Veedersburg, IN | Certificate of Distinction: 1960
ALFRED J. HESLER, Veedersburg, lives in the house where he was born. His influence, however, has spread far beyond the confines of his own community. He has been a schoolteacher, an early 4·H Club leader, a county agricultural agent, and now is a very practical farmer and overseas director for "World Neighbors, Inc.," an international good will organization.
He was the first 4·H Club leader in Fountain County. He became their county agent in 1921 and worked loyally, imaginatively, and with great enthusiasm in that job until his retirement in 1946.
After his retirement from extension work, he turned his efforts to the entire world. His work as Overseas Agricultural Leader for "World Neighbors, Inc." has taken him to Europe, Africa, New Zealand, the Middle East and around the world for the cause of international good will. John L. Peters, World Neighbors president says...."his informed, but unassuming, good will has won countless friends for him (Hesl er) and for his country ...."
At home, A. J. Hesler has been busy. He has served as chairman of CROP, as a member of the board of supervisors of the Soil Conservation District, an important member of his Church, organized the Fountain County Purdue Ag Chapter, and was a large contributor to the new 4-H Fairgrounds building program.
A. J. Hesler's selfless devotion to agriculture and community, and his unquestioned integrity has made him an inspiration to everyone who knew him.