Meghan G.

Plaster Rock, New Brunswick

Anglophone East Regional Heritage Fair (Hopewell Cape)

Dairy to Doorstep - The History of the Tobique View Dairy

My project describes the history of the Tobique View Dairy.  The Dairy belonged to Allison Smith of Three Brooks, New Brunswick.  It was the first dairy in the Maritimes to haul bulk milk.



What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

The most interesting thing I learned about my topic was how much work and technology was/is involved in getting milk from farms to our refrigerators. Dairy farmers and milk suppliers are an important part of our heritage and of our future. Allison Smith and Gary Smith are important to our heritage because of the innovations they developed at their Tobique View Dairy.

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

I learned that milk used to be delivered to your doorstep by a Milkman! Gary Smith, son of Allison Smith was a milkman in the Plaster Rock area. I also learned about the processes involved in milk production and delivery. The Tobique View Dairy was innovative and their technologies were ahead of the times!

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

My life today is quite different from the Smith family. They were busy every day collecting milk, processing milk,sterilizing bottles and delivering milk. They also had to maintain all of their equipment. I am a student at Tobique Valley Middle High School who can go to a store to buy milk. I appreciate being able to do that more now!