Luck in Polk County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Danish Dairy Cooperative
The seven Danish emigrants declared that only members of the corporation could own stock in it, and the sale of one hundred sixty shares at $15 per share was authorized. The first creamery was built eight-tenths of a mile west of here on the north shore of Little Butternut Lake. The first buttermaker was a Danish woman who made the butter in large wooden churns.
In the early days the farmers brought their milk to the creamery in cans which had glass tubes or gauges on the side, marked down to one-eighth inches. The cream as shown by the gauge was measured and paid for by the inch. The cream was then skimmed off and the farmer kept the skimmed milk.
Many groups of farmers adopted the cooperative principle to make dairying a leading industry in Wisconsin.
Erected 1970 by the Wisconsin Historical Society
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society series list. A significant historical month for this entry is March 1864.
Location. 45° 34.227′ N, 92° 29.338′ W. Marker is in Luck, Wisconsin, in Polk County. Marker is on State Highway 35, 0.4 miles south of 1st Avenue (State Highway 48), on the right when traveling south. Marker is just north of 250th Avenue (County Highway N) at a paved highway pull-off drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Luck WI 54853, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Danish Seminary (approx. one mile away); The Battle of St. Croix Falls (approx. 12˝ miles away); St. Croix Falls Lions Park (approx. 12˝ miles away); Where are the Falls? (approx. 13.1 miles away); Gaylord Nelson (approx. 13.1 miles away); Saint Croix Falls Hydroelectric Project (approx. 13.2 miles away in Minnesota); Thompson–Boughton Mill (approx. 13.3 miles away); River Spirit (approx. 13.3 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on December 21, 2008, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,270 times since then and 125 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on December 21, 2008, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. 2. submitted on September 13, 2013, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. 3. submitted on December 21, 2008, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. 4. submitted on September 13, 2013, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.