• Dean Foods Nearing Completion 1946

    Mabel Mackeben

    An exterior photograph of the new Dean Food milk plant in Huntley as it nears completion in 1946. The plant was the first new milk factory built in town since the 1920s. It operated at the Mill Street…

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  • Dean Foods Grand Opening June 1946

    Mabel Mackeben

    The interior of Dean Foods' Huntley plant was opened to the public for its grand opening on June 22, 1946.

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  • Cornell Milk Factory

    This facility at Church and Mill streets had been the Cornell Brothers Milk Factory from 1907 until about 1915. The Jelke Milk Company took over the building about 1915 and the second tower was built…

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  • Alfred Swanson Family

    Anna (1882-1947) and Alfred (1882-1977) Swanson are shown with their children, daughter Mabel (1908-1994), and sons Percy and Alve. The Swansons were long-time Huntley area farmers.

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  • Norma Garlieb

    Swanson-Mackaben Family

    Norma (Ahrens) Garlieb was born in Huntley in 1912. She was a lifelong Huntley resident and an active member of the First Congregational Church of Huntley. She married Henry Garlieb in 1936. Norma Gar…

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  • Godfrey Olson

    Godfrey Olson (1882-1966) was born in Sweden and came to the United States in 1906. He and his brother Knute farmed in the area north of Huntley until Godfrey retired in 1956. Godfrey became a United…

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  • John F. Jelke Company Circa 1915

    The Jelke Condensed Milk Factory moved to the Mill and Church streets location about 1915, after Cornell Brothers Milk Factory company moved out. John F. Jelke Co., Condensed Milk Factory, Huntley, IL…

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  • Dean Foods Factory Under Construction 1945-1946

    Mabel Mackeben

    Dean Foods Company milk factory, built in Huntley in 1946, was the first new milk processing plant in town since the 1920's. Situated along Mill Street, the plant produced milk in cartons and jugs for…

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  • Frances Hartman

    Frances Hartman (1921-2012) is shown in her Huntley school photo in March 1937. She was a member of the 1939 graduating class. She was born November 20, 1921, the daughter of William and Olga Hartman…

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  • Dean Foods Factory Construction 1945

    Mabel Mackeben

    Dean Foods Company milk factory, built in Huntley in 1946, was the first new milk processing plant in town since the 1920's. Situated along Mill Street, the plant produced milk in cartons and jugs for…

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  • Alfred Swanson Family Farm

    Swanson-Mackaben Family

    Early Huntley area farmers Alfred (1882-1977) and his wife Anna (1882-1947) are shown at their home on Marengo Road about four miles west of Huntley. Their children Mabel (1908-1994) and sons Percy an…

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  • Dean Foods Grand Opening 1946

    Mabel Mackeben

    The interior of the Dean Food milk plant in Huntley is shown on its opening day on June 22, 1946.

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  • Alfred and Anna Swanson Wedding

    S. V. Morrell, Elgin, IL

    Alfred and Anna Swanson were married February 26, 1907, and farmed near Huntley their entire married life. They had three children, Mabel, Percy and Alve. Their wedding attendants were Amanda Akerberg…

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  • Brothers Godfrey and Knute Olson 1950

    Longtime Huntley farmers Knute (1878-1952) and Godfrey (1882-1966) Olson are shown in 1950. They came to the United States in 1906 and farmed until their retirement. They are buried in the Huntley Cem…

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  • Daniel Duff

    Daniel Duff was born in Dooly, Perthshire, Scotland, June 9, 1818. He came to America in 1836, settling in Florida, where he joined the army to fight in the Seminole War. He later settled in Chicago,…

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  • Brothers Godfrey and Knute Olson circa 1910

    Brothers Godfrey (1882-1966) and Knute A. (1878-1952) Olson came to the United States from Sweden in 1906 and took up farming north of Huntley. Godfrey became a US citizen in 1931. He farmed until his…

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  • Jelke Good Luck Margarine Float

    Jelke Condensed Milk Factory in Huntley also made Good Luck Margarine. John F. Jelke (born 1856) was an early pioneer of the margarine industry. His float in a Huntley parade around 1915 promoted his…

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  • Alva Ritz

    Swanson-Mackaben Family

    Alva Ritz (1874-1950) was the last Huntley area resident to give up the horse-drawn carriage in favor of an engine-driven vehicle. Alva, or Alvie, as he was also known, was married to Matie Davis (187…

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  • Devine Cheese Factory Letter

    Solomon Gage

    This original letter was written by Solomon Gage who owned property in southwestern Rutland Township as early as 1870. Gage is asking Huntley businessman William Devine to repay a loan, as Gage wants…

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  • Dean Foods Factory Grand Opening Celebration

    Mabel Mackeben

    Gladys Maushak, left, Margaret Laue, center, and Louise Schoof, right, enjoy eating ice cream cones in Huntley's town square park as part of Dean Foods' milk plant grand opening celebration on June 22…

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