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Miller Dairy Farms records

Identifier: 00145

Scope and Contents

The Miller Dairy Farms records of their ice cream enterprise is comprised of 1 general account book from 1900-1904; 28 ice cream order books from 1910-1932; 10 receipt books from 1930-1948; 3 expense journals from 1943-1950; and various other account volumes from 1930-1945. There are receipts from 1902-1949; correspondence from 1910-1949; various financial papers from 1912-1945; and advertisements and customer lists. A 75th anniversary edition of the Miller's Farm News newspaper give historical and general information on the Miller Dairy Farms from 1896-1971, with biographical information on Dennis G. Miller and his son, George F. Miller, president of the company until his death in 1979. Personal items include a personal ledger of school expenses from 1913-1915; Boy Scout pamphlets from 1959-1965; and obituaries for George F. Miller in 1979. There are also photographs taken from circa 1920 to circa 1949 of the soda bar, downtown Eaton Rapids, Miller dairy farm and ice cream factory, an ice cream delivery truck, and Dennis G. Miller. Also included in this collection are two postcards of Eaton Rapids.


  • Creation: 1900 - 1979

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Historical Note

Miller Dairy Farms, located in Eaton Rapids, Michiga, began producing ice cream in 1896. Dennis G. Miller founded the enterprise, which grew from an 111 acre farm in 1896 to 14 farms in Eaton and Ingham counties, covering 1,300 acres by 1971, with ice cream sold through 11 Miller Dairy Farms stores and 150 dealers in Michigan.


6 Cubic Feet (, 48 volumes in box.)

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Custodial History

Gift of Bryce E. Thomson, 1979-07-03.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Miller Dairy Farms Records
4 Published And Cataloged
D. Sadler
October 1979
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

Conrad Hall
943 Conrad Road, Room 101
East Lansing MI 48824 US