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Term: Mccanna, Charles B. 1851 - 1913

Definition: businessman, cheese manufacturer, b. Jefferson County, N.Y. He moved to Wisconsin in 1876 and operated a cheese factory in Allengrove, Walworth County. He engaged in similar enterprises in southeastern Wisconsin until 1887, when he settled in Burlington; there he organized the McCanna Cheese and Butter Manufacturing Co., and operated about twenty factories in the area. In. 1893 the company was reorganized as McCanna and Fraser, with McCanna serving as president until his death. In 1898 he founded the Wisconsin Condensed Milk Co., which soon became one of the largest producers of condensed milk in Wisconsin and operated branch factories in Pecatonica and Grayslake, Ill. McCanna was president of this company from 1898 to 1913. McCanna was president of the Bank of Burlington (1906-1913). M. M. Quaife, Wis. (4 vols., Chicago, 1924); F. S. Stone, ed., Racine . . . and Racine Co. (2 vols., Chicago, 1916); Burlington Standard-Democrat, Dec. 19, 1913.

[Source: Dictionary of Wisconsin biography]
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