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Dateline Cowichan: Creamery dedicated to the cow in Cowichan

The Cowichan Creamery - courtesy Cowichan Valley Museum and Archive
The Cowichan Creamery
— image credit: courtesy Cowichan Valley Museum and Archive

At least one devastating fire at its plant on the corner of Coronation Avenue and Duncan Street had rocked the Cowichan Creamery Association before its 60th birthday.

That fire was in 1946 when passers-by three days later could still hear cans popping from the heat. But in February 1956, members and guests radiated pride and contentment during the group’s diamond anniversary annual general meeting.

Among the well-wishers was 90-year-old Jim Campbell, one of the original shareholders of the creamery. Also on hand were Robert Strachan, MLA Cowichan-Newcastle; William McGillvray, deputy minister of agriculture; Loyd Noble, secretary of the cooperative movement of BC; Maj-Gen. C. A. P Murison, reeve of North Cowichan; and Duncan’s mayor Jack Dobson. “May your association go from strength to strength and, above all, keep the “Cow” in Cowichan,” said Murison.

“…if the turnover of the creamery was known to the people, they would…realize what a potent force farming is,” said Dobson.

Manager Hamish Mutter assessed the association’s assets at $95,939 and warned of future changes. Increased demand for milk in paper cartons only supplied by dairies outside the district threatened the valley’s smaller producers.

1956: produce

Duncan’s T. Kilpatrick and N. Strandberg were among the managers and senior clerks of Overwaitea Limited stores who met in Duncan for an instructional course in merchandizing fresh fruits and vegetables.

1956: recreation

North Cowichan Reeve C. A. P. Murison was opposed to public ownership of the planned new community centre. However, Duncan Mayor Jack Dobson thought recreational facilities should be operated for the community, by the community.

1956: construction

A Royal Bank concrete building was under construction at the corner of Trunk and St. Julian. At the corner of Ypres and Trunk, Brownsey and Sons were building Hirst’s Funeral Chapel at a cost of $18,000, not including plumbing, electrical, painting and heating.

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