Monday, March 4, 2019

On This Date in Minnesota History: March 4

March 4, 1918 – Agricultural Agent S. B. Hostetter announced this evening that Duluth babies are being stunted in mind and body because there is not sufficient milk produced in the district to nourish them properly.

An investigation started by his department has revealed that babies are being fed tea and coffee because of the shortage of milk, Hostetter said. He intimates that milkless days will be inaugurated for the adults of the city that the supply may be conserved for the infants.

Milk is now retailing in Duluth for 15 cents a quart with dairymen clamoring for an increase in price. The supply is not nearly equal to the demand, many hundreds of milk cows having been killed last fall because of high feed costs.

The Minneapolis Morning Tribune; “Babies Fed Tea and Coffee at Duluth; Investigation Said to Show That Children Are Being Stunted By Lack of Milk.”; March 5, 1918; p. 9.

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