History On Its Way To The Landfill, While Society Becomes More Dependent

January 7, 2013
No this isn't an old time tool box sonny.

No this isn’t an old time tool box sonny.

Days gone by we would find our Milk outside the door, now most people under 40 don’t even know that Milk was once delivered to your door in glass bottles. We have a society who cannot remember their mother or grand mother making their shirts, slacks, dresses and coats. So many today have no idea how to can their own fruits and vegetables or make their own jam and jellies.

The photo above left is a sign of times long since gone.  The milk crate is believed to be from Lakeview Farms of St. George, VT. According to land use applications Lakeview Farms ceased being used for Agricultural purposes in 1971. In 1984 the owners of Lakeview Farm sought authorization to sub-divide three 10 acre parcels from the farm and was denied their request by the St George, VT planning commision. The milk bottles are from Cote’s Dairy formerly of Lweistown, ME and Tockwotton Jersey Farms of St. George, VT.

This decision pertains to an appeal filed with the Environmental Board (“the Board”) on August 20, 1984, by Lakeview Farms, Inc. (“Lakeview”) from the July 20, 1984 decision of the District #4 Environmental Commission (“the Commission”) denying Land Use Permit Amendment Application #4CO481-2. That application sought authorization for the subdivision of three lO+ acre lots with on-site sewer and water to be served by a road (Martel Lane) approved in #4CO481,located off Oak Hill Road in Williston and St. George, Vermont.

Part of what used to be Lakeview Farms is currently on the market with 158 acres of the old Dairy for sale for $1.2 Million 3068 Oak Hill Road, Williston  VT 05495 just a small part of what once was a Dairy which operated in both Williston & St. George, VT.

cote5It was going to a friends to help her remove pictures from an old eMachines Windows XP computer that I came across these three pieces of history sitting out to be cast away like so much of our proud history has been. As I started to look into the different Dairy names I came across the Cotes Dairy history on a Lewiston, Maine elementary school site.


According to this student report on Cotes:

Around 1989, when Oakhurst another milk company came into business Cotes Dairy shut down. They shut down because Oakhurst was taking over their work.

According to the August 1981 issue of Yankee Cotes made the Best Darned Ice Cream in the whole state of Maine, but today few could do it without some electronic gadget sold in Macy’s.

The Best Darned Ice Cream In the Whole State of Maine


CotesThree years ago, the Cote family, who own one of the largest dairies in southern Maine, had a unique problem with leftovers, something every family has to deal with. “Everybody’s on a diet,” Bill Cote explained. “It’s gotten so that 75 percent of our sales are low-fat milk. And every year it gets worse. We had to figure out what to do with all the leftover cream. So, we made ice cream!”—so much ice cream that today Cote’s Old-Fashioned Ice Cream is the most popular in Lewiston.

In trying to locate an active Cote’s Diary operation we have ran into wall after all despite multiple searches showing the Ice Cream operation still incorporated. Cote’s is but one of many family operations that have gone by the wayside in an ever changing society driven by the latest electronic gadget or smart phone.

Tockwotton Jersey MilkGeorge W. Madison was born on November 24, 1851 in Warwick, R.I., the son of Joseph W. Madison (b.1820) and Maria Smith Madison. His father was the manager of the extensive Ives-Goddard-Russell family farm on Potowomut Neck in Warwick, the property now known as Goddard Park. George followed his father as manager of the farm. Eventually he inherited the Tockwotton Farm in nearby North Kingstown from his father, which he incorporated as Tockwotton Jersey Farms Inc. in 1927. It operated as one of the largest dairy farms in Rhode Island, on eighty acres of pasture land. As of 1932, it owned a herd of fifty Jersey cattle.

Tockwotton-FarmTockwotton Jersey Farm “Rich Jersey Milk” is another of the many Dairies which once delivered fresh milk, cream and other items to your door which have gone by the way side. I find this fascinating given the massive green movement and move toward organic food sources. Today Tockwotton has been sub-divided and turned into homes selling in the half million dollar range. The subdivision seems to have tossed its Dairy history to the wayside along with the home delivery of Rich Jersey Milk.

IMG_0003Trying to find photos and logos from these three farms/Dairies has proven to be difficult. I wanted to be able to put up pictures that would give a good visual on a time which has long since past us by. The next photo is of a Baby Doll stroller which is not only from a day long gone, its older than one of my friends. In fact it was her idea for me to take a picture of the buggy with her to give a visual of just how old the piece is.

IMG_0005_1The stroller despite its age is still in remarkable shape in that the fabric is without a single rip; the wheels still roll yet a  little wobbly; the canopy still moves up and down with a little help. Martha is a remarkable 87 years old going on 17 while the buggy is believed to be even older than that and yet it still functions. Items like this buggy which were made just a few years ago are all but worthless, while this piece of almost 100 years old or more still works and still has its original fabric in tact. In this day of new models of cell phones coming out every month with those just three months old becoming obsolete or computers becoming outdated in some cases before they are ever sold by the merchant, are we going to become a disposable society with our history crushed into a landfill that will one day be used as the foundation for a new subdivision?

IMG_0004_1We have become a society of instant gratification and disposable diapers, phones, razors, and milk jugs.  Today most every household has furniture in every room they bought in a box and screwed on the legs to or put its drawers together with snap-n-click parts. So many in our society have to do a Google search to find out what a Pay-Phone was. Imagine their shock to learn milk was once delivered to your door fresh each day in glass bottles that were returned and reused over and over again!

In the age of the next iPad or iPhone; the next great Internet app or social network we might stop and take a look at our history long enough to remember how to build things with our hands; or how to get milk out of a cow without these large corporate automated dairies; how to take and can fruits and vegetables (as a child I think my Grandmother canned every fruit, vegetable, and made every jam and jelly we ate) or how to sew a shirt, slacks, dress or coat. God have mercy on us if we ever have a complete destruction of our electrical grid in this country, as it would surely be the death of many who cannot live a minute without something powered by electricity or battery or Internet based.


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One Response to History On Its Way To The Landfill, While Society Becomes More Dependent

  1. Mary Madison on March 28, 2014 at 12:13 AM

    Tockwotton jersey farm is my family's farm you can find it on face book

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