butter, buttermaking, creamery, dairy industry


The historical marker placed along Highway 35 near Luck, Wisconsin, commemorating the founding of Wisconsin's first cooperative creamery-the Luck Creamery Company-on the north shore of nearby Little Butternut Lake, West Denmark, notes that "the first Buttermaker was a Danish woman who made butter in large wooden churns." A brief history of this pioneering Danish woman was provided by her son, Ansgar Ravnholt, a few years before his death in 1964.1 This author, a grandson, has contributed additional details from more recently discovered records.