Queen for a Day

by Betty Wrenn Day - Posted on Jan 04, 2012 - 03:34 PM

Photo: Queen for a  Day Mildred Hudgins , left, was  recently honored for the collection of newsletters she compiled as an extension agent in Mathews County. Gaylia Hudgins, right, who saved them all, said she still uses them today. Photo by Betty Wrenn Day.

Queen for a Day Mildred Hudgins , left, was recently honored for the collection of newsletters she compiled as an extension agent in Mathews County. Gaylia Hudgins, right, who saved them all, said she still uses them today. Photo by Betty Wrenn Day.

Photo: A wealth of knowledge was contained in these newsletters, saved for years by Gaylia Hudgins.

A wealth of knowledge was contained in these newsletters, saved for years by Gaylia Hudgins.

Do you remember the days when there were seven homemaker clubs in Mathews County? They were known then as Home Demonstration Clubs, and if you were a member or if you just had your name listed at the Mathews Extension Office, you received a monthly newsletter containing recipes, gardening, cooking and household tips. They always closed with an inspirational remark.

Mildred P. Hudgins served as home extension agent in the Mathews Cooperative Extension Service for Virginia Polytechnic Institute (VPI) from 1973-1993, and these letters were part of the many educational, practical and helpful services she rendered during those 20 years.

Recently the Central Village Homemakers, the very first club organized (and one of only two remaining, Cobbs Creek Homemakers being the other), honored Mildred. The club made her queen for a day, recalling these newsletters and serving a lunch using the recipes printed in these publications as far back as 1974. Gaylia Hudgins had luckily filed these newsletters over the years and still uses them today "You know this day and time, we can go to our computers and ‘Google’ the answers to whatever questions we have about cooking, freezing and even how to make soap. But in the seventies and eighties we called Mildred," said Gaylia.