Saturday, June 20, 2009

Sidles Named Iowa Master Farmer

The Seymour Herald - 10 March 1949
The Pepper
Official Publication of the Seymour Public School
Foster Nominated Sidles Master Farmer
By Neil Harl
Glen Foster, agriculture instructor, attended a luncheon at the Hotel Fort Des Moines Wednesday, March 2. The luncheon was in honor of the seven new Iowa Master Farmers of 1948. The Master Farmers had been selected by the Wallace's Farmer and Iowa Homestead company of Des Moines.

Included in the list of Master Farmers was Peter Sidles, a well known farmer of Jerome. Foster has the honor of nominating Sidles to the high position which boasts a membership of only 117 in Iowa. The Master Farmer organization began in 1926. Included in the previously selected Master Farmers are Allen Kline, national Farm Bureau president; and Howard Hill, Iowa Farm Bureau president. The 1948 Master Farmers were presented with a handsome medal and were interviewed over WHO by Herb Plambeck, WHO farm news editor.

Sidles farms 610 acres of land and is also active in community affairs. The Sidles' have five children. Pete and Jim, twin brothers, attend Seymour school, Harry lives at Waterloo, Howard attends Iowa State college and Virginia is married.
The Seymour Herald - 3 March 1949
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Sidles of Jerome were in Des Moines Wednesday for the presentation of the Iowa Master Farmer award to Mr. Sidles. They were heard at noon Wednesday over radio station W.H.O. with farm director Herb Plambeck.

Sidles was one of seven Iowans named for 1949 awards. He farms about 500 acres in Appanoose county, near Jerome, and was cited for "outstanding achievement in agriculture and good citizenship." Plambeck reported that Sidles had done an "unusual job in farming geared to the capability of his land."

The Sidles farm has been in the family since before the Civil War, Sidles said. The Master Farmer awards are made by Wallace's Farmer and Iowa Homestead magazines each year.

Sidles' two sons, Jim and Pete, attend Seymour High school.

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