Wanzer had ten children: Luna, Bertha E., William Bradley, Bessie, Howard Hill, Sidney, Jennie L., Breddie, Arthur Grant, and Charles. They all lived in Chicago.
In November 1948, Wanzer Dairy began publishing the "Wanzer's Kitchen Adventures" magazine with stories and recipes using milk, cream, and other Wanzer products. The magazine's last issue was April 1951.
Carmelita Pope (a Broadway Theatre actress and a pioneer in early television) was a spokesperson for Wanzer Dairy's Television commercials. Pope would hold up a half-gallon carton of milk and say, "Wanzer on milk is like Sterling on silver."
Northshore Milk Distribution Wanzer Truck after the blizzard of 1967.
Photo by Charles Chernawsky
Wanzer was sold to the Borden Dairy Company in the 1970s. In April 1999, Hawthorn Mellody Inc. tried to Trademark "Wanzer Dairy" but failed to complete the request.
|Wanzer Dairy Toy 1953 Ford Milk Truck.|
|Wanzer Milk Box - Holds 4 One Gallon Glass Bottles, 1966|
Wanzer Glass Milk Gallon, 1950s.
100th Anniversary Paper Milk Carton, 1957.
Ever wonder how milk dating began in Chicago, Illinois? We have Al Capone and older brother Ralph to thank.
Compiled by Dr. Neil Gale, Ph.D.
I remember my uncle delivering Wanzer milk with a horse-drawn carriage when I was little (born 1940), until I was 12 or so. I also remember that ad: "Wanzer on milk is like sterling on silver!" Precious memories!ReplyDelete
Thank you for sharing !Delete
MY Dad began delivering Wanzer Milk back with a horse drawn truck. I was too young to remember that but I have several photos of him and his milk truck.ReplyDelete
Rose, please send your Dad's photos to me and I'll include them in the article.Delete
Do you know the names of sidney's grandchildren?Delete
1.Mary Luna Wanzer
2.Bertha Ellen Wanzer m. Amos Ryley - 5 children
3.William Bradley Wanzer. His children Nellie Elma, Alta May, Claribel, Sidney III, Elsie Louise, Phyllis Katherine.
4.Bessie Alta Wanzer m. Frank Peterson
5.Howard Hill Wanzer m. Elma Jane Bridge. His children Evelyn Jane, Howard Stanley, Virginia Eleanor, Lucile Clarinda, Gordan Bradley, Beulah Mary,
6.Sidney Wanzer Jr.
7.Jennifer Lucia Wanzer m. Guy Guernsey
8. Freddie Wanzer (infant death)
9. Arthur Grant Wanzer m. Mabel Elizabeth Smith
"Sam" was our Wanzer man. My grandfather would put me on his shoulders and walk me down that alley on Eberhardt on the South side of Chicago and ride the horse drawn wagon back to the house.ReplyDelete
We lived on 55th@Wentworth in 1950 thru mid 50s I can remember going to the wanzer milk plant for milk with my grandmother then going to the silver cup plant for bread on garfield blv. 55th stReplyDelete
Two great products and memotied! BTW, Butternut Bakery was also in that neighborhood!Delete
I remember milk being delivered to our house in Berwyn in the 70s. I remember Wanzer milk being among he ever-changing brands that were delivered. I hadn't thought of Hawthorne Melody, mentioned in your article, for years. Thanks for the history.ReplyDelete
I went to WGN Studios with a group from school for a Kiddie- A Go-Go show and found out later I was the Wanzer Milk Maid from a cameraman close-up during a commercial break - 1968ReplyDelete
I lived in Wood Dale in the 1960's and remember the Wanzer man delivery in glass bottles left outside our porch door in a cooler a couple times a week. It was a terrific service.ReplyDelete