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The South Bristol Farmers' Club was organized in 1882 by Franklyn Howland (1843-1907) and was incorporated by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 1894. Its constitution states that its purpose was to be "the promotion of agriculture and horticulture by frequent meetings for the discussion of these subjects." As the club grew so did its purpose "to associate farmers together for the purpose of improvement in farming knowledge by means of discussions, lectures, and fairs and for social purposes and for the establishment and maintenance of a place for reading room and social meetings." The members would meet twice a month for an entire day. Meetings began with lecture sessions in the morning and afternoon with luncheons being served during the months of January-March and October-December. In the summer, outings were held at a member's farm where one could inspect crops, observe methods of cultivation, etc. Women were allowed to join the club as equals and, in 1887, they held the first Woman's Day where the program was arranged and executed by women. The club was very successful but, by 1950, only met in the summer for social gatherings. Numerous discussions concerned whether to disband the club due to lack of interest in the area. Each time, the members felt that there was suitable support for the group and it wasn't disbanded until 1982, on its one hundredth anniversary.
Materials in this collection span the years 1887 to 1982 and reflect the activities of the South Bristol Farmers' Club. These records include minutes of meetings of the board, 1893-1917; and of the club, 1894-1982, including by-laws, constitution, and articles of incorporation. Membership records, 1893-1974, are annotated with the dates of deaths of members. Financial records contain pass books for saving accounts, 1902-1951, and bills and receipts, 1942-1970. Other records consist of correspondence, 1940-1967; and a scrapbook, historical sketch, and miscellany, from the years 1887 to 1981.
This collection also contains records for the Dartmouth Farmers' Club, organized in 1869 "to increase interest and knowledge of agriculture, horticulture, floriculture, and kindred subjects of this town and vicinity." These records consist of minutes of meetings of the club for the years 1869-1891 and include a constitution, by-laws, and lists of members.
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Removed to Printed Collection
Souvenir History, South Bristol Farmers' Club, 1898.
Materials in this collection were donated to the Old Dartmouth Historical Society by Mrs. William Gallop acting for the South Bristol Farmers' Club on 18 November 1982.
Processed by: Judith Downey, ca. 1982
Encoded by: Kermit Dewey, 24 July 2012
Funds for processing this collection were provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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Agricultural exhibitions--Mass.--Bristol County
Agricultural prices--Mass.--Bristol County
Agricultural productivity--Mass.--Bristol County
Agricultural societies--Mass.--Bristol County
Agriculture, Cooperative--Mass.--Bristol County
Agriculture--Mass.--Bristol County--Societies, etc.
Bristol County, Mass.--Clubs
Bristol County, Mass.--Societies
Crop yields--Mass.--Bristol County
Dartmouth Farmers' Club, Dartmouth, Mass.
Farm income--Mass.--Bristol County
Farm life--Mass.--Bristol County
Farm produce--Mass.--Bristol County
Farm produce--Mass.--Bristol County--Marketing
Farmers' institutes--Mass.--Bristol County
Farmers' wives--Mass.--Bristol County
Fertilizers and manures--Mass.--Bristol County
Food crops--Mass.--Bristol County
Horticultural societies--Mass.--Bristol County
Howland, Franklyn, 1843-1907
Milk trade--Mass.--Bristol County
New Bedford, Mass.--Clubs
New Bedford, Mass.--Societies
Registers of births, etc.--Mass.--Bristol County
Women--Mass.--Bristol County--Societies and clubs
Women--Mass.--Dartmouth--Societies and clubs