Don and Lolane wintered each winter in St. George relishing their time together with family and seeking yard sales.
Here is a history of Pet milk published in the Northside Journal in Jerome, Idaho. It provides some history of Pet Milk, aka Sego Milk. They also had a plant in Richmond, Utah, which is where my Grandfather, Norwood Jonas worked until it closed about 1967.
Pet Evaporated Milk
Compiled by Earl Gilmartin
Condensed History Pet Evaporated Milk Corporation
1885- It started with an idea of canning as a preservative in the small town of Highland, Illinois. After a $15,000 investment the Helvetia Milk Condensing Company was born (later to be renamed PET).
1895 – After overcoming a number of growing pains, more than half the company’s sales were in the West. The “Our PET” trademark is registered and becomes the official name for the company’s leading brand.
1898 – “Our PET” helps supply Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders and other.
American fighting troops with a safe and convenient source of milk in Spanish-American War. At war’s end, the troops scattered home across the U.S. and many, remembering the high quality milk, brought it home to their families.
1914 – Once again, the U.S. government places large orders of PET to supply U.S. troops fighting overseas in World War I.
1929 – In the midst of the Great Depression PET becomes an important staple to American families and is able to expand its service to consumers with the creation of original recipes using PET products.
1941 – Again, PET is called upon to supply GIs fighting in World War II, as well as the citizens at home. More recipes, specifically designed with rationing limitations in mind are created to help families get a wholesome diet.
1950 – the combination of post-war prosperity and a baby boom result in more cans of PET Milk being sold than any other time in company’s 65-year history. PET also establishes its own test kitchens to develop and test new products and recipes.
1966 – PET began making “better for you” products including a Skimmed Milk and a 99% Fat Free Evaporated Skim Milk.
Today – PET Evaporated Milk continues to be a staple in millions of homes and is used in many different homes and is used in many different recipes, from main dishes, to soups, desserts and more.
We invite you to try the recipes on this site to create sensational food for your family!
Early History Pet Evaporated Milk
John Baptist Meyenberg (1847-1914) was an operator at the Anglo-Swiss milk condenser at Cham, Switzerland. Anglo-Swiss made sweetened condensed milk.
From 1866 through 1883, Meyenberg experimented with preservation of milk without the use of sugar. He discovered that condensed milk would last longer if heated to 120 C (248 F) in a sealed container, and hence could be preserved without adding sugar. When Anglo-Swiss declined to implement Meyenberg’s work, he resigned from the company and emigrated to the United States. John Meyenbert first moved to St. Louis, but soon transferred to Highland, Illinois , due to its large Swiss population. On 25 November 1884, U.S. Patents 308,421 (Apparatus for Preserving Milk) and 308,422 (Process for Preserving Milk) were issued to Meyenberg. Meyenburg associated with various local merchants, including John Wildi, Louis Latzer, Dr. Knoebel, George Roth and Fred Kaeser and, on February 14, 1885, organized the Helvetia Milk Condensing Company. In 1899, Meyenberg assisted Elbridge Amos Stuart in producing Carnation Evaporated Milk.
John Wildi was instrumental in marketing the product nationally and internationally, especially in areas where fresh milk or refrigeration were scarce. In 1895, the company registered the Pet trademark.
The Sterling company of Twin Falls leases the Buhl Creamery facility for one year. TFTN 11-11-1911
A transaction of importance to the dairymen of Buhl county was consummated on Saturday afternoon of last week when the Sterling Creamery Co of Twin Falls, secured by lease for a period of one year, the plant, business and good will of the Buhl Creamery, Milk Condensing, Cheese Manufacturing company of this city. The consideration was highly satisfactory and most remunerative to the local company, guaranteeing, as it does, a substantial market, paying a liberal consideration for the business and being in effect for a period of only one year.
Early History Pet Evaporated Milk
During the Spanish-American and First World wars, the U.S. government ordered huge supplies of evaporated milk, spurring Helvetia to build a second plant in Greenville, Illinois. By 1918 the company had a total of ten production sites in the Midwest, Pennsylvania, and Colorado. As World War I ended, Helvetia closed plants due to oversupply, reluctantly pulling out of western markets. Latzer sold the excess milk to St. Louis businessmen, who turned to him in 1920 when a strike by the local milk producers association limited the brokers’ supplies. The St. Louis strikers also convinced the Highland area farmers to strike, however , and Latzer was forced to close the plant.
By early 1921, Latzer’s son John ran Helvetia from its reestablied headquarters in nearby St. Louis. In 1923, Helvetica was renamed Pet Milk Company, after its best-selling evaporated milk brand.
