In a recent post we learned that the town of Shirland, IL in 1881 had a great volume of milk production and opened a cheese making plant: CLICK HERE
As a dairy farmer, Henry Pollock was quoted in the article by saying his cows would net him $50/head that season which seemed to be above the norm for that time.
But taking this story a step further from dairy production >>> cheese making, we learn that one of the salesmen was none other than Ephraim Powell whose son was married to Henry’s daughter.
The April 1, 1881 Rockton Herald reported that Ephraim “disposed of several cheeses made at the Shirland factory during the month of February. It is considered a very good article for the season.” (I take it to mean that he sold the cheese, not threw it out). Just a brief time after this was reported, a “cheese convention” was held at the factory to elect officers for the coming year and to appoint salesmen that included Ephraim Powell.