updated 01/03/2015


Allamakee co. Creamery Directory

Postville Farmers' Co-op Creamery, undated photo from the collection of S. Ferrall
Farmers Co-Operative Creamery, Postville, built 1907


Note: unless otherwise credited, the source of photos on this page are from the private collection of S. Ferrall, "The photos were among my grandfather, Fred Groth's personal papers. He and my grandmother Dorothy bought the old Postville creamery in 1939 and operated a poultry business in the building. His father Ernest Groth is listed as receiving a check. The old building stood until December 2003, when the building burned to the ground, was the Iowa Turkey Products plant. The Waukon creamery picture was on a photo postcard. There is no date on the card.


1894 Allamakee co. Creameries

Office No. Located at or near Name of Creamery or Cheese Factory Proprietor, Secretary or Manager P.O. Address of Proprietor, Sec'y or Manager Shipping Station Product Manufactured Operated by individual, co-operative
or stock company
Separator (S), Gathered cream (GC) or both (B)
318 Dorchester New Albin Creamery Co. New Albin Creamery
Co.
New Albin New Albin Butter Stock GC
319 Lansing New Albin Creamery Co. New Albin Creamery
Co.
New Albin Lansing Butter Stock GC
320 Lycurgus Lycurgus Creamery G.L. Hubbell, Sec'y Waukon Waukon Butter Stock GC
321 New Albin New Albin Creamery Co. New Albin Creamery
Co.
Decorah New Albin Butter Stock GC
60 Postville Postville Farmers' Co-op Ellison Orr, Sec'y Postville Postville Butter Co-op S
323 Quandahl Arctic Spring Creamery J.D. Johnson Quandahl Spring Grove, Minn. Butter Ind. GC
324 Village Creek Village Creek New Albin Creamery
Co.
New Albin Lansing Butter Stock GC
136 Volney Ossian Creamery Co. A.O. Elvidge & Co. Ossian Volney Butter Stock S & GC
325 Waterville Farmers Co-op Creamery
& Commercial Co.
A. Asleson, Sec'y Waterville Waterville Butter Co-op GC
152 Waukon Ludlow Co-op Creamery Co. A.G. Winter, Sec'y Waukon Waukon Butter Co-op S
39 Waukon Oak Leaf Creamery G.L. Hubbell, Sec'y Waukon Waukon Butter Stock S & GC

~source: Eighth Annual Report of the State Dairy Commissioner to the Governor of the State of Iowa, for the year 1894; F.R. Conaway, state printer, 1895
~extracted by S. Ferrall for Allamakee co. IAGenWeb

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Farmers Waukon Creamery, undated,  from the collection of S. Ferral
Farmers Waukon Creamery, undated

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1906 Allamakee co. Creameries

Office Record No. Creamery Name Name of Proprietor, Secretary or Manager P.O Address of Proprietor, Secretary or Manager Name of Buttermaker Type of Creamery
9 Farmers' Mutual Co-op Creamery Co. Ben Schwarzhoff Dorchester E.F. Monke Co-operative
10 Calhoun Cremery Co.  (Lansing) P.E. O'Donnell Church K.V. Ferris Co-operative
11 Postville Farmers Co-op Creamery Co.  F.H. Welzell Postville Jas. A. Gordon Co-operative
12 Farmers Co-op Creamery & Commercial Co. T.S. Buringrud Waterville F.W. Hessel Co-operative
13 Ludlow Co-op Creamery Co. F.A. Sanderman Waukon W.P. Muth Co-operative
14 Arctic Springs Creamery Association (Quandahl) O.C. Flatberg Spring Grove, Minn. M.E. Bakken Co-operative
15 Farmers Waukon Co-op Creamery Co. J.L. White Waukon Jackson Smith Co-operative
16 New Albin Co-op Creamery Co. R.G. May New Albin E. Rice Co-operative

~source: Twentieth Annual Report of State Dairy Commissioner to the Governor of the State of Iowa for the year 1906, by H.R. Wright, Food & Dairy Commissioner, printed 1907
~extracted by S. Ferrall for Allamakee co. IAGenWeb

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Postville Farmers Co-op Creamery

Farmers Co-Operative Creamery, Postville, undated,  from the collection of S. Ferral
Farmers Co-Operative Creamery, ca 1930
Postville, Iowa


