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The Soldiers' Edition of the Oxford Mirror was transcribed by Janet Brandt.

The Iowa Creamery
THE Iowa Creamery Company, whose display ad appears on this page of our special edition, is one of the large concerns in this city, and is an exceptionally large industry for a town the size of Oxford Junction. The plant is located at the extreme west part of town near the north and south tracks of the C. M. & St. P. Railway, giving them easy access to the railroads for shipment of their products, which not only consist of butter and eggs, but also ice cream, which is being shipped to nearly every surrounding town.
It is not our intention, in this brief review of the Iowa Creamery Co., to go back into its early history, but it is sufficient to mention the fact that during the first few years of its existence, under the management of G. W. Simpson, the business was done on such an extensive scale that in a very short period it was found that expenses were so far in excess of the receipts that bankruptcy was inevitable. At this time the company was reorganized by the stockholders and S. L. Murphy engaged as manager. The outlook for a successful business was very meager, but under the capable guidance of the manager it gradually began to grow until in a very short time holders of stock were realizing some dividends on the money invested.
About four years ago the new branch of the business, that of making ice cream, was started. At first it was believed that the undertaking would be a failure, but the quality of the manufactured article was such that the business grew by leaps and bounds, until at the present time the output is almost the limit of their capacity.
A change in the management took place August 1st, 1918, when S. L. Murphy, who had other interests in Florida, that required his attention, disposed of a part of his stock to E. T. Barker and L. E. Wosoba, the latter to take care of the outside

business, while Mr. Barker has the general supervision of the business. Mrs. E. T. Barker, as bookkeeper, has charge of the office work in which she is very efficient. A. J. Spohn is the buttermaker, and is turning out a grade of butter that finds a ready market, considerable of which is being sent to Clinton, as they supply a number of the leading stores in that city. The balance of the output is shipped to the Chicago market.
The manufacturing of the Ice Cream is under the personal supervision of the manager, E. T. Barker, he being a first class ice cream maker. The product that is turned out from this city is in demand in every town, for a radius of many miles, where every dealer is pleased with
the quality of the cream.
The raw product from which the butter and ice cream is made is gathered from the farms for a distance of many miles. This work is carried on by six haulers, a number of whom drive auto trucks which replace teams that were formerly used. The fact that the managers of the creamery have urged the farmers to give more attention and care to the handling of their cream has greatly increased the qualityŚand this is very essential in the making of good butter. The haulers, who make the regular trips for cream, also purchase eggs from the farmers and bring them in, where they are candled, packed and shipped to the markets.
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