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Your old photos will enhance Extension book

Courtesy of Fred Whitford A photo from the mid-1900s of horses pulling farming equipment
CHANGING TIMES: Extension agents who worked in the mid-20th century helped farmers move from horses to tractors. If you have photos like this one, Fred Whitford would love to see them.
Purdue’s Fred Whitford needs your photos from the mid-1900s.

Fred Whitford is looking for photographs showing Indiana World War II veterans receiving agricultural education. Whitford, director of Purdue University Pesticide Programs and author of several books about the early days of Purdue’s College of Agriculture and the Extension service, is preparing another book.

He is specifically looking for photos of farmers receiving training under the G.I. Bill, either from county Extension agents and vocational ag agents or directly by attending Purdue University as veterans. The photographs would be used for a new book nearing completion called “Planting the Seeds of Hope: Indiana County Extension Agents During the Great Depression and World War II.”

Whitford says this book is a detailed discussion of how the farming community and Purdue Extension worked together during these historic times.

The photographs should have been taken from 1945 to 1950. Whitford can arrange to pick up photos for scanning. Or email them directly to Whitford at You can call Whitford at 765-494-1284.

If a photo you submit is used, Whitford will contact you for information for captions. Acknowledgements will be provided in the book.

Other books in the history of Extension and agriculture in Indiana include:

  • “The Grand Old Man of Purdue University and Indiana Agriculture: The Biography of William Carroll Latta”
  • “The Queen of American Agriculture: A Biography of Virginia Claypool Meredith”
  • “For the Good of the Farmer: A Biography of John Harrison Skinner, Dean of Purdue Agriculture”
  • “Enriching the Hoosier Farm Family: A Photo History of Indiana’s Early County Extension Agents”
  • “Scattering the Seeds of Knowledge: The Words and Works of Indiana’s Pioneer County Extension Agents”

These books are published by Purdue University Press and available at Click on a book for ordering information.

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