Buffalo in 1910: ‘Furnishing Buffalo with the finest milk in the world’

By Steve Cichon
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Imagine just-harvested milk sitting in barrels on farms, loaded onto uncovered carts to be taken to the hot boxcars of the nearest train.

That’s how milk was served in Buffalo 110 years ago, and it’s no wonder that such milk served as a breeding ground for strep, diphtheria, scarlet fever and other maladies.

While the new procedures implemented to keep milk a bit cooler hardly seem like enough by today’s standards, they were big advances in providing the city with healthier milk.

From July 10, 1910:

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Steve Cichon

Steve Cichon writes about Buffalo’s pop culture history. His stories of Buffalo's past have appeared more than 1600 times in The Buffalo News. He's a proud Buffalonian helping the world experience the city he loves. Since the earliest days of the internet, Cichon's been creating content celebrating the people, places, and ideas that make Buffalo unique and special. The 25-year veteran of Buffalo radio and television has written five books and curates The Buffalo Stories Archives-- hundreds of thousands of books, images, and audio/visual media which tell the stories of who we are in Western New York.