1904: First corn club is established

George Claud (G.C.) Adams, Newton County Superintendent of Schools, organizes the first corn club for boys.

George Claud Adams dedicated his life to agriculture and the community. He was born the 12th of 16 children and spent most of his early life on the family farm. Even though he had less than one year of formal education, never attending high school or college, Adams dedicated much of his career to improving the education of boys and girls both in the classroom and on the farm.

Adams organized the Boys' Corn Club in Newton County in 1904. These corn clubs are widely known as the predecessors of Georgia 4-H, making Adams the “Father of 4-H” in Georgia.

“His effort to teach 151 boys how to grow a better crop of corn was the beginning of the 4-H program in Georgia,” said Arch Smith, state 4-H leader. “These young students carried back to their parents the message of better agricultural practices, which improved farm production methods in the early 1900s.”

Adams extended his impact on the agricultural community when he was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1926. He served on the agriculture and education committees, and in 1932, he was elected commissioner of agriculture.