FORGOTTEN PAST OF ADAMS COUNTY, VOL. II
In 1909 Adams County welcomed a new family to the pages of history. This family was the Ralph S. and Jean F. McIntosh, and their three children, Martha, Charles Roy, and Varner. They came to Adams County from Beaver Creek in hopes to do well with a dairy farm. Back in 1903, Ralph McIntosh bought the dairy land from Richard Morris for an unknown sum. In 1909 the McIntosh family moved to the new land by means of horse and covered wagon. The first two cows for the dairy were shipped from Beaver Creek on the railroad. After getting a home established on the property, the family started selling cream and butter to their neighbors.
Little background shows that Martha was a teacher at Branter School, which was located at the corner of Riverdale Road and Henderson Road (Adams County Golf Course), and Varner moved to Seattle, Washington.
In 1917, at the age of 24, Charles Roy married Lillian-- of -- The new couple lived and shared the property with their parents until 1927 when Charles and Lillian purchased the dairy from Ralph and Jean
for a price of $25,000.00. Lillian gave birth to five sons. The first son died at the age of 6 months. The other four sons grew to be healthy, and able to help with the dairy. The names of the four sons are John, Harold, David and Robin.
In 1924, two houses were built on the property, and in 1943 two more houses were built along with seven small buildings, including a cow barn, milk house, and a chicken house.
The dairy eventually grew, and in 1971 or 1972, the McIntosh brothers (John, David and Robin) took over the land by subdividing it and paying their father for the land.
Today the dairy cares for 475 dairy cows, milking twice daily. The dairys only customer is the Empire Dairy Association, to which they ship 30,000 pounds of milk every other day. The farm consists of 83.8 acres, 35 of which are presently irrigated, and 48.8 are dry land.
Charles Roy McIntosh
Mr. and Mrs. David Mcintosh
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