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Alder Vale Creamery (1940s or 1950s)

In the early days of TCCA, the membership was different. Today, we are a cooperative of family dairy farmers. Back in 1909, when TCCA was organized, it was a cooperative of creameries. The creameries dotted the Tillamook Valley, from north to south and east to west. One such creamery was Alder Vale.

Alder Vale was a tiny little place. It was located in the Nehalem area, which is north of the city of Tillamook. For a period of time, the entire staff at Alder Vale was one cheesemaker, Harold Fogg. Alder Vale received so little milk, cheese sometimes was only made every other day.

Alder Vale existed prior to joining TCCA, but it doesn’t show up on TCCA’s annual report until 1915. This photo of the little creamery was taken later, perhaps late 1940s or early 1950s. You can see that a farmer is delivering his milk. Milk was still being dropped off in cans at that time, although the transportation method was by truck instead of horse and wagon.


Bill Helwig

Does anybody remember where the Alder Vale Creamery was? Exactly?

August 21st, 2013 at 4:06 pm

Tillamook Team

Hi Bill,

Thanks for the question! The Alder Vale Creamery was in the Nehalem area, near the intersection of Highway 53 and North Fork Road. Please let me know if you have more questions!

All the best,

Callie, of the Tillamook team

August 26th, 2013 at 12:15 pm

Bill Helwig

Can you help me locate a few others? Miami, Long Prairie, Upper Nestucca, Cold Springs and Sandlake to be specific. Thanks for your help.

May 1st, 2014 at 10:45 pm


Alder Vale became a private home and had a sign on it (maybe still does) saying Alder Vale. It's on North Fork Road, on the E side, just off of the Hwy 53 junction.

January 19th, 2015 at 4:49 pm

Tillamook Team

Hi Marci,
Thanks for your comment and sharing some more details with us here on the blog :)
We're so lucky to have the history that we do! I love looking through old photos and piecing together our 100+ years of history.

All the best,
Amalya of the Tillamook team

January 23rd, 2015 at 9:11 am
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