Greenbrier Creamery1886 - 1898


     The 1898 Sanborn fire map shows a 25' alley (now abandoned) running from the end of Lafayette St., past the Worsham Stable on lots #13 and 14 (the little white house was moved there in 2018), and up the hill to Lee St. The Greenbrier Creamery was at the bottom of the hill, just below the flour mill. The 2/23/1899 Greenbrier Independent flour mill fire report states that the adjoining Creamery building was also destroyed.

September 2, 1886

     I, Henry S. Walker, secretary of state of the state of West Virginia hereby certify that an agreement duly acknowledged and accompanied by the proper affidavits, has been this day delivered to me, which agreement is in the words and figures following:

     The undersigned agree to become a corporation by the name of The Greenbrier Creamery Company, for the purpose of manufacturing butter and other products of milk, which corporation shall keep its principal office or place of business at Lewisburg, in the county of Greenbrier, West Virginia, and is to expire on the first day of September, one thousand nine hundred and six. And for the purpose of forming such corporation, we have subscribed the sum of five thousand dollars to the capital thereof, and have paid in on said subscriptions the sum of one thousand dollars, and desire the privilege of increasing the said capital, by the sale of additional shares from time to time, to fifteen thousand dollars in all. The capital so subscribed is divided into shares of fifty dollars each, which are held by the undersigned respectively, as follows, that is to say:

     By John F. Estill, Lewisburg, W.V., twenty shares;

     By John A. Lutz, Lewisburg, W. Va., twenty shares;

     By James G. Hudson, San Antonio, Texas, twenty shares;

     By Wm. W. Fry, Augusta, Georgia, twenty shares;

     By. J. M. McWhorter, Lewisburg, W. Va., twenty shares.

And the capital to be hereafter sold is to be divided into shares of the like amount.

     Given under our hands this second day of August, one thousand eight hundred and eighty six. John T. Estil, John A. Lutz, James G. Hudson By A. J. Hudson, his Attorney in fact. Wm. W. Fry, J. M. McWhorter.

     Wherefore, the corporators named in said agreement, and who have signed the same, and their successors and assigns, are hereby declared to be, from this date until the first day of September, nineteen hundred and six, a corporation by the name and for the purposes set forth in said agreement.

Given under my hand and the great seal of the said {G.S.} state, at the city of Charleston, this 2nd day of   September, 1886.

     Henry S. Walker, Secretary of State.   Google Books: Greenbrier Creamery


June 21, 1888  Greenbrier Independent vol 23 #3

The Greenbrier Creamery Editor, Greenbrier Independent:

     Let me call the attention of the farmers of Greenbrier specially to the new enterprise of the Greenbrier Creamery Co. This is certainly a paying one to the farmer, much more so than raising young cattle. The Creamery Company propose working on two systems, viz.: 1) Farmers haul the milk and get so much per hundred pounds at the Creamery; and, 2) on the Farmlamb system of settling milk and letting the Creamery Co. send for and only buy the cream. This saves the farmer the trouble and expense of hauling and allows him to keep the skimmed milk at home for his calves and hogs. The system to be adopted finally is the one that suits the farmer best.

     This Company are now making the first-class butter and have made a contract to furnish The Greenbrier White Sulphur Springs with their butter. 'Tis certainly to the interest of every man to look into this matter and consult with parties that have been furnishing milk and see if the don't pay. This Creamery Co, is on a solid basis, and the stockholders say they intend to make it a success. Some of the parties now furnishing milk, from whom you can get all the information you want are Messers. Thos. A. Handly, John D. and Alex W. Arbuckle, John D. Snyder Capt. Arch. Graham, and others.Gentlemen, it behooves us to aid this enterprise as it is certainly to our interest. Let us test this plan. We know full well what we have done on our cattle for several years. We can get the cash for our milk or cream every thirty days. Subscriber      


December 27, 1888  deed 40-97

     Cox and Hodson convey for $400 the part of their Mill Lot to the Greenbrier Creamery where the creamery building had already been built: “. . . we convey to said Greenbrier Creamery company all that part of the mill lot lying West of the East wall of the Creamery building beginning at the South east corner of said lot conveyed . . . We also convey the right to said Creamery Company to lay the necessary piping to carry water from the spring or from a tank to be erected at the end of the water trough to the Creamery building for use at said Creamery . . . and we hereby grant unto the said Creamery Company a sufficient amount of the waste water running from the spring to supply said Creamery . . . and that the parties of the first part reserves to themselves the right to a passaway for wagons and teams over the lot hereby conveyed so as to reach the rear part of the mill building, but not to interfere with the Creamery building. . . “                                                                                                                       


February 28, 1889  Greenbrier Independent vol 23 no 39

     Why is it that the Creamery Company passes by our section? I see they propose to establish separators in other parts of the county, but say nothing about Williamsburg. I am not informed as to what the people think on the subject, but it occurs to me that we have advantages similar to any possessed by other places – fine grass, plenty of grain and good cows. If something could be started up here to break the monotony and dead-lock in which business of most kinds is now held, and extricate us from the old ruts in which we have been dragging along for so long, I, for one, think we should hail it with delight – anything for advancement. A.B.W.                                 

