Milam County Historical Commission
Milam County, Texas
Milam County Historical Commission - Milam County, TX
Statue of Ben Milam at Milam County, TX Courthouse
Old Junior High School Building, Rockdale, TX
Milam County Courthouse - Cameron, TX
Preserve America
First Girl's Tomato Club in Texas
201 E. Main
Cameron, TX
Jail Museum lawn
The first Girl's Tomato Clubs in Texas were organized in
1912 in Milam County to acquaint young women in  rural
areas with tomato production and canning techniques. At
the request of the United States Department of 
Agriculture, Mrs. Edna Westbrook Trigg, a local high
school principal, agreed to undertake the project. She 
organized eleven clubs throughout the county, with
members ranging in age from ten to eighteen. A similar 
program for boys, the Corn Clubs, had been instituted in
Jack County four years earlier. Each member of the 
Girl's Tomato Clubs was to produce a tomato crop on one-
tenth of an acre of land and then was taught proper 
canning procedures. The girls exhibited their products
at Milano, Rockdale, the 1913 State Fair in Dallas,  and
the Waco Cotton Palace. So successful were these
exhibits that several of the girls started college 
education funds with the money they raised selling their
goods. As the state's first rural girl's  organization
of its kind, the Tomato Clubs were forerunners of later
programs, including 4-H, that were  initiated under the
supervision of the Texas Agricultural Extension Service.
Over time, 4-H has expanded its  scope but has
maintained the principle objectives of its predecessors.
Erected 1983
First Girls Tomato Club in Texas Historical Marker, Cameron, Milam, TX
Edna Westbrook Trigg
Texas' First Home Demonstration Agent

Edna W. Trigg, first home demonstration
agent in Texas.

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Edna Westbrook Trigg Honored by Milam Co. 4-H
by Jay Ermis
Temple Daily Telegram - October 10, 2012