Legacy of Bert Southwick continues through donation

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Tuesday, October 03, 2017
Legacy of Bert Southwick continues

Although Bert Southwick never had any children of his own, he certainly supported area youth in many ways. Bert could be described as one of the last self-sustaining old-time farmers, growing produce, cutting hay, and raising meat and eggs. Bert was also a lifelong supporter of the 4-H program.

In his earlier years, he trailered horses and cattle for 4-H kids to the fairs and shows all over New Hampshire and New England (today, those kids are now in their late 50s and early 60s). People have said that no one could handle the difficult horses like Bert could.

His kindness kept on giving over the years. He sold part of his land across the street from his farm to the Winnisquam School District, at a very reasonable price, for a new elementary school. The Southwick School children always looked forward to his annual delivery of jack-o-lantern pumpkins, gourds and corn stalks every fall. After 70 years of egg deliveries, the “Egg Man” retired. His iconic horse-drawn delivery wagon is on permanent display at Southwick School.

For those who had the opportunity to meet this amazing and humble man, count yourself blessed to have known this “Angel in Overalls.” And though he is no longer with us, his legacy lives on through his generous donations to organizations that include the Belknap County 4-H Foundation. A scholarship award has been set up in his honor. This award is known as the “Bert Southwick Junior Achievement Award” and is given each year to two outstanding junior 4-H members. We can only hope to live a life of giving the way Bert did. We are so grateful and fortunate to be part of his legacy.

Michelle Clarke,

Belknap County 4-H Foundation