Iowa Old Press
Sioux County Herald, Orange City, (Sioux), Iowa, July 26, 1877,
THE PIONEER CHEESE FACTORY.
The LeMars Sentinel of last week has the following:
The lively little town of Seney, five miles north of LeMars on the Sioux
City & St. Paul road, has the merit of building the first cheese factory in
Plymouth County. After much talk on the subject, the project has become a
reality. Much credit is due J. S. Haviland Sr., for the persistence he has
shown in the matter, for we believe that to him chiefly is the county
indebted for its establishment.
The building is by no means a pretentious one, and is now in process of
erection. The upright measures sixteen by twenty-four feet, to which is a
boiler room attached, twelve by twelve. It will be equipped with a new and
complete set of first-class fixtures from the factory of Barely, of Elgin,
Illinois, a concern devoted to this special business. It is expected that
the manufacture of cheese will begin about the middle of May. The factory
will be under the exclusive charge of James Haviland, who will devote his
whole time to its management. The firm name will be Samuel Reeves & Co.
About 150 cows have already been secured, and the number will probably swell
to 200. There is also a probability of success in negotiations pending for
renting one or two hundred cows from parties in the eastern part of the
State, which of course would add largely to the business of the factory.
The Sioux City Journal says:
"About a month ago, some parties at Seney, on the line of the St. Paul road,
raided a saloon belonging to R. B. Young. Afterwards a stable and some
other property belonging to one of the raiders was burned down, and Young
was arrested upon suspicion of having set it on fire. He was taken to
LeMars for trial, but was released. He then caused a prosecution to be
commenced against Samuel Reeves, Charles Freeman, Henry Darble
(sic-Darvill), B. F. Mills, Rev. Elmer Rigby and Rev. Jesse Rigby, the first
mentioned Mr. Rigby being the Methodist minister at Seney, and the latter of
the same at Sergeant Bluffs. Sheriff Hopkins of LeMars went down yesterday
to arrest Rev. Jesse Rigby, the charge against him being breaking down the
sign, breaking in the door and destroying the property of R. B. Young, which
destruction it is alleged was committed at the time the saloon was raided.
Mr. Rigby was placed under $100 bonds for his appearance for trial."
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