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Thoma, Harry (ed.) / The Wisconsin alumni magazine
Volume 37, Number II (Nov. 1935)

Badgers you should know,   pp. 44-47


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                            Baie           M1 should know
   Appointed Puerto Rico "Savior"                           Associates
Honor K. L. Hatch
EARL P. HANSON, '22, sailed on October 3 to            HONORARY recognition
for more than a quar-
  become planning consultant for -the Puerto Rico     ter century of outstanding
educational service
reconstruction administration. In Puerto Rico, Han-  administered in the
interest of farming and home-
son will be a part of a unique effort to rehabilitate an  making, was recently
conferred upon K. L. Hatch,
overpopulated agricultural country, help restore the  associate director
of the Wisconsin Extension Serv-
land to the people, reduce the domination of sugar as  ice in Agriculture
and Home Economics.
a crop, and provide a livelihood for some 300,000      In recognition of
his distinguished service, a por-
unemployed people. He is a close friend of several  trait of Professor Hatch,
recently completed by Ro-
Puerto Ricans leading in this work, including Dr.   bert Grafton, portrait
artist of Michigan City, Indi-
Carlos E. Chardon, chancellor of the University of   ana, was unveiled at
a banquet and presented to the
Puerto Rico, head of the Puerto Rico policy commis-  College of Agriculture,
by fellow  staff extension
sion which prepared the "Char-                                     
        workers, associates and friends.
don plan" on which the recon-                                      
          H. L. Russell, former dean of
struction program is based, and                                         
  the agricultural college during
coordinator of the PRRA.                                                
  whose administration Hatch in-
  Hanson   has explored    the                                          
  stituted the first agricultural ex-
frozen north, the tropical south,                                       
  tension  work   in  Wisconsin,
and   the  Mississippi  valley,                                         
  made the presentation of the
among other regions. He spent                                           
  portrait. In accepting the por-
10 days in Puerto Rico and                                              
  trait on behalf of the College of
likes it, and has many prom-                                            
  Agriculture, Dean    Chris L.
inent friends there. As an ex-                                          
  Christensen pointed to the fact
pert for the Mississippi valley                                         
  that Hatch, besides being a pio-
committee and the national re-                                          
  neer in agricultural extension
sources board, Hanson has de-                                           
  work, had so enlarged and ex-
voted the last two years to stu-                                        
  panded it that today it serves
dying the land and water prob-                                          
  every member of the farm fam-
lems of the great area from the                                         
  ily including the thousands of
Rocky mountains to the Alleg-                                           
  boys and girls of Wisconsin
henies.                                                                 
  who are members of 4-H clubs.
   He went to Washington from                                           
   As a public educator, Hatch oc-
South America, where he pad-                                            
  cupies the unique position of
dled dugout canoes and rode                                             
   having nearly 200,000 farm
horses along the Orinoco to                                             
   families in  his classroom-a
study terrestrial magnetism for                                         
   man who in the field of educa-
the Carnegie institution. His                Prof. K. L. Hatch          
   tion has a task that would chal-
biggest job was keeping his del-       Ag School given this new portrait
 lenge even a Mark Hopkins.
icate instruments for measuring                                         
     Hatch, a native son of Wis-
the changes of the compass from being jolted out of  consin, was born and
raised on a farm in Richland
order by the plodding mules. Of course, there were a  county, and later completed
his education at the Uni-
few tropical diseases, many helpful Indians, and other  versity of Wisconsin.
He has had wide experience
excitements along the Amazon and the Orinoco,       as a public educator
having taught rural schools,
where he traveled some 20,000 jungle miles.         served as principal of
high schools at Sextonville,
   While Hanson was a student of engineering at the  Black Earth and Waterloo,
and as principal of the
University, he and a friend from Iceland left from  Winnebago county school
of agriculture at Winne-
New York for Iceland with $2.50 between them,       conne. As a pioneer in
the field of agricultural edu-
and got there, shoveling coal and doing odd jobs on  cation, Hatch organized
probably the first course in
the ship.                                              the history of agricultural
education and conceived
   In 1927, Hanson returned to Iceland to study its  the system of itinerant
agricultural instruction as it
water power resources and possibilities for landing  now exists in Wisconsin.
He organized the depart-
fields for a proposed transatlantic airplane route by  ment of agricultural
extension at the University of
Greenland and Iceland. Col. Charles Lindbergh,      Wisconsin, of which he
became the first director.
another Wisconsin boy who made good, landed on
some of the fields he projected there.
   Northern Canada and the west coast of the Hud-          Named Rensselaer
President
son bay were his fields of exploration in 1929. He   CONTINUING his consistent
rise to fame in his
went to South America for the Carnegie institution     chosen field, William
0. Hotchkiss, '03, has been
in 1931, returning in 1933 and going to work for    named president of Rensselaer
Polytechnical Insti-
the New Deal.                                          tute. He had been
president of the Michigan School
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