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Edna Westbrook Trigg in Denton County

 
 
Edna Westbrook Trigg in Denton County Marker image. Click for full size.
By James R. Murray, September 19, 2017
1. Edna Westbrook Trigg in Denton County Marker
Marker is on the grounds of the Denton County Courthouse
Inscription. Edna Westbrook Trigg (1868-1946) was the first county home demonstration agent appointed in Texas in 1915, serving in Denton County from February 1916 through December 1937. She was named Denton County home demonstration emeritus from January 1, 1938, until her retirement on July 31, 1945. Previously in Milam County, she served as rural high school principal and "collaborator" for the United States Department of Agriculture as supervisor of Girls Tomato Clubs.

Trigg traveled throughout Denton County teaching and advising farm women on vegetable gardening, canning, sewing, cooking, household management and other aspects of daily life. She had to overcome prejudices against government's interference in farming and a woman's interference in a man's work and home life. During World War I, she helped make the county agriculturally self-sufficient by working with farmers to grow more vegetables, attended patriotic meetings three nights a week urging people to purchase Liberty Bonds and held Saturday canning schools to show rural residents how to properly preserve and protect the food they grew. She convinced county commissioners to loan her $350 to purchase twenty community steam canners for use in the precincts. The Hawkeye Demonstration Club, organized in 1919 in the now extinct community of Hawkeye, owned the first community canner.
Edna Westbrook Trigg in Denton County Marker image. Click for full size.
By James R. Murray, September 19, 2017
2. Edna Westbrook Trigg in Denton County Marker
Long view of marker location
Trigg served on the staff of the College of Industrial Arts (Texas Woman's University) overseeing courses in the methods of home demonstration and was honored in 1971 by the Texas Extension Education Association, Inc. 4-H with a scholarship in her name. On October 18, 1991, Edna Westbrook Trigg was entered into the National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame.
 
Erected 2015 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 18167.)
 
Location. 33° 12.896′ N, 97° 7.975′ W. Marker is in Denton, Texas, in Denton County. Marker is at the intersection of West Hickory Street and North Locust Street (U.S. 77/377), on the left when traveling east on West Hickory Street. Touch for map. Marker is on the grounds of the Denton County Courthouse. Marker is at or near this postal address: 110 West Hickory Street, Denton TX 76201, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The City of Denton (a few steps from this marker); John B. Denton (a few steps from this marker); Denton County Courthouse (a few steps from this marker); Our Confederate Soldiers (within shouting distance of this marker); Denton County War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Denton County (within shouting distance of this marker); Beulah A. Harriss (approx. mile away); Elm Fork Bridge (approx. 8.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Denton.
 
Also see . . .  Trigg, Edna Westbrook - The Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) (Submitted on August 15, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 15, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 19, 2017, by James R. Murray of Elkton, Florida. This page has been viewed 106 times since then and 40 times this year. Last updated on August 15, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 19, 2017, by James R. Murray of Elkton, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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