Wisconsin History Day By Day

Related Web Sites:
Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board

The Chronology of Hoard's Historic Milestones

The Father of Modern Dairying

History of Cheesemaking in Wisconsin

Read More About It

"Dairy Country" by Lynn Stone

"Dairying in Wisconsin" by the Wisconsin Historical Society



Interesting Fact:

In 1890, the nation's first dairy school is created at the University of Wisconsin.

Study Questions:

  • What were some of the reasons why Wisconsin farmers moved to dairying?
  • What was the purpose of the Wisconsin Dairyman's Association?
  • Where does Wisconsin rank today in dairy production?

    Search these newspaper databases for additional stories about the Wisconsin Dairyman's Association:

  • Newspapers on BadgerLink
  • Wisconsin Historical Society

    U.S. historical events that occurred on February 15:

    1898: The U.S. battleship Maine blows up in the harbor at Havana, Cuba, killing 260 crew members.
    1933: The mayor of Chicago, Anton J. Cermak, is shot in Miami and dies several weeks later. President-elect Franklin Roosevelt narrowly escapes the assassin's bullets.

  • February 15

    February 15, 1872: The Wisconsin Dairyman's Association was organized in Watertown at the suggestion of W.D. Hoard. The formation of the association marked the start of commercial dairying as a serious farm enterprise in Wisconsin. By 1915, Wisconsin was the leading dairy state in the nation.

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