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4-H Promotion Compendium: 4-H Pigs Visit South Pole

A National Compendium of 4-H Promotion and Visibility over the Past Century

4-H Pigs Visit South Pole

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Richard E Byrd

According to a brief news article in the January 1929 National Boys and Girls Club News, a herd of 4-H club pigs are now dining aboard one of Commander Richard E. Byrd's South Pole expedition vessels. The herd consists of six gilts and one boar which are kept aboard the ship for breeding purposes in order to supply the pork needed for the expedition party during their stay in the South Pole region. The 4-H club boys who sold the hogs to the Byrd purchasing agent are Prior and David Gimbert of Princess Ann County, Virginia.

Two years later, now a Rear Admiral, Byrd paid a visit to the National 4-H Club Congress in Chicago. He is shown here presenting medals to the meat project winners in the program sponsored by Wilson Meat Packing Company. Thos. E. Wilson is standing at the left and his son, Edward Foss Wilson, is pictured beside his father and behind Rear Admiral Byrd.

Compiled by National 4-H History Preservation Team.

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