Tyler in Smith County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
The First County Agricultural Extension Agent
At a time of low crop production and depressed farm economy, Smith County became the birthplace of the County Agricultural Agent concept. This occurred in an historic meeting Nov. 12, 1906, in an opera house near this site. Present were Dr. Seaman A. Knapp of the United States Department of Agriculture, County Judge S. A. Lindsey, and some 44 local leaders—many belonging to the Tyler Commercial Club which sought to underwrite farm improvement.
Smith County that day appointed Wm. C. Stallings (1842-1916) the first county agent in Texas and the first in the nation to serve only one county.
Three years earlier the first cooperative farm demonstration program was begun on the Walter C. Porter property, Kaufman County. That successful application of scientific farming operations and appointment of Stallings (an outstanding farmer of the Dixie community, west of Tyler) were first steps toward establishment of the County Agricultural Agents' system, now known the world over as the Cooperative Extension Service. Today its educational programs further development of agricultural and human resources in both rural and urban areas.
Erected 1971 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 7716.)
Location. 32° Touch for map. Located on the south side of the plaza across from the Smith County Courthouse. Marker is at or near this postal address: 110 W Erwin St, Tyler TX 75702, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Smith County C.S.A. / Tyler-Smith County C.S.A. Men and Units (a few steps from this marker); City of Tyler (within shouting distance of this marker); Tyler Carnegie Library (within shouting distance of this marker); Tyler Commercial College (within shouting distance of this marker); Thomas R. Bonner (within shouting distance of this marker); Smith County as a 19th Century Legal Center (within shouting distance of this marker); Brady P. Gentry (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hampson Boren Gary (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tyler.
Categories. • Agriculture • Industry & Commerce •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 9, 2015, by Randal B. Gilbert of Tyler, Texas. This page has been viewed 179 times since then and 62 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 9, 2015, by Randal B. Gilbert of Tyler, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.