Health & Home TFTN 7-3-1925
Many people are wont to confuse evaporated and condensed milk, but there is no similarity between the two. Condensed milk is a combination of sugar and milk and can be used only when both of these substances are desired. Evaporated milk is with about sixty per cent of the water removed and the nutrients content left intact.
Pet evaporated milk manufactured in Buhl, & other locations in the United States at the turn of the century.
Six Tons of Milk Received each day by Buhl Dairy Plant
TFDaily News 10-29-1927
About 12,000 lb of milk per day is being received at the Sego condenser which when evaporated makes 5760 tall cans. The product is being stored for the present at the plant.
Pet Milk became traded on the NY Stock exchange 1928
Funding Universe Our Dairy Industry TFIT 6-11-1929 aka Twin Falls Idaho Times
The phenomenal increase in dairying in Idaho is vividly set forth by figures just made public by Idaho Chamber of Commerce in its organization publication for June. Evaporated milk production in 1928 was 1,585,000 lbs, a gain of more then 4,000,000 lbs over 1927.
Employment for Additional 20 Seen; Better Times Indicated
TFIT 5-23-1933 aka Twin Falls Idaho Times
J Frank Smith field director and former manager of the Buhl plant, with E G Meyer production manager, have been supervising the overhauling of the machinery preparatory to opening the condensery. Floyd Englen, local manger, stated about 20 persons will be added to the pay roll.
The opening of the Buhl plant in addition to furnishing added employment will also serve as an outlet for the West End dairy products.
Pet Milk bought Sego Milk Products out of Salt Lake city in 1925, to expand it’s market.
Pet Evaporated Milk Peaked in 1950.
After World War II Pet Milk began a slight movement into other markets. The company became the first to offer nonfat dry milk, and advance over the powdered milk developed in the 1920s. Sales soared due to the post-war baby boom, making 1950 the all-time-high sales year for Pet Evaporated Milk. Soon thereafter, fresh milk became readily available, however, and sales began a steady decline.
Pet Evaporated Milk diversifies in 1960’s
Through restructuring, Pet Milk corporate reduced committee numbers, initiated a profit-centered divisional structure, and recruited marketing professionals. The company also planned new product development to wean itself from the declining milk market (as late as 1960, 95 percent of Pet Milk sales were in dairy products). By the early 1960s, diversification had begun in earnest.
Another of Pet Milk’s successful products at this time was Sego Liquid Diet Food, introduced in 1961. After competitors had opened up a market, Pet Milk brought in its own version, a thicker, high-protein drink available in variety of flavors. By 1965 Sego brought in $22 million to the company’s Milk Products Division sales.
In 1966, in order to reflect its enlarged and diversified product line, Pet Milk changed its name to Pet Incorporated.
Funding for these acquisitions came largely from a special credit Pet obtained through the sale of its portion of General Milk Co., a joint venture
Buhl Evaporated Milk to Close (1995 TFTN)
The bulk of this article is based on TFTN articles.
Buhl’s evaporated milk plant – which has provided Magic Valley jobs for 68 years will close June 20. Pillsbury Co executives told 64 workers Thursday morning that they’re shutting the plant which produces evaporated milk as a cost saving measure.
That means 300,000 fewer gallons of milk will be passing through Buhl each day. And a plant that each day produced 5000 cases of canned milk will be vacant. Eventually, the plant will be sold.
Evaporated milk production will shift to a company cannery in Greeneville, TN. But chances are slim that displaced workers will get to follow their jobs back East.
1910 -COMING TO AMERICA, written by Frieda and Clara Andra
The story of the Andra Family Coming to America written by sisters Frieda and Clara Andra, compiled by Deanne Yancey Driscoll.
Frieda begins: “My story begins in the Old Country – in Germany. My father, Friedrich Theodor Andra, died November 23, 1902 in Meissen, Sachsen, Germany. Mother, Wilhelmine Christina Knauke Andra, was left with five children, ranging in age from six months to nine years. The children’s names were: Frieda Minna, Walter Theodor, William Friedrich, Clara Anna and Otto Carl. My poor Mother had to struggle to support us. She did small jobs at home and we children helped. I worked here and there to help along.
Clara wrote, “In 1905, my oldest brother (Walter) who was twelve worked where ever he could to earn some money to help mother.”
Clara wrote the following about their conversion to the Mormon Church, “The blueberries were ripening, and we always picked buckets of them to sell. So, on one of these outings, mother met a family by the name of Boettcher, she started to tell Mother about a new religion they had joined. She invited Mother to one of the meetings. It was the beginning of a wonderful new life for Mother and us children, as the next year we met many new friends. Mother loved this new church and its teachings. It was a wonderful good way to live.”
