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MEADOW GOLD DAIRY

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Prior to milk being homogenized, cream would rise to the top of the milk. In this bottle, the cream could be spooned out of the creamer top. To remove more, a creamer spoon could be used to block the neck of the bottle next to the milk to allow the cream to be poured off. Photo courtesy: Bob Reding
MEADOW GOLD DAIRY. Late in the 1890s in the Midwest, George E. Haskell and William W. Bosworth lost their jobs with the bankrupt Fremont Butter and Egg Company during the silver panic of 1893. They formed the partnership firm of Haskell and Bosworth with headquarters in Beatrice, Nebraska.

The firm purchased butter, eggs, poultry and produce from local farmers for resale to manufacturers and distributors. Later they began churning their own butter and distributing it to area grocery stores, restaurants and hotels with their own equipment. Incorporating in 1889 as the Beatrice Creamery Company, the firm began financing a program that allowed farmers to buy hand cream separators; reducing frequent trips to distant skimming stations and leaving skim milk on their farm where it was available for feed.

Product Signal. Customers indicated which products they wanted with the "fan" and then inserted the signal in a bottle.
The cold storage warehouse business was a natural early development since refrigeration is necessary for the production and storage of butter. The company's first ice cream plant began operating in Topeka, Kansas in 1907, and its first fluid milk plant was opened in Denver in 1923.

During this same period, another company was creating a name for itself in the dairy industry as well. On November 12, 1901, the U.S. Patent Office granted the Continental Creamery Company of Topeka a trademark for the name 'Meadow Gold". It had been selected by Continental employees through a contest in search for a name to describe the golden quality of their fresh creamery butter. In 1905, Continental and Meadow Gold brand of dairy products joined the Beatrice Creamery family.

Meadow Gold used wagons and horses during WORLD WAR II to deliver milk saving precious gasoline. Photo courtesy: https://www.facebook.com/groups/45737582684/
Within the following thirty-some years, the Meadow Gold name moved West, specifically in Utah where Arden family took on the name to become Arden's Meadow Gold Dairy. Over the years, the dairy name was abbreviated to become simply Meadow Gold Dairies, which remains today.

Borden operations bought out Beatrice ownership of Meadow Gold, creating a nationwide dairy and related products company. Borden's Dairy Division was headquartered in Columbus, Ohio until the fall of 1995, when it was moved to Ogden, Utah.

Effective September 4, 1997, Meadow Gold Dairies was acquired by the Southern Food Group, headquartered in Dallas, Texas. Southern Foods Group is a leading manufacturer of dairy products in the Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi markets.

The 1955 through 1968 Dubuque City Directory listed the address as 2167 Central.

The 1977 Dubuque City Directory listed Highway 20 West.

The 1993 Dubuque City Directory listed 8 Main.