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A Winter Day

Date:  date unknown

Description: On the right, the farmer in his sheepskin coat drives a horsedrawn sled loaded with milk cans to the cheese factory. A blanket is covering the cans to prev...

Date:  date unknown

Description: Exterior view of Sweet Clover School near the end of the school year in late April or early May. Cows graze in an adjoining pasture and a farmer is complet...


Calves in Pasture

Date: 1929-08 

Description: Young dairy cows feeding in a clover pasture with farm buildings in the background.

Date: 1935-03-27 

Description: Label submitted to the State of Wisconsin for trademark registration from the Marshfield Milling Co. "Holstein." Holstein cow and calf in black and white c...

Date: 1931-11-18 

Description: Marian Dolan, 1931 National 4-H milking champion, milks a cow. She is a member of the Maple Knoll 4-H Club north of Sun Prairie.


Milking Time

Date:  date unknown

Description: A farm family takes part in milking time. The mother carries a milk can and a stripping bucket while the boy pushes milk cans on a cart toward the barn. Th...


Description: Lloyd and Kim Hilgendorf live at W2050 McArthur (Section 17). After working in the iron mines at Neda, Lloyds's great-grandfather, Whilhelm Hilgendorf, and...

Historical Essay

Vitamin-Finding Feces Bucket

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Sheetmetal bucket with wooden handle. Collected cow manure for University of Wisconsin, Madison, nutrition experiments, 1907-1911.(Museum object #1992.103)

Date: 1931 

Description: A mechanical(?) cow standing on a platform demonstrates the use of a McCormick-Deering milker at the Dairy Cattle Congress. There are paintings of agricult...

Date: 1948 

Description: Holiday card of the history of the State of Wisconsin, 1848-1948. Shows a map of Wisconsin with many historical and themed elements. Image was created by w...

Date: 1952 

Description: Beverly Steffen, the 1952 Alice in Dairyland, stands beside a cow at the Wisconsin State Fair.


Description: The Hilgendorfs farm 300 acres with 55 milking cows and 45 heifers and calves. On this day they produced a little over 3,000 lbs. of milk.

Date: 1921 

Description: Cover illustration for a publication by International Harvester's Agricultural Extension Department featuring a photograph of a cow chewing hay under the t...

Date: 2004 

Description: Cliff and Renoda pose by this old granary.

Date: 1927-07 

Description: Opal Gillespie stands in a field while feeding a Holstein calf from a metal bucket. Several farm buildings and a fence are in the background.

Date: 1947-05-24 

Description: Governor Oscar Rennebohm farm, on U.S. Highway 151, five miles east of the Capitol between Madison and Sun Prairie. Governor Rennebohm and Ed Mercer admire...

Date:  date unknown

Description: Several men milk cows at the Pima Agency, near Phoenix.


Man Milking Cows

Date: 1940 

Description: Roger Thomas uses a McCormick-Deering milker on a Holstein cow at the Lee Thomas farm.

Date: 1960 ca.

Description: Aerial view of the Dane County Hospital, looking west. Excavating for a more modern east wing that was finished in 1960 can be seen near the main building....


Batzler Farm

Date: 1983-08 

Description: "Late in the day, the cows return for milking on the Batzler farm."

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