The Page Family:

3510 Brookside Road, Ottawa Hills, OH:


Earl Lehman · 2010-07-05 at 6:55 pm

I came across a smaller milk can on my grandfather’s farm. His name was W. Scoot Bigony, Baltimore Ohio. There’s a brass tag on the lid with his name, Thornville, Ohio route 3, the number 11, and number 14659 and what looks like B&O on the lower left of the tag it says The Page Dairy, Mansfield,Ohio. I’m wondering if the milk was shipped by rail.

Tom Page · 2010-07-11 at 5:44 pm

Thank you for your inquiry concerning the milk can you found. You are correct, originally milk was shipped to the different dairy locations via rail and in milk cans. In the early years of the dairy there was no refrigerated trucks, nor refrigerated tanker rail cars. There was refrigerated or block ice rail box cars. That is probably how it was shipped from Baltimore Ohio to Mansfield. The milk that was sent to the Mansfield plant was probably made into butter as that was the main butter plant for the Page Dairy. Also the milk sometimes was processed at the Mansfield plant then shipped to the main dairy location in Toledo Ohio. Again, thanks, for your inquiry.

Tom Page · 2010-08-02 at 9:01 am

Hi Ken,

Thank you for your comment on the Page Dairy website. We will look at putting up the pictures of the different locations. There were five plant locations total. The main processing plant was in Toledo and the second largest plant was in Mansfield. Besides milk both of the plants were known for butter processing, ice cream, cottage cheese etc. The other three locations were Bluffton, Whitehouse and Weston, Michigan. These three plants were milk condensing plants which went back a few generations in the Page ancestry.

Thanks for your comment and if you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

chuck martin · 2010-10-30 at 11:21 pm

Hi Tom!
I have a package of Page Playing Cards. Could you tell me anything about them? I bought them in a box at a yard sale a few years ago. They’re in pretty good shape.
Thanks, Take Care, Chuck Martin

Tom Page · 2010-10-31 at 7:48 am

Hi Chuck, for the playing cards, see some of them pictured above, the older ones, like the kleen maid, are more collectible then the ones with the dogs on them. The cards were giving out a promotional items and as Christmas gifts over the years that the dairy was in business. If it is a full deck, you should have one card that shows the different plants of the Page Dairy. I see these decks sell on ebay, and if in good shape I have seen a deck go for $50 to $100 and sometimes more.

Walt Waholek · 2010-11-09 at 12:08 am

Hello! Great site. If you know anything of an A&P connection (The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Co.) with Page’s we would appreciate any information. In our archive we have an advertising card about the size of an postal card that states, ‘First Again’ A&P leads the way by reducing milk prices. Page’s Sweet MILK now Quart 7 1/2 Cents at A&P Food Stores.

The reverse speaks of the Northeastern Cooperative Dairyman’s Association trying to persuade the Page Co. not to sell milk to the A&P in Toledo.

We do not know the accurate date of this advertising. We have a few Page bottles on display with the card stock ad. We assume by the price it is 20s or 30s. We would like permission to download some of your period pictures to place with an extended exhibit on A&P Milk and dairy processing

Thank you for your time, and again a very informative and interesting site.

Walt Waholek President, A&P Historical Society

Ty M. Brunt · 2010-12-11 at 2:39 am

Hi. This is a wonderful site. My great grandfather retired from the Toledo dairy, That is the reason I collect Page Dairy items. The pictures you have give me a idea on what items I still do not have in my collection. I met one of the Page family a couple of years ago when I put a ice cream carton on Ebay. It is a pleasure to have a site to go to that might clear up a lot of history for me.


Johnny Wheeler · 2010-12-12 at 11:13 am

Great site you have here. I found a picture of a 1920 gold medal creamery cap your pictures. Wish I had some idea of what it might be worth.

Jim Stehle · 2011-04-25 at 11:46 am

Wow, what fun it is to see all of the Page memorabilia on your web site.I worked at the Mansfield plant from 1953 to 1972. the best job I ever had.I then went to work for Smith Dairy.Retiring in 1999.It’s fun to see some of the names that I recognize from those days.That is where I met my wife of 57 years.To answer to Ernie McFadden’s question about no back doors on the home delivery trucks,I believe it was because Mr. Page did not want the kids hanging on to the back door handles and falling off.The door handles on the mansfield home delivery trucks were removed for that very reason .

doug hedrick · 2011-05-24 at 10:21 pm

I found a 10 to 15 gal.milk can today. It has a brass id tag on it page dairy. Very old

Carol DeShone · 2011-07-04 at 11:10 am

Hi! I have a milk can and was wondering if anyone could tell me anything about it. It has a tag on the lid that says Saline Route L Barbley Milan The Page Dairy Comp Toledo Ohio #25178. I would like to know some history and what this might be worth. Thank you for your time and the great web site.

