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  1. 100 Years of Home and Garden


    March 15, 2012 by Annie McCormick

    WINSLOW – The County Extension Homemakers’ Council started in Washington county in 1912 with a $1500 grant from the USDA. A part of the University of Arkansas’ Cooperative Extension Service, its goal was to educate residents with home demonstrations of canning, sewing, gardening and introducing new practices or technology to homemakers and farmers. Winslow resident Billie Sue Hughes believes the charter in Winslow started in 1962. She joined in 1964 or 1965 where she took classes on canning. She said the county office, which is now located at the Washington County Fairgrounds property, can teach you about whatever it is you want to learn from knitting to planting. The Win- slow group includes Ellen Center, Shirley Nesbitt and Fleeta Clark. “There’s so many old women. I don’t know what the average age is, but it’s oooooold,” laughs Hughes. She thinks the youngest member is in her 60s. She says that women retire and want something to do or want to learn something new. The group has always had an average of ten members. The monthly meeting is in the daytime so the ladies don’t have to drive at night. They are also a non-profit service organization. Their main source of …