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J. J. Weber's Creamery on South Columbus Street in Galena

Creameries Opened in Many Communities

In 1860, when Louis Pasteur discovered one could kill bacteria in milk by heating it to a hot temperature a process know as pasteurization, it became more effective for farmers to take their milk to creameries rather than process it on the farm.  No longer did each farmer's wife churn butter, processing cottage cheese or pasteurize the milk. Those without the family cow had access to fresh dairy products.

Several creameries served this community.  I know of one in Sunbury, Center Village, ConditCheshire and one in Galena.  These buildings are easily recognized by their long porch which extended out far enough to provide protection to the farmers loading and unloading the big cans of milk.  A shelf the same height as most wagons eased farmers' backs by allowing them to slide the cans onto the ledge rather than lift.  The creamery separated cream from milk,  then made butter with the cream.

Doris Bricker, mother of John Bricker, remembered the Galena's creamery, located on the site of the first sawmill on South Columbus Street.  When she moved to Galena in 1906, the creamery was owned and operated by J. J. Weber.  People went to the creamery with quart buckets which were filled at the rate of seven quarts for twenty five cents.  When it went out of business, Sunshine Feed Store was operated in the building.  Later it became a house and was cleared away with the building of Hoover Dam.  

Doris Fuller Bricker's book, "Welcome to the Village of Galena," is available in Community Library.

Sunbury Co-Operative Creamery took the process a step further but that is a story for another day.

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Center Village Creamery   Condit Creamery   Cheshire Creamery

. . . .And Now You Know
by Polly Horn


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