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Hermon C. Raven papers

 Record Group
Identifier: UA-10.3.115

Scope and Content

The collection contains clippings, photographs, certificate of appreciation, and ribbons, dealing with butter making, and the life of Hermon C. Raven (April 24, 1881-April 5, 1937).


  • Creation: 1909 - 1962, undated


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.

Biographical Note

Hermon Case Raven was born April 24, 1881 to William Franklin Raven and Elona Case Raven. His father worked for Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University) as an extension representative for many years and was a known progressive farmer. He also owned the first Babcock tester (four bottle) in southern Michigan and had a creamery on his farm. It was here that Hermon first learned about creamery work.

In 1900, Hermon attended Michigan Agricultural College. In 1901 he worked a year in a creamery at Jerome, Michigan and then at the Ohio Dairy Company in Toledo, Ohio, for about six months. In the spring of 1903, he went to Cook Valley, Wisconsin where he ran a skimming station.

In January 1904, he attended a creamery short course at the University of Wisconsin. He then operated the Co-operative Creamery at Vale. Wisconsin during 1907 - 1909. Early in 1910 he moved to Clinton Junction, Wisconsin where he worked for Ed Seaman for a year.

In April 1911, he moved to Portland, Oregon and in May 1911 he started working for the Hazelwood Creamery and continued until 1920.

In March 1920, he and his wife opened the Raven Dairy in a small stall in the Fire House Market. Here they expanded several times, and in November 1923, they moved to the Russell Building, 715 S. W. 4th Avenue.

He passed away April 5, 1937.


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Custodial History

Transferred by MSU Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition.

Legal Status

Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright to Michigan State University but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Copyright restrictions may apply. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Hermon C. Raven Papers
4 Published And Cataloged
E. Busch
December 2011
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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