The 4-H clubs became very popular in Hope during the 1920s and 1930s, until World War II. During the particular period following World War I, Hope was enjoying a cycle of population increase that included many young families with children of the ages which benefited most from these programs, those between 10 and 21. Fortunate, too, in having excellent leadership, Hope's Clubs became some of the most outstanding in the State. There was a great rivalry between clubs in Hope, Waldoboro and Damariscotta, especially at the fairs and County Contests in the fall when the best members in each project were selected.
Uncle Nate Barrett's Hope Happy Farmers, and Emmie Hobbs' Golden Rule Girls were among the first in Hope, followed by Bessie Hardy's Hatchet Mt. Boys, Lura Norwood's Alford Lake 4-H, Mabel Wright's Hill Top Juniors at Hope, and Evelyn Vining's South Hope Girls 4-H.
(From History of Hope Maine by Anna Simpson Hardy Page 212)