March 14, 1889  Greenbrier Independent vol 23 no 41

     The new machinery for the Greenbrier Creamery has arrived in Lewisburg and is now being placed in the new building. The Company now has much larger machinery, both engine and separator, and are determined to be ready for their increased patronage.

     At a meeting of the directors of the Greenbrier Creamery Co., a few days ago, they determined to put a separator in Frankford at once. The separator at Organ Cave will be started as soon as the house can be built. As this is a set??? for the farmers in Frankford and the Organ Cave neighborhood can be getting cows ready for business. We are pleased to learn that so many of our farmers in this section have (after a fair ??? the Creamery) decided to stock their farms so extensively. This is ??? conclusion, and one that will be of great profit to them.                                                               


May 23, 1889  Greenbrier Independent vol 23 no 51 p.4

     The Greenbrier creamery now receives on an average over three tons of milk per day.


June 6, 1889  Greenbrier Independent vol 24 #1

     Profitable Cows  We are in receipt of the following figures from Messers. W.F. Ludington and Howard Skaggs, patrons of the Greenbrier Creamery. The figures for the month of May:

     Mr. Ludington furnished the milk from 16 ½ cows, or in other words he milked 16 cows during the entire month and the 17th cow for only 15 days. The result was as follows: The total production was 13,600 pounds of milk, which at 90 cents per 100 pounds, (the price the Company is paying) brought him the handsome sum of $122.40, or an average of $7.41 per cow. Five of his best cows produced 5,628 pounds, or an average of $9.04 each; five of the second best produced 4,275 pounds, or an average of $7.69; six remaining produced 3,359 pounds, or an average of $6.03; the half cow produced 449 pounds, or $4.06 in fifteen days. [2021 typical production: 1900 lbs/mo, $18.40/100 lbs, $3500/mo]

     Mr. Howard Skaggs furnished the milk from ten cows, which brought him an average of $8.50 each. His best cow, stimulated by other food and grass, produced 1,522 pounds, which brought him $13.70. His second best, feeding on grass only, produced 1,124 ½ pounds, which brought him $10.12.

Other patrons have done equally well, but the figures these two gentlemen furnish us are the only one we have been able to obtain. The Company will pay out for milk this month of May between $1400 and $1500, or over $50 for each working day in the month.                           


June 20, 1889  Greenbrier Independent vol 24 #3

     The Creamery Co.'s separator at Frankford receives about 1,000 pounds of milk per day, and their separator at Organ Cave receives about 1,100 pounds daily.                  


September 12, 1889  Greenbrier Independent vol 24 #16

     During the month of August the Greenbrier Creamery Company turned out over 12,000 pounds of butter, the product of over 300,000 pounds of milk, for which the farmers received over $2,500. This enterprise is now on an established basis, and is making itself felt in this section – the amount of money it pours int this community being a God-send in these hard times. It is the aim of the company to reach a monthly expenditure for milk of $10,000. With this end in view we understand that the company proposes to expend $5,000 immediately in enlarging its capacity and increasing its facilities. Among the improvements contemplated is a cold storage and the location of one or more separators. The company says that they will have no difficulty in disposing of all the butter they may manufacture.

     We congratulate the farmers upon the success of the enterprise, for it affords them a market for a product which heretofore has hardly been taken into consideration in farm economy. That it pays is no longer problematical, but is demonstrated, as any of the patrons will testify. We were granted the privilege of inspecting their books this week, from which we took at random the following names with the amounts paid them for milk: J.D. Arbuckle -July $106.75, August $95.23, .A. Church July $90.76, August $89.72 .                                                                                 


October 24, 1889  Greenbrier Independent vol 24 #21

     Fall, Winter, and Spring Milk  We have made a schedule for fall, winter, and spring milk, in order to induce farmers to have their cows come in so as to give the bulk of milk in winter instead of summer. It takes but little figuring to see that the Creamery can handle winter milk to better advantage than they can summer milk, and it takes less figuring to prove that the winter milk pays the farmer much better than the summer milk. They have little else to do in winter but attend to their cows, and only have to deliver the milk to the creamery every other day. There are many other reasons, of which we will speak more fully in the future, why the winter milk will pay them best. In order to induce farmers to stock up for winter milk we will pay during the month of November, 90 cents per hundred pounds; December and January, $1.00; February and March, $1.10; April, $1.00; May, 90 cts.

