Lewis Raymond Alderman


Lewis Raymond Alderman

Dayton, Yamhill County, Oregon, USA
Death 31 Jan 1965 (aged 92)
McMinnville, Yamhill County, Oregon, USA
Burial Dayton, Yamhill County, Oregon, USA
Memorial ID 10300048 View Source
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The Capital Journal, Salem, Oregon, 1 Feb 1965


McMinnville - Lewis Raymond Alderman, 92, former state superintendent of Public instruction and founder of the 4-H club program, died Sunday in a McMinnville hospital.

A resident of 1339 N. Ford St. here, he had been ill for about four weeks.

Alderman also was instrumental in establishing an education program for military servicemen and while Portland superintendent persuaded Simon Benson to found Benson to found Benson Polytechnical School.
Alderman was born at Dayton, and spent most of his life in that area. He was graduated from the University of Oregon in 1898.

It was about 1905 that Alderman, observing that school children used imported popcorn for Christmas decorations, challenged them to grow their own and offered a $5 prize for the best popcorn grown locally. It led to the first Children's Fair at the Old Star Mill at McMinnville, the forerunner of 4-H Fair and the 4-H education program.

Alderman became sate superintendent in 1911, the seventh of 12 Oregon has had, when he had a staff of five and rode horseback to oversee less than a dozen public schools. His salary was $3,000 a year.

He resigned in 1913 to become Portland superintendent.

In World War I he became director of education for the U.S. Navy and while aboard ship came up with the idea of a program for sailors with leisure on their hands, a program which spread to other military services.

In 1925 Alderman went to the U.S. Department of Education, where he was director of adult education. During the depression of the 1930's he directed a program to teach 1,750,000 adult illiterates by employing school teachers who were on relief.

Alderman was a member of United Presbyterian Church, McMinnville, and of Jacob Mayer Masonic Lodge.
Survivors include the widow, Lola, McMinnville; a daughter, Mrs. Sterling (Ruth) Tait, Gourverneur, N.Y.; a son, Rear Adm. John C. Alderman, Upland, Calif.; and eight grandchildren. A son, Robert, died in 1946.

Services are pending at Macy & Son Funeral Home. The family requested that gifts be given to the Presbyterian memorial fund in lieu of flowers.

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