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On the Porch

June 21, 2014
By Jennifer Andries - Lyon County Historical Society & Museum executive director , Marshall Independent

Even as late as the 1940s and early 1950s, nearly every farmer was producing their own dairy products. Farmers separated the cream from the milk by using a DeLaval, or another such cream separator. The cream was put into large cream cans, and the extra milk was mixed with ground grain and fed to the livestock. Before electricity, the only method of keeping the cream sweet was by cold well water running through a cooling and on to the stock tank, so it was necessary to have the cream churned as soon as possible.



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