Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | January 5, 2015

Artifact of the Week – Cornwall’s East Side Dairy


Cornwall’s East Side Dairy Company was located at 35 Race Street at Bergin from 1915 to 1970.  It became a subsidiary of Clark Dairy in 1966 and became known as Clark Dairy until it closed around 1975.

The dairy was opened by George and William Hollister in 1915 and became a limited Company in 1930 when a group of area milk producers purchased it.  R.J. Brown was president, W.C. Robertson, vice-president, George M. Brown, secretary-treasurer, George A. Speers, Alvin Eastman, and W.G. Brown served as directors.

scan0003           Milkman George Dumoulin and his son Pierre and horse Ruby pose with an East Side Dairy horse-drawn delivery wagon.  Wagon delivery ended in 1962.

Archie Lavigne wrote “The motto was ‘Service With A Smile,’ and they certainly lived up to it.  Besides the milk business the dairy had an excellent butter trade which was manufactured by Ralph Coleman…One segment if their trade was made up of supplying the ships passing through Cornwall Canal.  Their location (just north of the Canal’s entrance) gave ideal service and the ships were catered to on a 24 hour basis.”

“Several employees worked at the dairy for many years, some as long as 35 years.  J.E. ‘Jim’ Robertson remained with Clark and gave over 40 years service to the dairy industry…”

scan0004        Ernie Woods stands beside his new 1955 Chevrolet milk truck.

“You could have called the East Side Dairy a family business.  Here a few families who were involved.  The late Clifford Arthur and three sons – Charlie, John, Gordon (Bud); the late Xavier Bealiau and two of his sons – Lucien and Bernard; Anson (Hank) Primeau and his son’s Stewart and Ronnie; Ray Hart and his son’s Ray Jr. and Harold; George M. Brown and his nephew;s, James and Hugh; the late Ralph Coleman and his son Lester; the late Harry Murock and his son Carl; Eddy M. Warner and his sons Douglas; the late Archie C. MacDonald and his son’s, Ted and Angus.”


scan0010        When the Dairy closed it was aluminum sided and became a computer store for a while and home for the Army, Navy, Air Force Club.  The building is still standing.

With home delivery becoming a thing of the past and increased competition the Dairy was sold to Clark Dairy Ltd. of Ottawa around 1966 and started using its “peace-tower” logo.

scan0007        Clear East Side Dairy bottle, 25.5 cm tall.  The Dairy’s bottles are distinguished by an embossed “E” on the base.  Bottles of the same volume may vary slightly in size and shape.

scan0011 Clear pint embossed bottle for the CORNWALL MILK BOTTLE ASSOCATION STORE BOTTLE.  I believe this bottle to be from the 1940s, but have not been able to find anything else about it, if you can help, please email.


An amber stubby Molson Export Pint bottle with the Cornwall Bicentennial (1984) logo.  Molson offered to advertise Cornwall’s Bicentennial on their bottles free of charge.  They claimed that 6 million of these bottles in cases bearing the logo also were released.

The interesting point about the logo is that is does not illustrate the Cornwall Bridge, but the American south span.  I was on the Bicentennial selection committee and even today do not understand how we came to select the American Bridge to identify Cornwall!

Dairy of A.J. McGillis, Glen Walter.  Original grammar and spelling maintained.

Dec. 26, 1909 – visitors this evening.

Dec. 28 – A. went back home and Peter came down with him.

Dec. 29 – A. went to Cornwall with cutter.  the river froze clear across last night and began to freze Monday morning the 27th not any wind and not cold.

Dec. 30 – killed brown Nellie the cow.  Archie McGillis helped.

Dec. 31 – Alex and Peter went west to J. Adams with hind quarter of beef  weighed 118 pounds got six cents a pound for it came to $7.08.

January 1, 1910 – Mr. and Mrs. Adams came after dinner a fine warm day.

Jan. 2 – rained last night and melted the little snow there was.

Jan. 3 – All hands went to vote the people are voting for local option.  (that is temperance.)

Jan. 4 – Peter went home for a few days.

Jan. 5 – the first heavy snow fall.



  1. My first summer job was at Eastside Dairy in 1952. I remember Jim Robertson.

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