucky, with the Cooperative Extension Service as part of the College of Agriculture, initiated the Homemakers program. Not all counties in the state chose to include this in their offerings, but Trigg County did. Only Christian and Muhlenberg Counties were organized before Trigg County.
Mrs. A. K. Goodwin was instrumental in getting the organization started. She traveled to Christian County for lesson and organizational materials (She was dedicated because she didn’t get her driver’s license until after 1964.). She would, in turn, provide instruction and information to the women. The first meetings were held in the courthouse and these first meetings focused on canning tomatoes and sewing.
Our Homemakers Clubs grew through the years under the leadership of “Home Demonstration” Agents such as Miss Eleanor Whittinghill. She was the first of 11 who have served in the county. Miss Whittinghill served as agent for 20 years. Six clubs were formed under her leadership. These were Cadiz, Montgomery, Linton, Roaring Springs, South Cadiz, and Wallonia. Montgomery, Roaring Springs, and Wallonia are still active clubs.
Martha Robey, Patty Martin, Judy Jolly, Ann Thompson, Marinell Myers, and more recently, Mrs. Elaine Clift, who served in that position for 42 years. After Mrs. Clift retired in 2006, Brandi Cope served as Family and Consumer Sciences agent until 2008, and I just recently completed my 4th year as agent, having begun the job on July 9, 2009. No matter who has been the agent, the Trigg County Homemakers Association has continued to serve the county without fail for the past 78 years.
There are 10 different clubs that vary in size from large to small to in-between. These are Cumberland Shores, Ebony Twilight, Happy, Montgomery, New Hope Community, Roaring Springs, Rockcastle, Town & Country, United, and Wallonia. They meet at various locations and at various times through the month. We also have 40-50 “mailbox” members who receive newsletters and lessons through the mail instead of being actively involved in a club. There is a place for every person interested in being a Homemaker member!
The Trigg County Quilters Guild started as a Homemakers special interest club. It has grown into one of the top guilds in the state. They work hard to promote all aspects of quilting and their members produce wonderful pieces that are works of art.
Another special interest club that began last year was the Trigg County Homemakers Book Club. This group was started to promote reading for pleasure. It meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 1:00 PM at the Trigg County Extension Office. The first meeting for the 2013-14 year will be on September 4th, and the book that will be discussed is Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers by Anne Lamott. Everyone in the community is invited to join this group.
The Trigg County Extension Homemakers Association serves to provide leadership skills for its members. One way that it does this is by having members teach educational lessons at each monthly meeting. One of the FCS agents from the Pennyrile area comes to the county each month and teaches club representatives how to teach the lesson for the month. The club representative takes that information back and teaches it to their club. Lessons for 2013-14 include Great Places to Visit in Western Kentucky, Nuts and Seeds, Setting up a Buffet, How Your Life History can Help, and the Art of Cardmaking.
The Homemakers are also known for their numerous service projects. These include the Trigg County Women’s Show which raises funds for scholarships; Candy Cane Land which provides a “shopping” opportunity for county preschoolers; hosting and providing snacks for the quarterly Red Cross Blood Mobile; sponsoring students at the Futtrell School in India; and sponsoring the contests associated with the Trigg County Country Ham Festival. Clubs also have their own service projects and our individual members are also very active in other community service organizations.
I urge you to consider joining the Trigg County Homemakers. We are a great source of fellowship, learning, leadership, and service. For more information about joining, contact us at the Trigg County Extension Office by calling 522-3269.
Educational programs of the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of race, color, age, sex, religion, disability, or national origin.
Some of the information for this article was provided by Mrs. Elaine Clift as part of a presentation she gave in 2010. The recipes are from the four Trigg County Homemaker Cookbooks that have been published through the past 35 years.
Submitted by Clara Lawrence
Town & Country Homemakers
Favorite Recipes, 1978
2 stalks celery
1 package unflavored gelatin
1 tablespoons water
1 cup mayonnaise
Chop vegetables finely. Soften gelatin in water and heat. Blend in mayonnaise gradually. Add vegetables. Chill until set. Makes 1 1⁄2 pints.
Bacon Deviled Eggs
Submitted by Maggie Crump
Ebony Twilight Homemakers
Sharing Recipes, 1989
6 hard cooked eggs
2 tablespoons mayonnaise or salad dressing
1 tablespoon commercial French or Thousand Island dressing
1⁄2 teaspoon dry mustard
1⁄4 teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning
3 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
Slice eggs in half lengthwise. Carefully remove yolks. Mash yolks and stir in remaining ingredients. Stuff egg whites with yolk mixture. Chill. Yield: 6 servings
Submitted by Charlotte Wilson
The Good Cook’s Cookbook, 1991
1 small package sugar-free strawberry Jello
1 scant cup boiling water
1 can cranberry sauce
1 cup orange juice
2 cups chopped apples
1 cup chopped celery
1 small package unflavored gelatin
1⁄2 cup boiling water
Dissolve the strawberry Jello in scant cup of boiling water. Dice cranberry sauce and blend into hot Jello using a mixer. Add orange juice. Add apples and celery. Dissolve unflavored gelatin in the 1⁄2 cup boiling water and add to mixture. Pour into mold and refrigerate. (Note: This recipe came from my daughter-in-law Jane Ellen Wilson.)
Submitted by Sandra Crutchfield
New Hope Community Homemakers
From Our Kitchen to Yours, 2002
1 can yellow wax beans, drained
1 can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 can green beans, drained
1⁄2-3/4 cup chopped green pepper
1⁄2-3/4 cup chopped celery
1 onion, chopped (optional)
1⁄2 cup cider vinegar
1⁄2 cup sweet pickle juice
1⁄4 cup salad oil
2/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon onion powder (if not using onion in salad)
Combine all the salad ingredients and set aside.
Dressing: Mix ingredients well, dissolving sugar. Pour over bean mixture and stir. Cover and chill for at least 6 hours, or overnight. Optional: drain salad before serving. Yield: 6 servings.