This 1893 photo shows two cheesemakers at the Beaver Cheese Factory. Ike Heiner (left) was the cheesemaker; Elizabeth Foland (right) was a rare woman assisting in the factory. According to "The Tillamook Way," Ike worked at Beaver for 30 years after the cooperative was formed by Merriman Foland, Joe Bixby, Walter West, Al Bunn, William Saling and others. (Photo courtesy of the Oregon Historical Society)
Tillamook, Oregon is known for its cheese. Less well known, except to locals who experienced it, is the Cheese War of the 1960s. More information is in the book, Cheese War, available now. Read some reviews and buy a copy from OSU Press, your local bookstore or Amazon. And now, Cheese War is being turned into a Talking Book by the Oregon State Library!
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