Saturday, December 23, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: December 23

December 23, 1908 – Many families in Minneapolis will be without their usual amount of milk tomorrow as the result of a crusade headed by Milk Inspector W. D. McCall this afternoon when 630 gallons of milk consigned to the Minneapolis Milk Company by the Northfield Creamery Company were dumped into the sewer.

The action was taken because the Northfield Creamery Company has failed to have its herds of cows inspected as required by state law. The Minneapolis Milk Company, wishing to have pure milk, conferred with Health Commissioner P. M. Hall three weeks ago relative to the Northfield concern promised to take the matter up at the meeting of stockholders the first of the year.

Dr. Hall and Inspector McCall became impatient, however, and today when wagons of the Minneapolis Milk Company, loaded down with Northfield milk, were proceeding through the streets, Inspector McCall called a halt. This was at Third Ave. South and Second Street. Sixty-three cans, each holding 10 gallons of milk, were taken from the wagons and one by one opened and the contents poured into the sewer.

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The operation took over an hour, during which time a crowd of a hundred or more persons watched the performance.

The Minneapolis Tribune; “Great Loads of Milk Poured Into Sewer. Milk Inspector McCall Destroys 630 Gallons of Lacteal Fluid. Failure of Company to Have Cows Inspected Cause of Action; Dec. 24, 1908; p. 7.


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