DURHAM DAIRY PRODUCTS

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DURHAM DAIRY PRODUCTS

508
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Durham
NC
Built in
1927
/ Demolished in
1971
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  • Submitted by Anonymous on Wednesday, March 26, 2008 - 12:17pm

    As a child (late 60's) we would go to the Dairy Bar at Durham Dairy Products after Church at Duke Memorial and get ice cream.

    DTD

  • Submitted by Anonymous on Wednesday, March 26, 2008 - 1:39pm

    So shocked that it's now a church parking lot!

    It looks like it was expanded (the rear was raised to two stories) between the two photos.

  • Submitted by Marsosudiro on Wednesday, March 26, 2008 - 4:59pm

    "Cheese - milk's leap toward immortality." Clifton Fadiman, US author, editor, & radio host (1904 - 1999)

  • Submitted by RWE on Thursday, April 3, 2008 - 8:29pm

    It's interesting that one of these shots shows the Chesterfield building being constructed next to an intact (4-story) Old Cigarette Factory. One of the primary reasons that the National Park Service gave in denying BDV's proposal to rebuild the top two stories of OCF was that this situation never existed. Do you know if OCF was lowered simultaneously with construction of Chesterfield?

  • Submitted by Gary on Thursday, April 3, 2008 - 9:24pm

    Nice pickup, Rob. I've been meaning to go back and add these aerial shots to my New and Old Cigarette Factory posts. I also have another shot taken from the NCF looking east into downtown - with an intact OCF. I think the answer to your question is no - not simultaneously. I haven't seen a side-by-side, clearly completed NCF and intact OCF, so I would imagine it didn't stay that way for long.

    GK

  • Submitted by DFPope on Friday, September 2, 2011 - 2:00am

    I remember so well in the late 60's and early 70's going to the Durham Dairy on Wednesday afternoons after school and before choir practice for ice cream. I loved sitting at the counter, spinning on the stools while eating ice cream with my friends. Those were the days.

  • Submitted by ep on Saturday, April 28, 2012 - 9:49pm

    When I was a child, the Durham Dairy was a weekly stop on Sunday evenings as part of our family "drive" (for young readers, this is what families used to do for entertainment - take drives around town :-)

    We would park, go in to the counter and then return to the car with our ice cream.  After my Father finished his, we would then drive around Durham while the rest of us finished our ice cream.

    I had no idea as a young child that the reason we took that ice cream to the car was because the Durham Dairy was segregated and being an African American family, we were not allowed to eat our ice cream on the premises.

    I was shocked to learn as an adult how my parents had been so artful in sparing this ugly truth from me and my younger siblings. Apparently, my older siblings knew.

    Regardless of this not so wonderful part of its history, the Durham Dairy provides fond memories of family time spent together.

  • Submitted by Miles Honeycutt on Sunday, February 17, 2013 - 11:09am

    I just found a little half pint bottle that has "Durham Dairy Products, Inc." etched on it. Pretty cool. My house was built in 1927; who knows what year it could have been from. I'll keep it since it's so unique.

  • Submitted by Chester Bullock on Sunday, March 3, 2013 - 7:12am

    I just found pint bottle in wilson co in woods Says durham dairy products inc also gold seal dairy foods duraglas 18>5 big D on bottom

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  • Mon, 09/19/2011 - 9:32pm by gary

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35° 59' 52.5156" N, 78° 54' 34.3368" W

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508
,
Durham
NC
Built in
1927
/ Demolished in
1971
Construction type: 
,
Neighborhood: 
Use: 
,

 


(Courtesy Durham County Library / North Carolina Collection)

I can't help but quote from the quirky little book "Durham and Her People" about Durham Dairy Products:

"Durham's era of modern dairy service started January 10, 1927, when Durham Dairy products made its first delivery. Almost overnight the community began a march of dairy progress which today rates as 'outstanding' in the South."

I'm not sure how one defines "dairy progress" (milk -> yogurt?) but you can get a sense that milk delivery was a big deal - and why not? Someone showing up at your doorstep in the city with fresh milk for the morning? What a modern convenience for city folk.

durhamdairy_1930s.jpg

Durham Dairy, 1930s

(Courtesy Gladys Glenn)


Looking east, 1948, at Durham Dairy on Memorial Street, with milk trucks parked at the back of the lot.
(Courtesy The Herald-Sun Newspaper


Durham Dairy, 1949.

The book goes on to note that Durham had been pining for "dairy service" and the Chamber of Commerce casting about to try to find some "experienced dairymen". Through the recruiting efforts of ET Rollins (of the Herald Sun) and RE Dillard ("agriculture leader") they were able to recruit CB Martin and VJ Ashbaugh, both graduates of the dairy school at Cornell University.

Durham Dairy appears to have kept going strong into the 1960s, and the building, at least, was still around in 1964. However, milk delivery had started to decline with changing shopping patterns and the rise of supermarkets, widespread car use, etc.

DurhamDairy_Chesterfield_1971.jpg

Durham Dairy trucks, 1971

(Courtesy Karl Stauber)

I'm not sure when the building was demolished, although it seems to have been gone by the 1980s - it could have been torn down much earlier - I just don't have documentation. It's now a parking lot for Duke Memorial Methodist


Looking northwest from Memorial Street, 12.09.07

Comments

As a child (late 60's) we would go to the Dairy Bar at Durham Dairy Products after Church at Duke Memorial and get ice cream.

DTD

So shocked that it's now a church parking lot!

It looks like it was expanded (the rear was raised to two stories) between the two photos.

"Cheese - milk's leap toward immortality." Clifton Fadiman, US author, editor, & radio host (1904 - 1999)

It's interesting that one of these shots shows the Chesterfield building being constructed next to an intact (4-story) Old Cigarette Factory. One of the primary reasons that the National Park Service gave in denying BDV's proposal to rebuild the top two stories of OCF was that this situation never existed. Do you know if OCF was lowered simultaneously with construction of Chesterfield?

Nice pickup, Rob. I've been meaning to go back and add these aerial shots to my New and Old Cigarette Factory posts. I also have another shot taken from the NCF looking east into downtown - with an intact OCF. I think the answer to your question is no - not simultaneously. I haven't seen a side-by-side, clearly completed NCF and intact OCF, so I would imagine it didn't stay that way for long.

GK

I remember so well in the late 60's and early 70's going to the Durham Dairy on Wednesday afternoons after school and before choir practice for ice cream. I loved sitting at the counter, spinning on the stools while eating ice cream with my friends. Those were the days.

When I was a child, the Durham Dairy was a weekly stop on Sunday evenings as part of our family "drive" (for young readers, this is what families used to do for entertainment - take drives around town :-)

We would park, go in to the counter and then return to the car with our ice cream.  After my Father finished his, we would then drive around Durham while the rest of us finished our ice cream.

I had no idea as a young child that the reason we took that ice cream to the car was because the Durham Dairy was segregated and being an African American family, we were not allowed to eat our ice cream on the premises.

I was shocked to learn as an adult how my parents had been so artful in sparing this ugly truth from me and my younger siblings. Apparently, my older siblings knew.

Regardless of this not so wonderful part of its history, the Durham Dairy provides fond memories of family time spent together.

I just found a little half pint bottle that has "Durham Dairy Products, Inc." etched on it. Pretty cool. My house was built in 1927; who knows what year it could have been from. I'll keep it since it's so unique.

I just found pint bottle in wilson co in woods Says durham dairy products inc also gold seal dairy foods duraglas 18>5 big D on bottom

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