Town Square

Home Delivery for Milk ?

Original post made by DJ, South of Midtown, on Nov 21, 2006

I recall reading (somewhere in a local newspaper) that there were dairy farms who had started home delivery of the milk in Palo Alto/Mountain View. The requirement was a cooler box on the patio -- I cannot find this info after searching the net. Is there anyone on this newsgroup who has subscribed to this service - if so, can you please share the experience?


Like this comment
Posted by Jay Thorwaldson
editor emeritus
on Nov 23, 2006 at 8:27 am

Jay Thorwaldson is a registered user.

The Weekly did a cover story on Aug. 10, 2005, featuring Roger Piers, 81-year-old son of Piers Dairy founder Manuel Piers, that included quite a bit of information about early milk deliveries in and around Palo Alto.

On Sept. 3, 2003, we printed a photo essay and feature on Michal the Milkman, who may still be delivering milk. Evokes memories of my own milkman days for Claravale Guernsey Farm, a raw-milk dairy between Los Gatos and Saratoga, during college years.


Like this comment
Posted by DJ
a resident of South of Midtown
on Nov 23, 2006 at 10:52 am

Can you include web links to these two stories please...

Like this comment
Posted by Jay Thorwaldson
editor emeritus
on Nov 23, 2006 at 11:08 am

Jay Thorwaldson is a registered user.

Here's the one on Roger Piers:

Web Link

Here's a history sidebar on Manuel (known as M.I. to the public and "The Boss" to his family) Piers:

Web Link

Here's Michal the Milkman:

Web Link

Happy hunting. -jay

Like this comment
Posted by Russ Hanson
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on May 6, 2011 at 2:39 pm

FUnny I was just thinking about Kenneth Peake and the Claravale Guernsey farm. I worked there when I was attending los gatos high in 1963-1965. I bottled milk and helped run the dairy. I remember Kenneth and hiswife and grannie went on a 3 day vacation to Yosmite park one time(his first vacation in 20 years) he called very 3 hours checking on the cows- We milked 2 times a day 4-5 in the morning and 4-5 at night 100 head of guernsey cows. In one way it redicrected my life, I was thinking of going into agriculture but after two years of that went anothe direction. Ken and my grandmother Eve hanson (Bulmore) went to school together as kids.
Good memories- thankyou.

Like this comment
Posted by Remember When
a resident of Palo Verde
on May 6, 2011 at 2:51 pm

This reminds me of an article I was recently sent

<.How Wasteful the Older Generation Was
.by Elizabeth Olmstead McBride on Monday, .How Wasteful the older Generation Was ... In the line at the store, the young cashier told the older woman that she should bring her own grocery bag because plastic bags weren’t good for the environment. The woman apologized to him and explained, “We didn’t have the green thing back in my day.”

The clerk responded, "That's our problem today. The former generation did not care enough to save our environment."

He was right, that generation didn’t have the green thing in its day.

Back then, they returned their milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled.

But they didn’t have the green thing back in that customer's day.

In her day, they walked up stairs, because they didn’t have an escalator in every store and office building. They walked to the grocery store and didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time they had to go two blocks.

But she was right. They didn’t have the green thing in her day.

Back then, they washed the baby’s diapers because they didn’t have the throw-away kind. They dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 220 volts – wind and solar power really did dry the clothes. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing.

But that old lady is right, they didn’t have the green thing back in her day.

Back then, they had one TV, or radio, in the house – not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a hankerchief, not a screen the size of the state of Montana . In the kitchen, they blended and stirred by hand because they didn’t have electric machines to do everything for you. When they packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, they used a wadded up old newspaper to cushion it, not styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back then, they didn’t fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. They used a push mower that ran on human power. They exercised by working so they didn’t need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.

But she’s right, they didn’t have the green thing back then.

They drank from a fountain when they were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time they had a drink of water. They refilled their writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and they replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.

But they didn’t have the green thing back then.

Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or rode the school bus instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service. They had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And they didn’t need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint.

But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful the old folks were just because they didn't have the green thing back then?