Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums
Sandusky County Federation of Farm Women's Club
Scope and Content
The records of the organization were acquired by the Center from Dorothy Darr in 1998. For information on individual chapters, see: LH-272 Batesole records and LH-286 Friendship Circle records.
The Sandusky County Federation of Farm Women's Club formed in January 1925 as the eighth such organization to "federate" in the state of Ohio. Initially, the organization encompassed chapters in the counties of Sandusky and Seneca. Its purpose was to "create relationships among rural women in order to promote, through common interest, the general welfare of the state, and especially the betterment of conditions in rural homes and communities and to afford facilities for helpful interchange of ideas and club methods." Any woman within the two-county area could qualify as a chapter member. Its first president was Mrs. Marshall Bixler. By 1935, fourteen chapters organized: Green Creek, Ballville, Busy Bee, Bide-a-Wee, Green Springs Circle, Friendship Circle, Pottersville, North Ridge Progressive. Riverbye, Wolf Creek Circle, Unity, Riley Reapers, and Batesole. Later, Welcome and Townsend Sunshine formed. The membership originally devoted itself to missionary work. Within a short time, health and safety issues, education, and environmental concerns dominated the agenda. The chapters also saw fit to support higher education loans and scholarships for young people interested in home economics and agriculture. Meeting at an annual "union convention," Seneca and Sandusky County directors oversaw the activities of the local chapters. The directors also met with chapter legislative chairpersons at quarterly meetings
Scope and Content
The collection includes the organization's by-laws and constitution, annual programs, the annual minutes of the Sandusky County Federation of Farm Women's Club, and the minutes of the quarterly meetings of the directors and legislative chairpersons from 1925 to 1982.
1. Minutes of Annual Meetings (Seneca and Sandusky Counties): 1925-1934, 1935-1952, 1953-1982
(Includes, by-laws and constitution, program booklets, and news clippings).
2. Quarterly Minutes of Meetings of Directors and Legislative Chairpersons of Seneca and Sandusky
Counties: 1930-1934, 1935-1939, 1953-1970.
3. Miscellaneous Programs