My great-grandmother Kathleen (Graham) Boe worked for the Pevely Dairy in St. Louis, Missouri. According to Boe (Bø) and Halvorson-Otterholt: Shared Roots in Telemark, compiled by Melvin and Alpha (Boe) Broadshaug, Kathleen worked for the dairy in a public relations capacity. The 1930 United States Census shows her as working as Educational Director for a dairy company.
Kathleen Boe household. 1930 United States Census, St. Louis City, Missouri, Ward 14 (part), population schedule, enumeration district 96-496, sheet no. 3A.
Kathleen filed a patent for a design for a scorecard on 4 April 1927, and the patent was granted on 16 October 1928. The design included milk bottles, so it is likely that she created it while working for the Pevely Dairy.
Boe, Kathleen. Design for a Score Card.Patent USD76601. Application filed 4 April 1927. Patented 16 October 1928. Available from http://www.google.com/patents/USD76601.
My mother told me that Kathleen was responsible for the introduction of milk into the St. Louis public schools. During the Great Depression, free milk programs were established in the St. Louis Public Schools. These are probably the programs that Kathleen was involved with.
The Peveley Dairy was founded in 1887 by Martin W. Kerckhoff. It was originally located at 1312 South Seventh Street. In 1903, a three-story building was erected at 3301 Park Avenue. In 1916, the plant on the corner of Chouteau Avenue and Grand Boulevard was constructed. Its eight acres of property included the company's headquarters, a dairy production facility, a soda fountain, and a stable for the horses which were used to deliver milk by wagon. In the 1940s, Pevely Dairy had more than 350 milk delivery routes. Pevely Dairy was purchased by Prairie Farms in 1989. The factory was closed in 2008. The dairy complex was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. St. Louis University purchased the property in August 2011, and began demolition in 2012.
Photograph of marquee sign on the Pevely Dairy Company Plant office building (viewed looking west) at 1001 S. Grand Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri. 4 March 2012. By Poroubalous (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)]. Available from Wikimedia Commons.
Photograph of a detail sign on the Pevely Dairy Company Plant office building (viewed looking west) at 1001 S. Grand Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri. 4 March 2012. By Poroubalous (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)]. Available from Wikimedia Commons.
Pevely Dairy Company Plant
Prairie Farms Closes Pevely Plant. (December 2008). Dairy Foods, 109(12), 14.
Remembering the Pevely Legacy
The History of One Dairy Plant. (April 1919). The Milk Dealer, 8, 68.