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Wisconsin Dairymen's Association / Tenth annual report of the Wisconsin Dairymen's Association : held at Sheboygan, Wis., January 11-13, 1882. Report of the proceedings, annual address of the president, and interesting essays relating to the dairy interests

Morley, Fannie
The dignity of butter making, from a woman's standpoint,   pp. 60-63 PDF (817.1 KB)

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WiscossiN DMRuymm's Amocunow. 
her cre. Her personal attention is required in every detail,- the 
proper curing of the cream, temperature when churned, the color- 
ing,- by the way, a tax upon her artistic taste and skill; the salting; 
all these and many more little things not on the programme, but 
ever forcing their way to light and demanding care. 
Then, too, there is this point I would like to make and urge 
upon your practical consideration - the mutual benefit &rising from 
the young lady holding the position of butter maker in your own 
household. Be she hired girl or daughter, the responsibility given, 
the trust enjoined, cannot fail to exert good influence over her heart, 
head and hand. The busy housewife, who has thought that no one 
else could turn out the golden butter like unto she herself, finds 
upon trial, in many instances, that hers was a mistaken idea, and 
that now she is entirely free from this work whose discipline she 
does not need, free to read a little more and rest a little more. 
There is wide scope for the exercise of skill in coloring butter. 
We do not relish butter that is so high colored as to remind us of 
the fact that we are eating butter color; neither do we enjoy eating 
butter that is so white as to resemble grease. Though otherwise 
good, this one item, which by some is considered to be of little 
importance, is I think of sufficient worth to engage our attention. 
Do we not admire the beautiful and artistic coloring of the rose, 
the rich shading of the pansy, the delicate tints of the anemone as 
it peeps from the ground so early in the spring? Nature has done 
her best to clothe her children with beauty, rendering them pleas- 
ing to the eye of the beholder; and shall not we obey the spirit of 
the law which governs her by giving to our butter a fine natural 
Nothing was ever beautiful in vain, 
Or all In vain was good." 
We know that we, the butter makers of Wisconsin, have nothing 
to be ashamed of in the way of reputation certainly; and if the 
work is not dignified enough for us, let us make it so by putting our 
highest ambition, talent, skill, planning and thinking into the work 
of raising the standard of our butter. This cannot be accomplished 
by spasmodic effort. It requires unceasing vigilance, precision, 
method. These component factors of success, brought into requisi- 
tion and harmoniously carried out, will produce the desired result, 

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