By Kayla Hawthorne, OCJ field reporter
Fredericktown Local School District received an Ohio Historical Marker for the world’s first blue corduroy jackets worn by members of the National FFA Organization.
The historical marker sign states, “In 1933, Dr. J.H. “Gus” Lintner, a Fredericktown teacher and advisor to the local FFA chapter, commissioned a jacket for its members to wear to FFA’s national convention in Kansas City, Missouri.” The national organization then adopted the jacket as part of the official dress for FFA members.
The historical marker will be placed in front of the school so it can be viewed by students and visitors.
“Tonight was a very exciting moment, not only for Fredericktown FFA, but FFA in general,” said Holly McClay, Ohio FFA State Vice President at the event.
Two of the members of the Fredericktown FFA chapter from 1933 were in attendance at the event. Linden Scheff and Neil Overly — who were in the original 1933 Fredericktown FFA band that wore the first FFA jackets to the National Convention — got to unveil the marker. They will both be turning 100 years old within the next few months and still live in the area.
They were also presented commemorative replicas of their original FFA jacket that were reproduced by Mark Hoops of Universal Lettering, the company that has made FFA jackets for 85 years.
“It was so cool to watch them because when they unveiled the historical marker, there’s a picture of the original band on it, and their faces when they saw their picture on there was just priceless,” McClay said.
In addition to the Historical Marker, six new signs will be placed around town to remind everyone that Fredericktown is the Home of the FFA Jacket.