Frieda also wrote her memories of their conversion: “Three years later, while we were in the forest picking berries, Mother met a lady named Mrs. Boettcher. Mrs Boettcher told her about some Mormon Missionaries who were holding some meetings. So Mother began attending the meetings. One by one we all joined the church. Years later, after we were all baptized, Mother invited the missionaries to our house. She fed them and let them hold their meetings there. However, the Lutheran pastor didn’t like it, particularly because Mother was a widow and he gave her a very hard time.”
Frieda continues her story: “In 1909, the Boettcher family decided to go to America. Mother asked them if they would take her son, Willie. (Bill was young and he could go for a cheaper fare.) They agreed to do this. Mother gave them the money for Willie. When they arrived in Salt Lake City, they attended the German Meeting in the Assembly Hall. After they had been in America half a year, they sent Willie to do farm work for a man they had met at the German meeting. They didn’t even know where the farm was nor did they care.”
“When they wrote to Mother, they said Willie was lost. When Mother told the people in Germany that her son was lost in America, they called her names and told her she was wicked to have let him go. But all the time God knew where Willie was. He was opening the way for us to go America. Mother prayed to our Father in Heaven for her son’s safety and that she might be able to find him again. Her boss, Conrad Zinke, sent telegrams trying to locate Willie but was unsuccessful. One morning Mother was on her way to work when a light shone about her and she heard a voice say, “Go to America.” When she told her boss, he said he would be glad to help her all he could. When he asked her if she had any money, she answered ‘Very little.’ He was so kind. He sent a man over to help pack, and get the tickets, and get the money he’d given them exchanged for American currency. They gave us a big going away party in their villa. The farewell dinner was held in the most beautiful room. They cried and hugged us as they said good-by. Our friends gave Mother the rest of the money she needed to make the trip. Even my boyfriend Paul contributed. Grandmother Wilhelmine Richter Knauke and Aunt Augusta were at the depot to bid us farewell. They really thought Mother was foolish for going to America. They didn’t realize my Mother had been inspired to go. She knew God would guide her if she was faithful. God in Heaven surely did guide us all the way to America. Glory be to him in the highest for all the wonderful blessings we have enjoyed.” (Otto left for America on the 5th of May in 1910. He was 7 years old and would turn 8 on the voyage.)
William Fredrick Andra wrote: “I was born on Feb 11, 1898, in Meissen, Saxony, Germany to Wilhelmina and Theodor F. Andra. My father died when I was about four years old. I was baptized in the Elbe River in April 1909 and came to the United States the following month of May. I left at the age of eleven, one year ahead of the same boat, but were for some reason delayed a month. The boat that they (his family) had intended to take sank in mid-ocean.“The Lord moves in mysterious ways, his wonders to perform!”
Frieda continued: “We left for America on the 5th of May in 1910. We traveled by train to Bremerhaven, Germany. There we boarded a steamer: The North Deutcher Loyd. For two weeks I was terribly seasick. When we reached Philadelphia, the rock salt was unloaded. Everybody was very kind to us there and people gave us money. The cook, who had become a good friend of mine, bought me a ring but my sister Clara insisted she wanted it, so I got the locket he had bought for her. Then we traveled to Galveston, Texas. When we arrived there, we freshened up and my friend, the cook, showed us the town. He bought us some bananas, which we had never eaten before. We swallowed the chewing gum whole, as it was also strange to us, and then we all got stomach aches. We certainly enjoyed the cook. He was always kind to us and saw that we had good food to eat. Another fellow gave us a cake. When our train was due, we had to say good-bye to these fine friends. It was quite rough on the train. We couldn’t talk much so we enjoyed the scenery. Many funny things happened.“
Dad continues to go through more items he has from Grandpa’s death (Milo James Ross). One of the seemingly random items is this diploma for Theodore Bourls Stem. It is a high school Diploma for him from DuBois High School in DuBois, Clearfield, Pennsylvania. Dad does not have any idea why Grandpa would have this Diploma, if he knew Theodore Stem, or just picked it up at a yard sale or somewhere else. We will not likely ever know. I have tried reaching out to some Stem’s across the country. Hopefully we can track down some of Theodore’s family. I believe this Theodore Stem went on to become a Doctor but am struggling to find some definitive answers. It may be that his son has the same name and is also a doctor. Hopefully I can update this post later with some updates.
Dad has continued to go through the items Grandpa and Grandma Ross left behind. Here is a photo that unfortunately is likely lost to the past. We are not sure why Grandpa and Grandma had it in their collection. It could be an ancestor but it might simply be a flea market find.
