Hanchey E. Logue

Born in September 1907 in Troy, Alabama, Hanchey E. Logue graduated from Troy High School and attended Troy State Teachers College. Using this education, Logue became a teacher and football coach at Luverne High School. It was during this time that Logue met and married Polly McLeod. In 1929, Logue received a bit of advice from his principal which probably started Logue on the path that ultimately led to his long and productive journey with 4-H. After discussing this advice with his wife, Logue moved his family to Auburn where he attended API, receiving his bachelor’s degree in Vocational Agriculture Education in 1932 and his masters in 1958.

According to Louge’s memoirs, there were only two jobs with 4-H available when he graduated in 1932, and he got the one in Pine Apple, Alabama, where he remained for 10 years. From there, he moved to Greensboro to become assistant county agent for Hale County, working primarily with 4-H Clubs. Another move a few years later to Evergreen as a county agent for Conecuh County further broadened his experience.

In June of 1948, Logue faced what he described as the biggest and most difficult decision of his life. Logue was offered a position with what was then the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service as State 4-H Club leader. To accept this position, the family would have to leave what Logue described as the most beautiful and most spacious home site they had ever had.

The decision to uproot his family yet again and relocate to Auburn turned out to be important for the Logues and for the entire Alabama 4-H program. As Logue himself put it, “My trail as a county agricultural agent had come to an end. Now I was facing a new and unmarked trail for the next twenty-two years and three months.”

One of the early priorities Logue saw was to update and expand publications and materials related to 4-H programs and activities. Under his direction, these materials grew from the four outdated publications available upon his arrival to over 360 when he retired.

Credit was given to then-ACES director E. T. York for seeing the future of 4-H Club work with a wide vision. During this time, Logue worked with Ann Barr on a publication outlining the needs and objectives of 4-H club work in Alabama. By researching organized programs in several other states across the country, Logue expanded this publication to include the Alabama 4-H Foundation’s constitution, by-laws, and articles of incorporation.

During Logue’s years of service, he influenced the lives of countless boys and girls who took part in the 4-H learning-by-doing programs. He served on various national committees and in 1969, received the Gold Key citation from the Federal Extension Service for his total service to 4-H. The citation noted that throughout his years of service to youth, he was guided by a belief that 4-H club work develops boys and girls into useful and desirable citizens. Truly, Hanchey E. Logue’s legacy of service supports the 4-H Pledge, “I pledge my head to clearer thinking, my heart to greater loyalty, my hands to larger service, and my health to better living for my club, my community, my country, and my world.” The final page in Logue’s unpublished memoirs is a poem entitled “If I Were A Boy Again” where he expressed his self-stated philosophy of “I wonder who I’ll help today.”

Hanchey Logue passed away on January 17, 1995, and his beloved wife Polly followed on September 13, 2000. The Logues are survived by their sons–Mickey, John, Calvin and Lamar–seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.