Dairy near Lake Wawasee was well known

Some may remember a time when milk was still delivered door to door and placed in a crate on the porch. Today, of course, we go to a grocery store or somewhere else to get milk out of a cooler. In 1920, Willmet A. Jones started a dairy on a farm he had purchased in 1919 east of Lake Wawasee on what is now County Road 775E in Kosciusko County. Although it is probably more common for dairy cows to be raised on a dairy farm, Jones only had a few cows on his property. Instead, most of the milk was obtained from nearby farmers and placed in cans. It was then processed, pasteurized, bottled and capped at W.A. Jones & Sons Dairy. Bottles were then loaded on trucks and delivered to residences around the lake and also into Syracuse and Cromwell. Deliveries were also made to hotels, grocery stores and other sites on the weekends. Other products besides milk were produced including whipping cream, coffee cream, butter, cottage cheese, chocolate milk and an orange drink. Warsaw-based Crystal Dairy purchased the dairy in 1952 and moved the operations to Warsaw, thereby ending a 32 year run of a well known local dairy. Now the property is a ranch for boarding horses and a few remnants of the old dairy remain including the original barn, a well, a garage and the house.

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Original barn on the former W.A. Jones & Sons Dairy.

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My name is Tim Ashley and I am a newspaper editor/reporter/photographer in Milford, Indiana, and live in nearby Goshen, Indiana. A deeply held and sincere passion of mine is history and learning from the past. I enjoy a wide variety of history topics, but particularly local history, noted American highways (Lincoln Highway and Route 66), railroad history and the Civil War. I believe we can learn much from the past and that past shapes who we are today. I also enjoy visiting museums and historical sites, as well as taking photos of remnants from the past still standing.
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