Frankly, I cannot even tell for certain what the top of the photo is supposed to say. Either way, there is the lady and the child in the bottom right corner.
The back of the photograph has “L. Whittling, Photographer, Cochranton, PA.” written on the back. It also indicates “Presented to A Sawford” For those interested, the back of the photo is shared below.
I attempted to find an A Sawford in the Cochranton area but did not immediately turn up anything definitive. The other thing is we do not know if this person is related to Mr. or Ms. Sawford. There is nothing to link Sawford to Cochranton.
One thing I can say, I do not have an ancestral line that came through Pennsylvania. I cannot even find a relative that went to live in Pennsylvania on the Ross, Sharp, Stoker, Donaldson, or Van Leeuwen lines. Hopefully with the limited information, someone related might be able to find this relative.
Again, scanning photos for some friends. This photo intrigued me. I would like to introduce you to the Burk family. I assume this picture is at their home in Buffalo, Washington, Pennsylvania. They were living in Buffalo on both the 1920 and 1930 censuses.
John Davis Burk was born 29 November 1873 in Buffalo to Henry and Mary Earnest Burk. Somewhere along the way he met Charlotte Fyfe.
Charlotte Fyfe was born 15 August 1893 in Scofield, Carbon, Utah to William Weir and Christina Wylie Fyfe (sometimes spelled Fife).
John and Charlotte married 14 October 1914 in St Anthony, Fremont, Idaho. The marriage certificate indicates she lived in Lyman, Madison, Idaho and he lived in Washington, Washington, Idaho.
John and Charlotte had at least 7 children. I don’t know much on them, but here is the limited information I have.
John W Burk was born 17 August 1915 in Idaho and died 6 July 1986. He is buried at Forest Lawn Cemetery in McMurray, Washington, Pennsylvania.
George H Burk was born 4 March 1919 in Buffalo and died 7 October 1986 in Washington, Washington, Pennsylvania.
James Edward Burk was born 23 September 1921 in Buffalo and died 8 November 2007 in Washington, Pennsylvania.
Robert W Burk was born around 1923 in Buffalo and died.
Joseph E Burk was born 26 December 1924 in Buffalo and died 23 January 2012 in Washington, Pennsylvania.
Theodore Smith Burk was born 13 August 1927 in Buffalo and died 31 March 2008 in Washington, Pennsylvania.
Dora Marie Burk was born 1936 and died 21 December 2016.
John Davis Burk died 1 October 1963. Charlotte died 13 January 1973 in Washington, Pennsylvania.
Here is another life sketch I want to share. This time of John Haines Williams and Sarah Jane Davis. John is the father of David Davis Williams and Mary Jane Williams Davis. He is the brother to my David D Williams. At some point I hope I have more history to write of David D and John Haines’ parents, but at this point there are far too many questions. In all honesty, it seems that their parents John Williams and Frances Henneys have had their history confused, merged, and corrupted by some other Williams lines. Until we can sort the real information on our line from the rest, I have delayed writing to keep from perpetuating mistakes and confusion. For example, it appears John Williams died in Ogden, Weber, Utah in 1867. But some have him merged and combined with John Williams who died in 1876, 1870, and 1867. On with the already written history.
I will offer more family information after the life sketch. I do not know who wrote this history.
“John Haines Williams was born February 1, 1829, at Pembrey, Carmarthenshire, Wales, a son of John Williams and Frances Hennys. He was the fourth child of ten children: Frances, Elizabeth, Catherine, John, Mary, David, Sarah, Richard and Joseph. His father was a collier by trade and worked hard to sustain a large family.
“Sarah Jane Davis was born 5 July 1830 at Kidwelly, Carmarthenshire, Wales, the daughter of William and Margaret Davis of Kidwelly. She was the youngest of the nine children born in this family: Margaret, Mary, Ann, William, Eliza, John, David, Lewis, and Sarah Jane.
“After their marriage, John and Sarah Jane made their home in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, Wales, where he worked in the coal mines. Here two sons were born, William and David. Upon hearing the gospel and the advantages of life in America, they worked, saved, and made plans for a new home there. Those who emigrated in their party were: John, Sarah Jane, their sons, William and David, his father, John Williams, then a widower, and his two brothers, David and wife and Richard. They took passage from Liverpool, England with a group of Saints in the year 1855, spending eight weeks on the water.
“Landing in New York, they went to Scranton, Pennsylvania to make their home. While living there, the men worked in the coal mines. At Scranton, two more children were born, Thomas John and Ann. The family lived in Scranton until 1859 and then came west, making their home in Ogden, Utah for several years. There Eliza Bell, Sarah, John, and Mary were born.
