Looking Back at the Nemaha County Cooperative Creamery Association

The aerial view of the Nemaha County Cooperative Creamery Association at Sabetha was taken in 1959. The black arrow pointing to the white dotted line indicates the location of the original creamery building erected in 1939, located on the southwest corner of Eighth and Oregon streets. A major part of the vast plant facilities were all contained between Seventh Street on the east, Oregon Street on the north, Eighth Street on the west and Chicago Rock Island Railroad tracks on the south. Once the building between Seventh and Eighth streets was added in the early 1950s for the processing of milk, the business office and main entrance was placed at the northwest corner. Over its lifetime, this entire plant processed nearly 100 million pounds of milk and manufactured over three million pounds of butter annually.


Back in the 1960s at the Nemaha County Cooperative Creamery Association in Sabetha, Kansas, these nine stainless steel-lined tank trucks had a total capacity of 25,000 gallons of milk and traveled over 30,000 miles every month. The four small ones in the foreground were owned by Sabetha residents Merle Mosiman, Jack Stapleton, Raymond Randolph and Clyde Krebs, and purposely operated to pick up milk at the producer’s farms. The tank trailers were used to transport products to the association’s customers, while the truck-tractors were owned and operated by Richard Bestwick of Sabetha. Route delivery trucks not shown in this picture were owned and operated by local residents Luther Clark, Marcellous Ott and Melvin Schuette. This view is looking north on Eighth Street toward its intersection with Oregon Street, and the building surrounded by overhead trees on the northeast corner of the intersection is the former Pilgrim Holiness Church. Information was supplied from the 30 Years of Continuous Progress 1930 to 1960 book.


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