Katherine Wilkie and Edward Putnam had miles and miles and miles of “heart” in 1955. The teenagers also had proper measurements in the “head,” “hands” and “health” departments. They were fully stocked for work as local 4-H Club members. Wilkie and Putnam, both 17, were designated Schenectady County’s outstanding 4-H members in 1955. In March, the teens and other outstanding 4-H members from nearby counties met Gov. W. Averell Harriman as part of National 4-H Club Week.
Katherine Wilkie receives some kitchen tips from a 4-H agent inside the Wilkie residence in Rotterdam.
Edward Putnam and his father, Floyd Putnam, show off Edward's cow Spotty and her calf. By 1955, Edward had raised 21 dairy animals as a 4-H Club member.
Work on 4-H clothing projects made Katherine Wilkie a pretty good seamstress in 1955.
Edward Putnam raised livestock, and raised pen to paperwork, as a part-time dairy farmer and full-time 4-H Club member in 1955.
Katherine Wilkie’s 4-H training taught her about food safety. Here, she marks a container before storing it in her family’s deep freezer.
Edward Putnam revs up his farm tractor in 1955.
Katherine Wilkie helped other 4-H kids during the 1954-55 school year. She was a junior leader under Dorothy Peck.
Edward Putnam of Duanesburg is shown at age 17. He farmed for about 20 years after being honored for his work in 4-H.
Katherine Wilkie of Rotterdam is shown at age 17. She stayed active in the organization after her youth, serving as a 4-H agent in New York and later New Hampshire, where she now lives.