Available for your reading pleasure is the Lincoln High Newsletter circulated by Kent Vasby. Vasby’s wife is a member of the class of 1965, as are many of the contributors. In the Newsletter, Vasby suggests topics and often contributors reply based on those topics, or they supply other news. If you would like to see complete print copies, please contact Lori to set up a time to come into the Museum.
An organization called Recollection Wisconsin has given us the opportunity to share our photo collections on their website which is hosted by the Milwaukee Public Library. If you recognize anyone or anything in these photos and can offer us information, please feel free to contact Lori at the Museum. Your assistance is always welcomed.
Lawrence Oliver Photographs
A collection of rural Wisconsin photos taken mid-20th century by Lawrence Oliver of Vesper, Wisconsin.
Don Krohn Photographs
A collection of post-WWII photos taken by Don Krohn when he worked for the Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune.
Cranberry Photo Collection
Selections from our archives, available online from the Wetherby Cranberry Library, Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center.
Cranberry Labels 1906 – 1950s
In the early 1900s, Judge John Gaynor of Wood County, Wis., and a few other cranberry growers were looking for a better way to sell the Wisconsin cranberry crop. Up until this point, the growers were dependent on commission merchants, unscrupulous wholesale buyers of fruits and vegetables who rarely paid the producer what the crop was worth.
In 1906, this group of growers founded the Wisconsin Cranberry Sales Co. and hired Arthur U. Chaney, a wholesale grocer from Des Moines, Iowa, to sell the Wisconsin crop. Some of the first paper barrel labels were produced for the A.U. Chaney Co. and glued to the wooden head of a 100-pound barrel full of cranberries, replacing the use of medal stencils.
Chaney was so successful in selling the 1906 Wisconsin cranberry crop that he was able to convince growers from New Jersey and Massachusetts to join them in 1907. This led to the birth of the National Fruit Exchange. Within a couple of years, Mr. Chaney was able to successfully sell most of the nation’s cranberry crop.
By 1911, Chaney renamed his successful marketing group the American Cranberry Exchange, the second fruit marketing cooperative in the country, following the California citrus fruit growers’ organization.
By this time, Wisconsin cranberry barrel labels took on their distinctive red color, New Jersey cranberry barrel labels took on their own distinctive yellow and the Massachusetts cranberry labels, blue. The Massachusetts cranberry barrel labels also depicted many pilgrim or Thanksgiving themes.
In 1916, Chaney looked to a large advertising agency for help. The ad agency asked Mr. Chaney what he hoped to achieve through an advertising campaign and Mr. Chaney replied, “I would like people to eat more cranberries.” Thus the ad agency came up with the brand “Eatmor Cranberries.”
Beginning in the fall of 1916, the American Cranberry Exchange began marketing Eatmor Cranberries in ladies magazines such as Better Homes & Gardens, Good Housekeeping and Ladies Home Journal.
By the mid-1920s, the barrels full of cranberries were replaced by a wooden 50-pound box. The half- barrel cranberry labels were pasted on one end of the box.
The half-barrel boxes were rather short lived and were replaced by the quarter barrel box, filled with 25 pounds of fresh cranberries. The quarter barrel label was pasted on one end of these boxes and used from the late 1920s until the mid-1950s.
By the late 1940s, fresh cranberries were bagged and sent to market in one-pound high-density polyethylene (HDPE) bags. As of 2020, most of the fresh cranberries continue to be sent to market in plastic bags.
West Coast Half Barrels
Postcard Collection, Nekoosa, Port Edwards and Grand Rapids, East Side ~ click to view.