Category Archives: 1962-1968

Timeline, 1967

Cheese War   Timeline     1967   Event Date Event Source (See key below.)       2-1967 At its annual membership meeting, Cheese & Dairy officials reported that sales had exceeded $3 million and monthly earnings had increased.   Winning awards at the Oregon Dairy Industries contest were cheesemakers Dean Daggett, Ron Jones,… READ MORE

Timeline, 1968

Cheese War   Timeline     1968   Event Date Event Source (See key below.)       2-1968 Cheese & Dairy cheesemakers brought trophies home from the Oregon Dairy Industries annual convention. Fritz Baumgartner, head cheesemaker, won the sweepstakes trophy. Also winning awards were Lloyd Wright, Dean Daggett, Ron Jones, Allan Waldron, and Merton… READ MORE

Timeline, 1966

Cheese War   Timeline     1966   Event Date Event Source (See key below.)       2-20-1966 Annual meetings of competing Tillamook dairy cooperatives were held on the third Saturday in February.   Gathering at the Fairview Grange were about 125 members of Cheese and Dairy, which had merged with Red Clover at… READ MORE

Timeline, 1965

Cheese War   Timeline     1965   Event Date Event Source (See key below.) 4-12-1965 to 4-16-1965   County Creamery filed a $10 million antitrust suit against Cheese & Dairy, along with a $10 million antitrust suit against Red Clover. Earlier, Cheese & Dairy and Red Clover asked for a combined $8.4 million in… READ MORE

Timeline, 1964

Cheese War   Timeline     1964   Event Date Event Source (See key below.)       1-27-1964       Cheese & Dairy sought an injunction in federal court that would order County Creamery to stop threatening legal action against dealers who handle Premium Brand cheese. Cheese & Dairy said that County Creamery… READ MORE

Timeline, 1963

Cheese War   Timeline       1963     Event Date Event Source (See key below.)           1-1963 and 2-1963       A dairy stabilization law for the Portland milkshed was drafted by an Oregon Dairymen’s Association committee headed by George Milne, president of Tillamook Cheese & Dairy. The… READ MORE

Timeline, 1962

1960 – A dairy farmers’ committee worked on a milk audit bill to present to the 1961 legislature.1961 – Delegates to the Oregon Dairymen’s convention in January supported Fair Trade legislation that would prevent distributors from giving or loaning equipment to stores.1961- HB 1194 was introduced. The bill would regulate prices paid to farmers.1961 –… READ MORE

Two Groups, One Roof

Two Groups, One Roof

During most of the Cheese War, Cheese & Dairy and County Creamery co-existed at the large Tillamook cheese factory. A judge had ordered that each cooperative could use the space so they shared equipment and production rooms. This schematic, developed for use in a later lawsuit, noted that an area marked with jagged lines was… READ MORE

The End: County Creamery Buys Out Cheese & Dairy

The End: County Creamery Buys Out Cheese & Dairy

In the largest sale in Tillamook County through 1968, County Creamery bought out Cheese & Dairy. The deal, worth $9 million today, ended Cheese & Dairy’s operations. READ MORE

Cheese & Dairy Loses Agriculture Dept. Lawsuit

The Oregon Department of Agriculture sued Cheese & Dairy to force payment to members of the Tillamook Fluid Milk Shippers Association, or Shiveley Shippers. That group had withdrawn from Cheese & Dairy in 1963 to ship milk to County Creamery. After numerous appeals, Judge Combs ruled that Cheese & Dairy had to pay. Cheese &… READ MORE