Tom Page · 2011-07-08 at 11:17 am

Hi Doug and Carol.

As far as the milk cans are concerned it is hard to say what they are worth, the best way is to go out on the auction websites and see what they go for. The brass ID tags were used by the dairy to identify the can for inventory purposes and most of the cans in the early 1900s were used to carry the milk and cream from the farms to the dairy as refrigerated tanker trucks did not exist until the 40s. Some of the cans were specific to a dairy farm, and I believe that is what you have Carol. There are a lot of larger cans still around and they are not as popular as the odd size cans (one gallon, three gallon etc).

Sorry I cannot help you further on what they might be worth.

Thanks, Tom

sharon worth · 2011-07-09 at 5:16 pm

I recently received a large milk can. It has the brass tags on the lid that says “Mt, GILEAD ROUTE 17 WMFGFESSM 31. In the lower left corner its stamped “THE PAGE DAIRY COMPANY, MANSFIELD, OHIO. Beside it the number 941. I was wondering if you could tell me anything about it as I am from Ohio also.

admin · 2011-07-13 at 7:25 am

The brass ID tags were used by the dairy to identify the can for inventory purposes and most of the cans in the early 1900s were used to carry the milk and cream from the farms to the dairy as refrigerated tanker trucks did not exist until the 40s. Some of the cans were specific to a dairy farm. There are a lot of larger cans still around and they are not as popular as the odd size cans (one gallon, three gallon etc). Hope that helps! Tom

Jim Stehle · 2011-08-29 at 12:07 pm

Great site.I worked at the Mansfield plant from 1953 untill 1972.Best job I ever had.When the plant was closing I went to work for Smith Dairy untill retiring in April 1999.I took a picture of an old 5 1/2 lb. Page cottage cheese carton I have.I will try to send you a copy if any one would like to see it.

Thanks, Jim

Becky Miller-Kromer · 2011-09-28 at 4:17 pm

My grandmother, Stella Sullinger and my father Edward Miller worked at the Mansfield Plant for most of their lives! I have been keeping an eye on e-bay for collectables. I had no idea so many existed!

Thanks for the web site!

admin · 2011-09-28 at 5:15 pm

We continue to be surprised by the number of items that still are available and in good shape. Glad you enjoy the site!

Carroll McCune · 2011-11-19 at 8:49 pm

My grandfather Darwin George Cordrey worked as a refrigerated truck driver from 1917 through at least 1929. There is no record of him after this point. although he may have continued his service in Whitehouse, Toledo, or Weston, MI for many years forward. Does the dairy have a personnel archive, paper copy or digitized that can be searched for employee information? Thanks.

Ann Albright · 2012-07-04 at 6:18 am

I just purchased a building at 101 Wabash, Toledo, Oh. An old picture shows it as The Ohio Dairy Co.
I’m wondering if you could give me some information about that location. Was that the location of the fire?
When did the Ohio Dairy Co. become the Page Dairy.
Thank you for your time.
Ann Albright, president
Swan Creek Candle Co.

admin · 2012-07-09 at 2:15 pm

Henry A. Page Sr. was the president in 1905 of the Ohio Dairy Company, formerly located at the corner of Erie and Orange streets in Toledo. In 1913 he established the Page Dairy. I’m not sure of the dates of the Ohio Dairy. Tom was the keeper of the memorabilia, and he passed away in December. We will see what we can find for you.

Thanks for writing!

Eileen Herron · 2012-09-24 at 12:40 am

Eileen Herron

admin · 2012-10-13 at 12:44 pm

We do not have any for sale, but check e-bay. Frequently there are bottles and other items for sale.

Thank you for your interest!

Tim Noethen · 2012-10-22 at 9:07 pm

Do you have any Scheffert Bros Dairy Milk Bottles? Also any other items from Scheffert Bros Dairy. My grandfather was Albert and my Uncle Ed was the delivery person. I am interested in anything.



admin · 2012-10-23 at 8:51 pm

I checked our collection, but we do not have any bottles from Scheffert Brothers Dairy. Good luck with your search!

