93. Cream can

93 - Cream Can

ca. 1940’s

La Crete Mennonite Heritage Village

In the 1940s far more cream was being produced in the La Crete area then there was demand for. One day Abraham Bergen had the idea to send his can of cream to the Peace River Creamery on the riverboat. Jack O’Sullivan, the captain of the boat was skeptical, but the creamery not only accepted the cream but asked if they could have more. Soon many of the farmers in the area were shipping cream to Peace River by boat.

This can was owned by Jacob C. Wolfe. Everyone’s cream cans had their name painted on the side to ensure that they got their cans back. For many people cream shipping was the only cash income, therefore, it was very important for the people of the area.