Do You Remember Anyone Dying from Home Delivered Milk?


The government ordered pasteurization of all raw milk in 1932, in an effort to stem the tide of bovine tuberculosis, a bacterium that could infect humans and cause serious skin infections and even death.

“In those days, there were no supermarkets and the store didn’t really have much refrigeration equipment, but I can’t ever remember hearing of anyone dying from anything.


October 11th 1900


I remember when milk, bread, coal, ice and other household necessities were all delivered “right to your front door”. As a young child I can still remember the rattling of milk bottles in the milkman’s eight quart basket.



June 29,1899


ice cream

Allan Street Dairy Carleton Place

By the end of the 1950s, more and more people were able to buy their own cars and “one-stop-shopping” centres became the favoured place to buy things. Because of this, home delivery of food products all but disappeared by the 1970’s.


The best tasting milk still comes in glass bottles. I can still see the old bottles– milk at the bottom and rich cream on top. The home delivered milk came in glass quarts and cream in glass pints.


In those days, there were no supermarkets and the store didn’t really have much refrigeration equipment but again, I can’t ever remember hearing of anyone dying from it either.


So what are we afraid of now?

Photos- Colour ones- Linda Seccaspina. All the others from The Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum.

“If you don’t know where you come from, you don’t know who you are!” —The late Edna Gardner Carleton Place

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Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

2 responses »

  1. in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s our milk was delivered by a milkman (I think his name was Forbes) . We left clean empty glass milk bottles on the front porch with the milk tokens sitting on top. The tokens were sized so that they would sit upright in the opening of the bottle without falling in. The milkman would pick up the empties and tokens, then leave the full milk bottles in the same place. When I was a kid, the milk tokens were the aluminum triangle shaped ones that appear in the picture in your article. The milk sat on the front porch all day regardless of the weather until I got home from school. …. I don’t recall any reports or concern of anyone getting sick.


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