Ag education pioneer was part of Milano family
Ervin Westbrook’s family left its legacy in Milam County. The couple built a log house and spent years working their land into a productive farm with cattle.
Ervin died Nov. 4, 1874, and was buried in the little cemetery on his land.
Civil War veterans Will and John Walker were also buried there.
Rachel continued to live on their land until May 24, 1924. When her health failed she moved to Denton to be near her daughter Edna Trigg.
Rachel died there and was buried in Denton in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery.
After her death a portion of the family farm, including the cemetery was deeded to their daughter, Edna Westbrook Trigg.
Edna was born in December, 1868.
Raised in the area around Milano, she became interested in the educational field becoming a teacher traveling around the county by horse and buggy, staying with family and friends.
In 1892 she married Charles Trigg and a son and daughter were born into this union.
Trigg spent time as a teacher and principal of a rural school in the Liberty community outside Milano.
In 1911, when the position for USDA demonstration agent in Milam County came open, she accepted.
She was paid $100. per month with room and board.
In 1913 Milam County girls exhibited their projects at the Rockdale Fair and the State Fair of Texas in Dallas and won over $100 in prize money.
In 1916, when Milam County’s funds ran out, she was hired as a home demonstration agent for Denton County.
She gave up her position at the Liberty school to move to Denton. She died in November, 1946 and is buried there.
She is remembered by a Texas Historical Commission Marker on the grounds of the Milam County Courthouse.
A hundred years have passed, but some of her same techniques are still practiced by today’s homemakers.
The work of Edna Westbrook Trigg lives on today as we celebrate her lifetime achievements that set the bar high for growth in the field of Texas Family and Consumer Services fields.
Watch for more information on a celebration to be held in October 2012 honoring Mrs. Trigg.
• “Comments from Cher yl Walker” Celebration of history for FCS in Milam County 2012.
• Rockdale Reporter “ Agrilife Extension Family and Consumer Sciences 2012.
• www Milam County HistoricalCommission.org.