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Elmer, Missouri - Early History
Elmer Creamery Company
(Reprinted from The Elmer JOURNAL, 1910)
This plant was opened in September and has been a success from the word go. It is strongly officered, has a solid board of directors and a manager who is a butter maker from the ground floor up. This factory is now turning out 1500 pounds of A1 butter each week which commands top prices on the market.
When the Company was being organized, the writer was very much awed at the remarks and comparisons made with the plan that Creameries were formerly conducted upon. The speakers evidently thought that there could be nothing but failure in the attempt, but the stock was sold and the plant build, first class machinery installed, a competent manager (Mr. B. M. Campbell) secured and everything done in a business manner and the result is the success which the gritty stockholders so well merit. The JOURNAL prides itself upon the fact that it stood for the Creamery from the very start and advocated the buying of Separators and the hauling of cream instead of milk. The farmers were impressed with the idea and Elmer has a concern that enables the farmer to sell his cream for more than he can get for his butter, and saving a world of work and worry for the good wife at home. It has been exemplified that a Butter Factory run along right lines will pay. Elmer has such a factory and is proud of it and all the stockholders has to do is stay with it and see that the factory is supplied with plenty of butter fat. They have the machinery to produce the manufactured product which will always command a good price. The officers of this institution are as follows and right here allow us to say, that after each name may be written with perfect confidence, honesty and integrity, T. L. Freed, President, O. W. Howe, V-P, A. F. Smith, Sec'y and Treas.
Directors: J. W. Williams, James Johnson, W. W. Howe, G. W. Anspaugh, C. C. Neet, T. L. Freed and A. F. Smith. With such a corps of good men everyone should sell butter fat and enrich their own coffers as well and help to complete the success already inaugurated. Such enterprises build up a town and provide a market for the men who the town depends upon.