n 1924 a group led by Jack Scanlan, Charles Horihan and Elmer Bakke organized a co-operative, and a building was constructed where the winery is now. The first annual meeting of the Lanesboro Co-operative Creamery was held January 29,1925 at the Lanesboro Theatre.
Local banks gave away a valuable “full blooded dairy bull”, the winner having to be present and own one or more cows. The meeting was well attended, and featured F. L. Farley, a prominent Spring Grove dairyman as speaker. At the 1927 annual meeting patrons reported receiving an improved price for butterfat, and the enterprise was judged a success. In 1927 356,722 lbs. of butter were sold at an average price of 43 1/2 cents/lb.
The average butterfat content of incoming cream was 27%. The position of butter maker was a professional job. The Lanesboro Co-operative Creamery was successful for many years and was an essential and very significant part of the community.
However, in the 1960’s and 1970’s a combination of changes including mandatory bulk milk coolers, altered diet preferences and economies of scale favoring larger and more concentrated dairy units resulted in declining business. In 1970 the Co-operative was sold to Land O’ Lakes. Ed Gatzlaff helped “phase out” until the creamery ceased to exist as such in 1973.
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