Saturday, January 02, 2010

Astoria Milk Dealers

I often write on agricultural and historical items which landed one reader here. She sent me some photos of some milk bottles that were found on her parent’s property. She asked if there were some sort of dairy cooperative here. All I know is that I used to buy Seppa Farm milk at Sentry and now I see they sell to Tillamook. There used to be at least ten dairies in the Lewis and Clark Valley alone, and I doubt there were runs to Tillamook every day back then.

So what can you locals tell us about the old creamery association (Astoria Milk Dealers)and bottling plant? Where was it? When did it close?


Blogger darev2005 said...

Well, I did a quick internet search and found nothing. If you were here, my partner BG could tell you all about the local dairies. You need to find a local history nut. Look for an antique shop or flea market run by older folks. And hang on to that bottle. There might not be any of them left!

8:28 AM  
Anonymous F. Lee said...

That building on Duane 'tween 8th & 9th was a dairy processing/storage point-I think it was built late '40s or early '50s...where there was processing before that I dunno- There's a great story about some American Legoinaires burning down a Red Finn dairy Co-op right after WWI..Russ Earl's folks were dairy was the Rieth family-Art Rieth is still around-so is his sister, Jeanyse Snow-bet they're wellsprings of local dairy lore.

9:12 AM  
Blogger Shelly Rayedeane said...

I don't tend to like milk too much but those bottles look cool!

11:53 AM  
Anonymous cb said...

I will find out. I know before the Walluski bridge was built my great-uncle Fred would boat his milk down to where Tide Point grocery store is now. The Bartoldus' had a small dairy. As far as I can remember from my dad's stories it wasn't that big and was only one generation. Dad's in Japan so can't ask him right now. I will check around with cousins. They are ALOT older than me and maybe have more stories.

2:27 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Darev, out of all the agriculture history, dairy history is the most difficult to track down, for me at least.

F. Lee, thanks man, I was counting on you showing up here for this.

Shelly, I have three of them from my home town and I actually use them from time to time when we have guests. I wish I could find the proper cap with the proper pog on it.

CB, thanks. Really interesting about the boat. How old is the bridge? Was there ever a ferry?

6:21 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I know of a spot toward the fairgrounds in Astoria where I found many bottles including a quart and two half pint clear glass Astoria milk dealers milk bottles, they are my prize set. certain tides uncover these relics back in the day I think it was a park and people just threw their trash in the bay is been a few years since ive been down there gonna go hunt for some more treasures soon

7:38 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

People were and continue to be slobs. This is only good for archaeologists.

8:12 AM  

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