Janet · 2012-12-03 at 5:04 pm

I have a “Baby’s Record” Booklet, on facing page it reads “With Best Wishes frome the Page Dairy Co.” illustrations by ?
M. Burd. It has sveral pages where the proud parents could record birthdate, siblings names and milestones etc. Illustrations seem to be from the 1920 or ’30’s. Any idea of publication date?? I did not see one of these in your Collectibles pages.

admin · 2012-12-03 at 5:45 pm

Thank you for your post! I just added our “Baby’s Record” book to our site. It is now the first picture on the first of four pages in the collectible gallery. I’m not sure how we missed putting that on the site. I’m wondering if this is the same as yours or if it is different. The one we have says “Compliments of the Page Dairy Co” not “With Best Wishes,” though your description of the book sounds very much the same. I do not know of the publication date, but I agree with you that it looks like it is from the ’20s or ’30s. I’m anxious to hear if yours is the same.


James · 2013-01-27 at 10:34 am

Just acquired a deck of the “Milk Maid 2” playing cards (one card missing) in near mont condition. I was wondering what era do these cards date from?

admin · 2013-01-27 at 4:21 pm

While I don’t know for sure, my guess is that the cards are from the mid to late 1920s. Our decks have cards with the pictures of the five Page plants: Toledo, Whitehouse opened in 1917; Mansfield (1921); Weston (1922) and Bluffton (1919). One has a bridge “Table of Points” card revised in 1926. With the Kleen-Maid brand and old Page logo, that would be my best guess. Hope that helps.


James · 2013-02-25 at 11:34 am

After doing some more research on how playing cards are dated, I have determined that the “Mild Maid #1” is dated from 1916, and “Milk Maid #2” is dated 1931. I just acquired the “Milk Maid #1” deck in very good condition over the weekend.

Dennis · 2013-03-20 at 6:39 pm

Im wondering my wife grandmother gave two wooden chair with metal sing in it, you have in your pictures above. Can you tell me if or what the value would be ?

admin · 2013-03-22 at 8:07 am

We also have a few chairs, but do not know the value. They were used in the lunch room at the dairy during its operation. We have an old picture of the chairs in use at Camp Miakonda, and we use ours occasionally. They are great conversation starters!

Hope that helps!

Janice Broussard Coari · 2013-05-15 at 12:06 pm

In 1917 my Great Great Uncle worked as a laborer for the Toledo Dairy Company, which I am assuming became the Page Dairy. Would this be possibly one and the same Dairy ? THANKS for any light you can shed !
Loved the photos and website !

Sher · 2013-05-19 at 10:04 am

I have a glass container that is 7 1/2″ wide and 7″ tall it is marked property of The P.D Company Toledo Ohio. Could you tell me anything about it.

admin · 2013-05-19 at 1:19 pm

Any ideas any one? Do you have a picture?

Abby · 2013-05-20 at 2:38 pm

I found a Page’s milk bottle. The raised letters are printed. PAGE’S on the side and twice on the bottom. It is a one pint bottle. Along the bottom front is “ONE PINT LIQUID” and “REGISTERED”. All the photos show the writing in cursive?
Any ideas as to the value?
Also on the bottom is 1 (triangle shape with some mark inside) 41


admin · 2013-05-20 at 2:58 pm

I’m not sure of the value. Are there any bottle collectors who have purchased recently that know?

Thanks for your comment!

admin · 2013-05-20 at 4:34 pm

Here is a link to pictures of the glass container. Any ideas anyone?

Doug Smith · 2014-10-13 at 1:00 pm

I remember our milkman from Page. We lived in the 3100 Block of Summit St in Toledo. His name was Poling. We called him Rosey. What a nice man. I remember in the 50’s that when he delivered milk, my grandmother had a cup of coffee for him. His son went on to be a news broadcaster nationally for CBS, Doug Poling. I remember him well.

admin · 2014-10-13 at 4:20 pm

Thank you for sharing!

Tammy Pruiett · 2015-02-17 at 10:20 pm

Hi, We came across an old Pint size Milk Bottle, with the paper buttermilk cap still in the Top. the bottle says Kleen Maid on the Front, under Page. The bottom has an emblem with a P on it. I have Looked everywhere, and cannot find one like it. We are in NC, so it as traveled a long ways and was taken care of. I would really like to find out the age of the bottle. Thanks for your help, Tammy

admin · 2015-02-18 at 12:32 pm

Kleen-Maid is generally from the 1910s and 1920s. At one time I was told that the numbers on the bottom of the bottle was the date it was produced. See if the bottle has numbers that might correlate. Kleen-Maid was definitely the early brand name that the dairy used. I will post your inquiry on the Page Dairy Facebook page and see what conversation develops. Hope that helps! Thanks for your interest!