“When a group of Saints were leaving for southeastern Idaho, John and Sarah Jane and their eight children went with them and settled in Malad Valley. At first, they lived in Woodruff where George and Frances were born. Later they moved to Malad and took up a homestead of three hundred twenty acres at Gwenford. There they worked hard clearing the land of sage by hand to prepare it for planting.
“John Haines was a lover of fine horses and cattle. Many people of the valley bought animals from him. They built a three-room log house and were happy in their new home. Here Joseph, the eleventh child, was born.
“Desiring the best in education for their children and having a desire to share their happiness in the truths of the gospel, Thomas was sent to Europe and labored as an L.D.S. missionary in England and Wales. After his return home he attended school and taught school for many years. This privilege could not be afforded the others after the death of their father.
“Sarah Jane was a very proud, cultured and refined woman, a wonderful homemaker, seamstress and cook. Many enjoyed her delicious home-cooked meals. She had to make bread nearly every day. The Indians were prowlers at that time. They came to her home often, but she believed in the admonition of President Brigham Young; It is better to feed them than fight them. This she did.
“John Haines died on January 20, 1882 at the age of fifty-three. Sarah Jane worked very hard caring for her family. Her daughter, Frances, lived with her until her mother=s death on August 4, 1892. They were both buried in the Malad City Cemetery.”
Some more family history information.
John Haines Williams born 1 February 1829 in Pembrey, Carmarthenshire, Wales and died 20 January 1882 in Gwenford, Oneida, Idaho. He was buried 23 January 1882 in Malad, Oneida, Idaho.
Sarah Jane Davis born 5 July 1830 in Kidwelly, Carmarthenshire, Wales and died 4 August 1892 in Samaria, Oneida, Idaho. She was buried 7 August 1892 in Malad.
John and Sarah were married in 1849 in Kidwelly.
Their children are:
William Davis Williams born 20 June 1850 in Burry Port, Carmarthenshire, Wales and died 10 May 1916 in Malad. Buried 13 May 1916 in Malad. Married Hannah Maria Thomas (1849-1900) 10 April 1871 in Samaria, Oneida, Idaho.
David Davis Williams born 19 June 1852 in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, Wales and died 27 June 1927 in Samaria. Buried 30 June 1927 in Samaria. Married Rebecca Price Williams (1857-1936) 31 December 1877 in St. Johns, Oneida, Idaho.
Catherine Williams born 4 April 1854 in Llanelli and died 27 March 1856 in Pennsylvania.
Thomas Davis Williams born 3 August 1856 in Hyde Park, Westmoreland, Pennsylvania and died 24 January 1900 in Woodruff, Oneida, Idaho. Buried 27 January 1900 in Samaria. Married Mary Ann Davis (1860-1895) 20 January 1881 in Samaria. He married Agnes Ellen Bowen (1868-1943) 18 May 1897 in Brigham City, Box Elder, Utah (married by Rudger Clawson, later LDS Apostle and member of the First Presidency).
Ann Ellen Williams born 11 April 1861 in Scranton, Lackawanna, Pennsylvania and died 26 August 1936 in Malad. Buried 28 August 1936 in Malad. Married Joshua “Jessie” Lewis Thomas (1857-1928) 26 March 1888 in Malad.
Sarah Williams born 3 May 1862 in Ogden, Weber, Utah. We don’t know anything more about her.
Eliza Bell Williams born 4 June 1963 in Ogden and died 15 September 1941 in Samaria. Buried 19 September 1941 in Samaria. Married William Lewis Jones (1857-1889) 19 January 1887 in Logan, Cache, Utah.
Mary Jane Williams born 8 April 1864 in Ogden and died 20 March 1903 in Samaria. Buried 24 March 1903 in Samaria. Married Samuel Deer Davis (1859-1923) 10 October 1882 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah.
John Haines Williams born 18 February 1866 in Ogden and died 9 August 1956 in Malad. Buried 11 August 1956 in Samaria. Married Rebecca Morse (1869-1938) 14 February 1886 in Malad.
George Haines Williams born 15 October 1867 in Woodruff and died 26 December 1950 in Woodruff. Buried 29 December 1950 in Samaria. Married Sarah Elizabeth Morse (1872-1908) 20 September 1890 in Samaria.
Frances Williams born 10 April 1870 in Woodruff and died 18 July 1948 in Woodruff. Buried 20 July 1948 in Samaria. Married Samuel John Williams (1865-1943) 14 December 1898 in Samaria.
Joseph Davis Williams born 15 January 1872 in Malad and died 5 November 1943 in Samaria. Buried 9 November 1943 in Samaria. Married Rachel Morse (1872-1937) 18 August 1896 in Samaria.