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The Holstein Creamery was one of the many small little creameries that dotted the Tillamook Valley. It was established in late 1917, at which time it became a member creamery of the Tillamook County Creamery Association.

In this photo from 1938, Hugh Barber, head cheesemaker at the Holstein Creamery, accepts a load of milk from one of the dairy farmers. All of the milk was weighed and tested before it was sent to one of the cheese vats. Tacked by the door was a tally sheet showing the pounds of milk received, which is how a farmer was, and still is, paid for their milk.

The second cheesemaker standing by the vat is monitoring the filling of the vat and the beginning of the cheesemaking process.

The Holstein Creamery was located on Third Street in Tillamook, just east of the fairgrounds. At one point it burned down, a common occurrence at creameries since hot fires were needed to create the steam used to heat the milk. The Holstein Creamery was rebuilt and operated until its owners, along with three other local creameries, merged and created the Tillamook Cheese & Dairy Association. Together with TCCA, the two groups built the new, centrally-located plant, which is still a part of our operating plant today.

The Holstein Creamery was torn down a few years ago.


benjamin barber

Cheesemaker, Dairyman, Family man, Citizen. Born March 31, 1883, Elsworth, Wisconsin, died November 27, 1963, Tillamook, Oregon.

From dairyman, 1903-1905 to Brick cheesemaker under Charley Wiley on the Netarts Sand Spit, to Cheddar making under Guy Ford and Bennet to head maker at Aldervale, Netarts, Mohler, Fairview, Holstein (Enterprise, OR. 1 yr.) to Tillamook Creamery. After retirement sold cheesemaking supplies over Western U.S., did special testing at the Tillamook Creamery Assoc. plant.

Trained many cheesemakers, gave help and tips to any maker asking for help. Introduced separating cream from whey. Brought many prizes and recognition of Tillamook Cheese from Dairy Shows. Many of his medals are on display at the Cheese plant.

Helped in the breeding program of prize Barber Holsteins on farm owned by Hugh and brother Leslie Barber, and operated by Leslie.

Married Annie Ripley, 1908, and after her death, Dorothy Marquam, 1931. He was admired by his children for his quiet ways, good humor, good judgment and fair dealing. His formal schooling ended a few months after eighth grade but he continued to learn throughout his lifetime until he became an expert in cheesemaking and diary cattle breeding.

As a booster of Tillamook county he had a keen interest in promoting programs of advancement, particularly in education, dairy business, and cheesemaking; of Tillamook County and of Oregon interests, over a period of sixty years living and working in Tillamook County.

June 26th, 2011 at 10:43 pm

Tillamook Team

Wow - what an amazing bio! Thanks so much for sharing this, Benjamin. Hugh definitely has a story rich in the dairy industry. We're grateful for all of his contributions to Tillamook!

-Tara of the Tillamook Team

June 27th, 2011 at 5:12 pm

Doug Caldwell

How many of the original cheese factories are still standing? I believe that the Mohler factory is now a winery.

November 10th, 2014 at 5:19 am

Tillamook Team

Hi Doug,
Thanks for your question. You're right, the Mohler Creamery is not Nehalem Bay Winery!
Here's a list of the other original creameries that are still standing and what they are used for now:
-Alder Vale Cheese Factory, privately owned
-Mohler Creamery Association, Nehalem Bay Winery
-Red Clover Creamery, privately owned, possibly used as a furniture warehouse
-East Beaver Cheese Co., privately owned, Uptons
-Beaver Creamery Association, antique shop
-Upper Nestucca Cheese Factory, privately owned
-Hebo Cheese Association, privately owned, I was told it is a house
-Central Cooperative Creamery Co., PUD warehouse

All the best,
Amalya of the Tillamook team

November 11th, 2014 at 10:00 am
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