The following lists of milk haulers, creamery officers, meetings, etc. were contributed by Reid R. Johnson unless otherwise credited

1894
The Farmers Creamery Co. elected the following officers at their annual meeting:
President - George Steele
Vice President - Henry Weihe
Secretary - Ellison Orr
Treasurer - John Hart
Directors - Dan McNeil and Chas. Bachtell
~Iowa Volksblatt January 4, 1894

The following named gentleman will haul the milk for the Farmers Co-Operative Creamery for the ensuing year:  
Route No.  1, Will Henderson
Route No.  2, Lem Leet
Route No.  3, R. N. James
Route No.  4, Thos. Folsom
Route No.  5, C. B. Bachtell
Route No.  6, Wright Enyart
Route No.  7, Geo. Cole
Route No.  8, W. D. Standorf
Route No.  9, F. A. Stanley
Route No. 10, R. A. Kennedy
Route No. 11 & 12, Jas. Caswell
Route No. 13, Will Eggert
Route No. 14, F. H. Schultz
Route No. 15, Hans Larson, Jr.
Route No. 16, Hans Larson, Sr.
~Postville Review, Sat. Jan. 27, 1894

1896
At the creamery meeting the following officers were elected for the year. It was proven at this meeting that it costs from 61/2 to 171/2 cents to haul 100 lbs. of milk, according to condition of the roads.
President, Joseph Steel
Secretary, Ellison Orr
Treasurer, John B. Hart
Directors, Chas. H, Krumm and Evan Swenson

1898
The annual meeting of the Postville Farmers creamery was held on Monday and the following were elected officers:
President - Henry Webb
Vice President - John Winkowitsch
Secretary - F. H. Welzel
Treasurer - John Hart
Directors for three years - Ellison Orr and B. F. Schroeder
~Iowa Volksblatt January 7, 1898

1899
Following is the list of milk haulers for the local creamery and price paid each per hundred pounds of milk hauled:
Route 1, W. A. Henderson, 8 1/2 c.
Route 2, F. C. Kamps, 8 c.
Route 3, Nile Coats, 9 c.
Route 4, D. W. Bray, 11 1/2 c.
Route 5, J. M. Ewing, 9 c.
Route 6, J. Schnuell 18 3/4 c.
Route 7, Carl Kohrs, 9 c
Route 8, Carl Dreier, 9 1/2 c.
Route 9, F. A. Stanley, 5 1/4 c.
Route 10, John Warnholz, 11 1/4 c.
Route 11, William Fischer, 8 c.
Route 12, John Petri, 14 3/4 c.
Route 13, C. C. Schroeder, 14 c.
Route 14, N. Ellingson, 13 1/2 c.
Route 15, M. Fleming, 15 c.
Route 16, N. Lingaas, 14 c.
~Iowa Volksblatt, January 27, 1899

1913
At the Postville Farmers Creamery meeting Monday the following officers were elected. The creamery has enjoyed a very successful season, having sold 450,927 pounds of butter for $129,598.99, which is twelve thousand dollars better than last year, although the output was about 8,000 pounds less.
President - J. R. Laughlin
Vice President - Wm. Harris
Secretary - J. W. Campbell
Treasurer - G. W. Harris
Directors for three years - Charles Huebner and F. H. Brandt
~Postville Review, Friday, January 10, 1913

1914
The annual meeting of the stockholders of the Postville Farmers Co-Operative Creamery Co. was held at Turner Hall Monday afternoon and was largely attended. Everything was harmonious. The Secretary's report showed the factory had done the largest year's business in the history of the factory, the gross receipts being $144,804.49. The meeting was called to order by Vice President William Harris, after which the annual reports of Secretary Campbell and Treasurer George W. Harris were read and accepted, after which the following officers were elected for the ensuing year:
President J. R. Laughlin
Vice President Wm. Harris
Secretary Geo. W. Fay
Treasurer Geo. W. Harris
Directors for three years Charles M. Kerr and Warner Harris
~Postville Herald, Friday, January 9, 1914

