Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | January 15, 2014

Artifact of the Week. Cornwall’s Rivermead Dairy.

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Cornwall’s Rivermead Dairy was founded by Scottish born and trained dairyman James Ross and Roy Mabee in 1929.  It closed in 1979.

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Clear embossed Rivermead Dairy pint bottle.

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The letters “RR” are embossed on the base of the above Rivermead Dairy bottle.

scan0056Ross related in 1975 that “When they began business…milk delivered to the door cost 8 cents a quart, the farmer received $1.45 for 100 pounds of milk.  Today a quart of milk delivered costs 58 cents and the farmer receives $12.01 per 100 pounds.  Butter was selling for 19 cents a pound.  Milk was delivered seven days a week and the delivery man received $25 for his week’s work.


A Rivermead Dairy delivery truck making its round along 2nd St. East, Cornwall, 1939.  The scan is not off kilter, the original photograph was developed at this angle.


Promotional sewing kit.


The dairy was last operated by Camerons.

©Cornwall Community Museum

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