Ignatius Turiczek · 2015-02-20 at 3:08 pm

I have a Page’s one quart milk bottle, and there is a baby’s face at the top of
the neck. On the bottle it says for mothers who care, and on the other side
there is a waiter carrying a tray with a bottle and glass atop. Is this bottle
worth anything? The printing is orange colored.

admin · 2015-02-20 at 5:30 pm

The baby face bottles are more rare than the regular ones. We have a similar one, with orange print. The front says: “Page’s for mothers who care. Since 1899.” On the back, it says: “Protect their health with Page’s milk. Wash and return daily.” There must have been a series of bottles with different advertising messages. It is hard to give a value on it, but if you watch ebay, some of the items go for a lot of money! Come to think of it, though, the Toledo Page Dairy has only been in business since 1913….so this probably is not a bottle from Toledo. I wish our experts were still around to answer these questions…..we miss them.

Sharon · 2015-07-25 at 10:27 am

i recently acquired a milk can. On the front says The Page Milk Company , Shelbyville IN. Any history? I can’t find any in Shelbyville IN

admin · 2015-07-26 at 6:21 pm

I think the can is probably from the Page Milk Company in Coffeyville, Kansas, or the one that was in Wisconsin but I’m not sure. Jim Page moved to Coffeyville and ran the Page Milk Company in the mid-1930s while brother W.O. “Bill” Page managed the Page-owned ice cream company in Tulsa, OK, that carried the Glencliff brand. Another brother, George Page, operated the Wisconsin-based dairy and milk company. Page Milk Company in Coffeyville ceased in the mid-1970s, and the iconic company located on Coffeyville’s west side was dismantled shortly thereafter. The Page Dairy, from Toledo, OH was established by cousins, and was operated as a separate company. Hope this helps!

Bill powell · 2015-08-23 at 8:07 am

I have 4 folding wood chairs with kleen maid ice cream signs in the backs that have been in barn for years. Is there any value to them? Good condition thanks bill

admin · 2015-08-23 at 11:28 am

Hi Bill –

Thank you for your message. It is hard to place a value on your chairs. I believe the chairs were first used in a ballroom or ice cream parlor in the dairy in Toledo in the 1920s/30s. There is a picture on our website showing them in the Camp Miakonda Dining Hall, adjacent to Wildwood Preserve, where some of them ended up at some point. I’m not sure how we acquired some of ours, but we did get one or two from the camp. I’m sorry I can’t give you more information on them, because my late husband was the family historian. But we love our chairs….hope you do too!!

Kathy Page

Richard Page · 2016-02-17 at 5:00 pm

If people want to know about The Page Milk Company, started by R.B. Page, they can contact my brother George R. Page at

The business closed in 1973. The Merrill, WI plant building is being demolished this spring.

admin · 2016-02-17 at 7:30 pm

Thank you! I also posted this on our Facebook page. 🙂

J.R.BENSON · 2016-02-20 at 1:53 pm


admin · 2016-02-20 at 2:12 pm

Thank you! I will post this on our Facebook page as well. I’m always surprised at the number of collectors that still collect Page bottles!

Deb Schorzman · 2016-04-03 at 7:08 pm

The Page Milk Company in Coffeyville, Kansas once gave away plastic cowboy boot mugs in different colors. We lived in Coffeyville and my dad bought each of us kids a boot mug probably in 1956 or 1957. Does anyone collect these? thanks!

admin · 2016-04-03 at 7:59 pm

I will post this on the Page Dairy Facebook page and see if anyone has a collection. We would love to see a picture. Thank you for visiting our page!

Donald Trumbull · 2016-04-13 at 6:00 pm

My Father Harold L. Trumbull worked for the Page Dairy, I think he started in either 1949 or 1950 which is the year I was born at Riverside Hospital on Summit Street in Toledo. I remember dad going to work at the dairy and in 1957 he told my mom that the dairy wanted to put a delivery depot between Howell and Brighton Michigan so they could be more efficient in delivering their products to the stores in the Detroit area. He agreed to move to Michigan and we did that in the summer of 1957, either June or July. I can’t remember how long he stayed with the dairy but I do remember that they closed the depot and returned to Toledo but I can’t remember the year that happened. If anyone has any idea when they closed the depot please let me know as both of my parents have passed away so there isn’t anyone to ask.Thank you

Don Trumbull

admin · 2016-04-13 at 6:55 pm

Thank you for visiting our page. I’ll post your query on our Facebook page and see if anyone can answer your question.

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