​City Dairy Toronto

St Charles Milk
​The St. Charles Condenser Company of St. Charles, Illinois (near Chicago) manufactured condensed milk — evaporated milk with sugar added. The Company had factories in several American locations. In 1899 it sought to add one in Canada in either Ingersoll or Woodstock. “The factory,” a prize catch, “would cost between $60,000 and $70,000 and employ seventy hands, half of them girls. The Company manufactured its own tins and condensed milk “on a large scale.” It required that all of the milk be obtained within a radius of five miles, and it needed from 40,000 and 50,000 gallons daily. If the Company chose Ingersoll, pronounced the Chronicle, then it will be because of our superior facilities: “it is a well-known fact that there is within a radius of five miles of our town more dairy cows than can be found elsewhere in this country … and the company, should it locate here, will have no difficulty in securing all the milk they require. On Friday, 1st September, the St. Charles Condenser Company chose Ingersoll.
George Neil 1941
Maclean's  October 1909

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