     We can't say as to summer milk; that will be controlled entirely by the butter market, and every indication is that it will be better for you to have as little summer milk as possible, and all the fall, winter, and spring milk that you can possibly make arrangements to have, as these are long prices we pay, and you can afford to feed, build silos, &c. Greenbrier Creamery Co.                                                                                                           

December 12, 1889  Greenbrier Independent vol 24 #28

     At a meeting of the directors of the Greenbrier Creamery Co. on the 11th instant it was decided to at once put a Separator at or near the residence of Mr. Alex. W. Arbuckle; also to place one at or near Falling Spring next summer. They will then have the ground covered from Falling Spring to Second Creek, having out in this distance five Separators.    


January 9, 1890  Greenbrier Independent vol 24 #32

     Falling Spring  We are glad to hear that the Greenbrier Creamery expects to establish a Separator here or near this place. This would be the most central and convenient place in the neighborhood. There is a never failing spring of pure water here, and the rights and privileges to use the same can be had, and besides there are now five and as soon as the bridge is finished there will be six public roads leading to this place. It would be of interest of the people, and to the County as well, to have it at this place.                                                                                                           


January 9, 1890  Greenbrier Independent vol 24 #32

     Mr. Aquilla Lipps now has his staving machine in operation, and is putting up butter tubs for the Greenbrier Creamery. (These tubs might have held 60 lbs. and been made of ash with 5 wooden hoops)                                                                                                        


February 13, 1890  Greenbrier Independent vol 24 #37

     The Creamery Co. has changed its pay day from the 10th to the 20th of the month. The cause for this change was increased business, and to give their book-keeper more time on his monthly accounts. The Company receives more orders for butter now than it can fill.             


February 27, 1890  Greenbrier Independent vol 24 #39

     Water was reported two feet deep in the Creamery ice-house yesterday morning, caused by the recent heavy rains, and the sink hole becoming clogged up.                


March 13, 1890  Greenbrier Independent vol 24 #41

     Last Friday morning was the coldest of the winter, 2 degrees above zero. The Creamery Co. secured 42 wagon loads of ice from an inch and a half to three and a half inches thick.


     Yesterday Constable Cabell, under direction of our town council opened the sink-hole near the Creamery, which will prevent the gathering and standing of a large pond in that hollow. - The hands in digging down came across an old stone wall which some one had built around the sink many years ago                                                                                                                       

May 15, 1890

     As Mr. Charles Donnally was taking a wagon load of butter from the Creamery to Ronceverte, last Thursday evening, the bolt-pin came out and let one side of the shaft down on the horse's legs. This frightened the horse and tarted him to kicking and running. - He finally upset the wagon and threw Mr. Donnally and the butter out of the road. There was no damage done further than to bring the Creamery butter down for a short time.                                                                     Greenbrier Independent vol 24 #50


March 22, 1894  Greenbrier Independent vol 28 #43

     Get your cows ready. We hear that the Greenbrier Creamery Co. are now arranging to build a house and put in machinery for another separator at or near Wm. Neal's, in the Richlands. We like to see this step taken. It is the only enterprise we have that pays well and puts money in the hands of our farmers every month. It should be encouraged well by the farmers.    


November 7, 1898  Deed 52-460

     James McWhorter, Greenbrier Creamery President, conveys property to Ernest and Wm. Echols for $400: “. . . . . . all that part of what was known as the “Mill Lot” lying West of the East wall of the Creamery Building . . . reserves the right to remove their machinery out of the buildings. . . . “

                                                                                                                                    February 23, 1899  Greenbrier Independent Vol 33 no. 33 p.3

. . . The building with all its costly machinery and contents, including about 1,500 bushels of grain, together with the Creamery building, immediately adjoining, was soon a mass of ruins, bringing to the owners of the mill a loss of between four and five thousand dollars, and to the owners of the Creamery building, Messrs. William and Ernest Echols – a loss of about $400. They succeeded in saving all the Creamery machinery except the churn . . .                                   


March 8, 1899    The Weekly Register Pt. Pleasant 3/8/1899 p4

     Lewisburg is again the victim of another disastrous fire, this time resulting in the destruction of the roller process flouring mill of Messrs. Dunbar, Alderson & Co., and the Lewisburg Creamery Company's plant. There were about 1,500 bushels of wheat in the mill at the time. Insurance, $1,500. The fire occurred at five o'clock in the morning and is known to be the work of an incendiary.


May 25, 1899  Greenbrier Independent Vol 34 #1

     Having bought the Creamery eight-horse engine and a new French Burr corn-mill, I am prepared to grind the best of table meal and all kinds of feed. Will keep meal on hand to exchange for corn, at my shop.

        Aquilla Lipps