HERMAN BERNARD HELMS
1909 – 1957
Herman Bernard Helms was born in Monroe, North Carolina, August 25, 1909. After graduating from Monroe High School, he attended Wingate Junior College and later Wake Forest College. He came back to Union County and taught French at Benton Heights High School. While teaching, he became interested in poultry breeding and in the Mid-30’s gave up teaching to devote full time to the poultry industry.
Mr. Helms became an outstanding breeder of New Hampshires and was one of the first in the South to start breeding a white feathered broiler. He was active in a number of poultry organizations that date back to the late 40â€™s. In 1949, he won top honors in the North Carolina State Chicken of Tomorrow Contest.
Bernard Helms' interest in and dedication to the poultry industry in the Union County area had a direct influence on the poultry industry in other areas of North Carolina. His activities in farm related organizations exemplified his interest in the welfare of not only his own business, but also the welfare of poultry industrymen throughout the State.
The officers and directors of the North Carolina Poultry Federation are pleased to honor him by his induction into the North Carolina Poultry Hall of Fame.