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.

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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.

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Promotional sewing kit.

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The dairy was last operated by Camerons.

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