The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on June 11, 1946 · Page 20
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-•••• ii w. . . __ _• • ~~ * 3 a 3 o ••••••I The Algona : f * vr 1 •C- In 1892, Volume o In 1945, Volume of f Business: $14,000 - Price Business: $620,000 - Price ry Company of Butterfat-16c Ib. of Butterfat-55c Ib. I l^»»«reanaverage American with an average American appetite, ;5wnprobahly drink about 350 quarts of milk a year . . . that is, you cat ftiods possessing that equivalent of milk. t||oa21 probably live to be 60 years old or more. In India, where al- mosfa»oglairy foods are eaten the life expectancy is about 27 years. pyou served in the armed forces in the last war you got FOUR imilkasyourbrothers-in-arms of the first world . war. healthful qualities of dairy, products, is a big thing! It's a big industry. There are almost 30 America today giving forth with that wonderful nectar Oneoutof every 15 families in the country are dependent for And MILK represents a 6 billion dollar . chu&dbf the national income! ^pow didit all start? Well, in Americait started with just THREE HEiijISfeS and a BULL, -who constituted the first dairy herd of this great Ifendiof ours . . , four animals who were brought to these shores on the second voyage of the Pilgrims to Plymouth Rock. Here, in Algona, is a part of today's great American dairy industry. It is an important part — a creamery that has grown year by year, a creamery that has kept pace with technological improvements in the in- dusfa-y, a creamery that is today a part of the daily life of many workers fanners and housewives in this community. But just a matter of SO or so years ago it was a wooden structure ^down across the Chicago Northwestern tracks. To its doors farmers from the surrounding territory trttndled their milk and received in exchange about $1.00 a hundred weight for their miik. Butterfat 16c a pound. Minutes of trie Meeting The First Meeting of the Stockholders of tho. Algona Creamery Company, Held Aug. 17, 1891 "The Stockholders of the Algona Creamery Company met at the call of the President at the office of A. D. Clarke & Co. at 8 o'clock P., M. Members present: A. D. Clarke, J. C. Blackford, M. B. Chapin, Myron Schenck, W. F. Hofios, C. C. 'Chubb, J. B. Hofius, and J. Wallace, manager. < . ' • Meeting called to order by,the President. J. Wallace submits statement jof receipts and expenditures from July 29tb to August 8, 189L After consultation by the members it was decided to ?c!I the outside'skimming stations if possible and on motion of J.*C. Blackford. Mr. A. D. Clarke was appointed to confer with the Buffalo Forks Creamery Co. in regard to the disposal of the separator station ,in German Twp. and authorized to dispose of the same" in such manner and at such-price as, in*his judgment thought best. On motion A. D. Clarke was appointed ot see Olson Bros, cf Wesley wtih the view of selling the Sexton separator"'plant, and get a proposition from them and J. B. , Hofius authorized to sec €. H. Blossom and try to get an offer from Boardm'an Bros, on the same. . On motion it wa? agreed to make J. Wallace general .manager wilh; authority to order all necessary supplies, to draw checks in name of the company for all milk and •crcpm and,to .issue orders to the Secretary for all other bills. . . ! ed. ^ There being no other business the meeting adjourn- J. B. HOFIUS, Scc'y. In those days— the days of birth for so many of pur present modem businesses— methods were crude and much that we know today about the healthful, life-giving qualities of Milk and its many by-products was unknown. The buttermaker of that early creamery was paid S60.00 per month. Let's chart the history over the years of the Algona 'Co-op Creamery Co. It's a dramatic chart, giving in few figures the story of the dairy industry's rise to greatness: . YEAR 1892.. .............. . 1919 1922 ...................................... $134,000 1932 ...................................... $225,000 1942 ....................... ,. ............. $412,000 1945 ...................................... $620,000 TOTAL VOLUME PRICE OF OF BUSINESS BUTTERFAT § 14,000 87,000 I6c 72c 44c 23c 45c 55c. Those were climactic years in the history of the nation, and nothing portrays them better than those few creamery figures. Note the steady growth in volume — achieved not so much by the addition of more members as by more intensive activity on the part of the dairy farmer himself — greater herds, better herds, better dairy farming methods. The price of butterf at through those years speaks for itself (as any dairy farmer can quickly see) and tells us when we had a war, when we had a depression, and when we had good times. T,oday, in 1946, the Algona Co-op Creamery Co. stands as a working symbol of the great dairy industry of our country. The dairy farmer has made it great — and to him on the occasion of June Dairy Month is owed the gratitude of all of us.

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