Sunday, September 4, 2016

On This Date in Minnesota History: September 4

September 4, 1906 – Matt Sondergaard of Hutchinson, Minn., is the champion buttermaker of the United States, and Minn. has again justified her claims as the greatest butter state in the union. Awards at the Minn. State Fair today place Minn. buttermakers in a class by themselves, and every one of the nine buttermakers who received a ranking of 97 points or better from the judges is a Minn. man.

In today’s competition for awards at the state fair, more than 450 buttermakers, coming from New Hampshire to Montana, and the showing and rating of the Minn. men is a remarkable tribute to the Minn. butter industry. Not only did the Minn. men win the nine highest awards, but the ranking was unusually high, and Sondergaard’s grading of 98 points is considered a remarkable showing by dairymen in attendance at the fair.

Ollie Olson, Winstad, and James Sorenson, Maple Plain, carried off second honors, with a grading of 97 points. The other seven Minn. buttermakers who finished 97 or better were: James Rasmusson, Erdahl; George A. Holmes, Biscay; John Sohlberg, Easton, with 97-1/2 points; H. E. Schaindell, St. Claire; F. P. Maschke, Sewart, with 97-1/4 points, and Sam Olson of Hector, with 97 points.

The Minneapolis Journal; “Sondergaard Wins. Hutchinson Man the Champion of the United States.”; Sept. 04, 1906; p. 1.


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