1920
The annual meeting of the stockholders of the Postville Farmers Co-Operative Creamery Co. was held on Monday afternoon of this week and was well attended. The annual report of Secretary Sander showed the creamery had the largest year's business in it's history. Following the reading of the report the election of officers took place with the result that the old gang were re-elected with the exception of the last named director, to-wit:
President - Chas H. Huebner
Vice-President - Wm. Harris
Secretary - Carl C. Sander
Treasurer - Col. Geo. Waters
Directors - C. M. Kerr, W. H. Hein
~Postville Herald, Fri., January 9, 1920

1922
At the annual meeting of the shareholders of the Postville Farmers Co-Operative Creamery, held on Monday, the affairs of the company's factory were found to be in a most prosperous condition. The following officers were elected:
President, Chas. Huebner
Vice President, Wm. Harris
Secretary, Harold Hangartner
Treasurer, Carl G. Welzel
Directors, Geo. Schultz and Fred Brandt
~Postville Herald, Thur., Jan. 5, 1922

1930
That the Postville Farmers Creamery is still going stong is evidenced by the fact that forty-three of the patrons pulled down checks for $100 and over during the month of March.

Patron Amount Patron Amount
H.N. Turner $445.13 Alvin Meyer $138.94
Caldow Bros. $341.40 Fred Everman $138.86
Ed Gass $310.94 Will Koenig $136.61
M.C. Deering & Son $305.14 C.C. Meyer $130.01
Ross Koth $260.35 K.J. Kerr $127.67
Ed Schlee $227.00 Art Schroeder $127.38
Ernest Groth & Son $197.08 John Dyke $126.89
F.L. Williams $190. 60 Ed McNeil $125.05
Art Foels $177.57 Will Everman $122.83
Christofferson & Marston $170.56 Mrs. B. Brainard estate $122.79
E.T. Paulson $161.29 Ben Erickson $120.62
J.C. Weihe $160. 14 Henry Larson $114.59
Fred Kneeskern $158.83 Schultz & Schroeder $112.75
Tom Monroe $158.79 W.H. Meyer $111.72
Mrs. C.H. Schroeder $157.19 Cevert Meyer $109.42
Will Schwinefus $155.55 H.C. Meyer $108.11
Warner Harris $154.48 L.H. Lenth $104.09
S.A. Green & Son $147.02 E.H. Brandt $102.37
Ervin Dickman $144.60 Frank Lawson $101.22
Albert Foels $148.25 Ira Smith $100.90
Kamp & Schroeder $141.45 Huebner & Webster $100.65
    Lawrence Welzel $100.57

~Postville Herald, May 1, 1930 ~contributed by S. Ferrall

1937
Stockholders of the Postville Farmers Co-Operative Society met in annual session at Turner Hall Tuesday afternoon and heard the report of their agent, Carl C. Sander, which showed them that their company had enjoyed one of the most prosperous years since its existence. The increase in sales over 1935 amounted to $85,000., all branches of the business showing a substantial increase and this prompted the stockholders to vote a six per cent dividend on the capital stock of the corporation. The following officers were elected for the coming year, all of them succeeding themselves excepting W. F. Baltz who was elected to succeed Wilbert Wilke:
President - F. W. Benjegerdes
Vice President - S. A. Green
Secretary - E. C. Marston
Treasurer - E. W. Green
Directors - H. C. Meyer, W. M. Harris, and Wm. F. Baltz. The holdover directors are: Elmer McMartin, J. A. Schroeder, Frank F. Hangartner, Frank Reinhardt, Lee B. Folsom and John Backhaus
~Postville Herald
, Thursday, February 11, 1937

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Calhoun Co-operative creamery, Church, Iowa

Creamery, Church, Iowa; undated
Creamery, Church, Iowa; undated
source: Allamakee Journal, Lansing, Iowa - contributed by Errin Wilker

At the annual meeting of the Calhoun Co-operative creamery's stockholders, William Thompson was elected to succeed himself for a term of three years, and Ole Orness to succeed Andrew Laughlin. Other members of the board are Harry Lenz, Joe Weipert and O.E. Buntrock. Milton Wilde and Willard Marti were hired as buttermakers, the latter to do the secretarial work. The reports showed a total of $177,367.30 of business transacted during the past year. A total of 533,798 pounds of butter were made. The creamery was organized in 1896 and re-built in 1925. It is located at Church.
~LaCrosse Tribune, February 3, 1938
~contributed by S. Ferrall

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