Mrs. Edna Westbrook Trigg
Mrs Edna Westbrook Trigg
(December 30, 1868 - November 15, 1946) Pioneer leader
of Texas women in rural club work. While serving as
principal of a school near Milano, Mrs. Trigg was
asked by the United States Department of Agriculture
in 1911 to supervise Texas' first Girls' Tomato Club.
Her role included organization, teaching, and
experimentation. In Aug. 1912, her clubs showed canned
products at Milano Fair-- the state's first exhibit of
this kind, and a great success. In 1913-14, she worked
in Childress and Milam counties, holding canning
schools financed by local groups and the U. S.
Department of Agriculture. After enactment of national
and state legislation (1914-1915) established the
Agricultural Extension Service at land grant colleges,
Mrs. Trigg became (in 1916) the first county home
demonstration agent in Texas. Stationed in Denton, she
also served on staff of the College of Industrial Arts
(now Texas Woman's University), overseeing courses in
methods for home demonstration work, assuring its
professionalism. edna Trigg was a native of Milam
County, daughter of Ervin and Rachel Walker Westbrook.
She married (in 1892) Charles Letman Trigg, and was
mother of Charles Westbrook Trigg and Eloise Trigg
(later Mrs. Johnson). Mrs. Trigg is buried in I. O. O.
F. Cemetery, Denton.
Texas' First Home Demonstration Agent
Edna W. Trigg, first home demonstration
agent in Texas.
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