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At the time of its construction, the 1949 Tillamook cheesemaking plant was considered state of the art. During the dedication ceremony, a few individuals took some time out to reminisce about how cheese used to be made. Standing left to right is Harold Sutton, the new plant’s head cheesemaker; Frank Owens, TCCA’s vice president; George Lawson, TCCA’s secretary-manager; and Merle Jensen, the plant’s superintendent. The four men are comparing an old cheese kettle with the modern cheese vats behind them in the cheesemaking room. Well, they were modern for 1949 at least, but they don’t quite compare to the cheese vats you can see today in our cheesemaking room. The cheese vats today can hold about four times more milk.


David Lawson


I have just discovered through a family tree, that George Lawson was my grandfather!

Do you have anyone I can contact or do you have any more information about him?

Thank you in advance.

Best regards,
David Lawson

January 9th, 2013 at 8:58 am

Tillamook Team

Hi David,
That's fantastic news! Your grandfather was a great part of this company and you should be proud to be related to such a cheesy guy! :) Would you please contact us here with your request for information on him:

All the best,
Amalya, of the Tillamook Team

January 9th, 2013 at 9:13 am

Bonnie Waldier

My gt uncle, Robert Robinson from Ireland to Canada to Columbia County, Oregon was said to have been the cheesemaker who gave the receipe to Tillamook in the early 1900's.
Why is there never any mention of him?

November 2nd, 2013 at 9:18 pm

Tillamook Team

Hi Bonnie,

Thank you for reaching out to us! After searching our records, I haven’t been able to find any mention of Robert Robinson. Our records show that Peter McIntosh brought his expertise to Tillamook in 1894, after learning cheesemaking in Ontario. Although I can’t find information about your great uncle, we’d love to hear about your family’s history with TCCA! Please feel free to contact us here with any stories you’d like to share. If you’re interested in learning more about our history, I encourage you to take a look at our Naturally Aged Story. Thanks again for taking the time to write to us.


Callie, of the Tillamook team

November 7th, 2013 at 11:36 am

Kellie Krause

Do you know if this is the same George Lawson that was the first cheese maker in township of Cary, WI (Pittsville,WI) for the Farmer's Co-operative Cheese and Butter Company of Amelia Inc? Thank you so much

May 23rd, 2017 at 9:01 pm


Tillamook Team

Hi Kellie,

Good question! I asked our historian about this, but it seems unlikely that they were the same person. The George Lawson of Tillamook was born in Scotland in 1892. He then moved to New York and worked in the lumber business until he moved his family to Portland. It is possible that this George Lawson could be the same as the one from WI but we don't have any information indicating he spent time in Pittsville.

I hope that's helpful!

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

May 31st, 2017 at 3:50 pm
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