'JAUNTS WITH JAMIE'


| September/October 1957



FAMOUS NAME IN PORTAGE COUNTY

Wisconsin is 'Dairy Land'. In our moving, a lot of material got disca-bobulated and now we don't know Who sent us this article nor who 'Jamie' is but the article is worthwhile, historical and interesting, and we are sure will be of great interest to many of our readers. The man who sent it will tell us about our carelessness.-Elmer.

WHO AMONG our readers remembers driving along Wisconsin roads in the early 1900's and hearing insistent blasts of steam whistles?

Not to be confused with the easily identifiable train whistles, these whistles were distinctive, each having its own personality to the initialed. They were the whistles of the creameries, urging tardy farmers to hurry up with their cream.

The weary farmers, like the day, not quite yet awake, would slap the reins on their horses' backs and gid-dap them into a trot in order to get to the creamery before the day's churning began.

And if the roads were rough and rutty, which most of them were, the cream would be partly churned by the time they arrived. This is merely a city man's' conjecture, but we don't think we are too far from fact.